This article will review the benefits and challenges of implementing water reuse strategies, focused on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing systems at the new 217,000-sq-ft Milton Union K-12 School. Public policy changes (codes, etc.) needed to be addressed during a project to more readily integrate these strategies into the building design. A summary of the water savings associated with incorporating these strategies is described herein.
K-12 school uses rainwater for toilet flushing & irrigation
Commercial applications for harvested rainwater are no longer a rarity in the U.S., though few uses of this heaven-sent water match the AdvancED facility in Alpharetta, Ga., for sustainability and energy efficiency. The U.S. Green Building Council thought so, too — the new global headquarters facility earned LEED Gold status.
Building leverages rainwater for HVAC energy savings
In 2007, Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins organization began constructing Target Field, an approximately 40,000-seat stadium located in the heart of Minneapolis. The organization’s goal was to make it a LEED-certified professional sports venue, which would recognize its sustainable building strategies and practices.
Target Field receives LEED certification with innovative rainwater reuse system
Rain harvesting school campus to transform education through water collection and agriculture
A unique secondary school campus, conceived and designed by the nonprofit design and innovation group PITCHAfrica, opens this month at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The Waterbank Campus comprises four unique, low-cost, rainwater harvesting building types invented by PITCHAfrica, and termed Waterbanks because of the building’s capacity to harvest and store high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year-round supply.
With drinking water becoming scarcer due to drought in highly populated areas and drinking water sources becoming more polluted, both individual homeowners and businesses are becoming aware of the need for drinking water conservation. This brings to mind the old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Integrating water conservation strategies into water management
Our planet has massive water resources, but easy access to high-quality water is limited. As our global water supply becomes dirtier, the amount of energy required to deliver clean, usable water continues to rise.
Greywater reuse systems help alleviate water scarcity
Talking Tanks monitors water levels in rainwater tanks, automatically releasing water at a controlled rate if required. The system preempts the release of water from set points chosen by the user according to rain or storm predictions, which are received via a communications link to the Bureau of Meteorology. An advanced algorithm analyzes how successful the capture of rainwater was and adjusts accordingly for future events.
In the world of aquatic sporting and adventure, there are few places on Earth as well recognized as San Francisco’s waterfront along the Embarcadero. Located in the heart of the city’s bustling Fisherman’s Wharf area, Pier 27, once visited daily by hordes of residents and tourists alike, had gradually deteriorated under withering traffic over the past decade.
Sailing race venue integrates rainwater treatment and reuse
The systems monitor water levels in rainwater tanks and release it at a controlled rate
Through an industry-led project, Australia has opened the floodgates to intelligent rainwater tank systems. Talking Tanks monitor water levels in a rainwater tank and automatically release water at a controlled rate if required. The system pre-empts the release of water from set points that are chosen by the user, according to rain or storm predictions, which are received via a communications link to the Bureau of Meteorology.