Water is a finite resource; yet almost all architects and engineers do not consider water reuse in the design, construction and operations of our buildings and neighborhoods. To any designer, this should be seen as a classic design problem and a major opportunity for design professionals to start thinking differently about the future of designing with water and the opportunities water reuse in the projects we design and build.
In order to address the knowledge gaps that currently exist across the building industry, the Urban Fabrick Collaborative is currently developing the “Design Professional’s Practice Guide to Integrating Onsite Water Use and Reuse”, or the Water Reuse Practice Guide (WRPG) for short.
The working group that has developed the guide is seeking input from architects, engineers, academics and other qualified industry experts and interested parties with a working knowledge of onsite water reuse in policy, practice and design. The document provides an overview of the pros, cons, costs, technology and realities of installing, permitting and operating building or district scale non-potable water reuse systems.
The Guide is very much a work in progress. The working group is interested in your remarks on the specific details, narrative, format, technical content, presentation and organization of information and graphics. Please keep in mind as you provide your remarks that the target audience for this document is architects and other building design professionals.
Instructions for the review process are included in the Welcome and Instructions document. Kindly provide critical feedback in the Comment Form. We also ask that you complete a relatively brief survey, which we hope will allow us to better tailor the Guide’s overall message and target audience. We will need all comments by September 30th.
Peer Review Documents
Thank you for taking the time for this peer review and submitting your remarks.
Bill Worthen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, GPR is currently focused on water re-use at the building and district scale and applying whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a design tool. Bill wrote The Future of Designing (with) Water published in the January 2014 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine covering the challenges and opportunities for designing onsite water re-use systems, black and gray water technology and the water-energy nexus. Bill is also the sustainability consultant on 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, a pre-certified LEED Platinum, 70 story mixed-use residential tower that is the first developer-driven project in San Francisco to install an onsite water reuse gray water system, saving over 1.3 million gallons of potable water a year. Bill serves on the C40 Cities Roadmap Review Committee, the AIACC Energy and the Built Environment Steering Committee and holds the public seat on SF Municipal Green Building Task Force. Bill also created the Urban Fabrick Collaborative, a 501c3 focused on making sustainability fun, interesting and understandable to all.
Urban Fabrick assists project teams to meet, understand and design to new green building code requirements including CALGreen and the New York State Energy Code and a variety of local green building ordinances. We facilitate complex and high level green building certifications, onsite water reuse, net-zero energy design, sustainability master planning and climate positive development.
Urban Fabrick can help you to connect the dots and bridge many of the professional knowledge gaps that currently exist between today’s (business as usual) design practices and those required to successfully meet or exceed high performance (green) building code requirements, achieve green building ratings and make more informed, cost-effective and sustainable decisions. With over fifteen years of green building policy, practice and design expertise, Urban Fabrick adds value.