Deep Dives in Design: Towards Net Zero Water

Three-Part Webinar Series

The New England Living Building Collaborative is presenting a series of webinars on how water management, water efficiency, and water and energy nexus concepts can be incorporated into project planning, design, construction and operation. The series has a working title of: “Deep Dives in Design – Towards Net Zero Water” and is currently proposed to have the following three webinars:

 

  1. Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center
  2. Deep Dive into Onsite Water Reuse in New York City
  3. Deep Dive into Net Zero and the Water-Energy Nexus

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Why do we need a series of webinars on water and the built environment?

To help project owners, planners, designers, contractors, operators and regulators understand how the following issues have been addressed:

  • Water is an essential to life.
  • Fresh water is a finite resource.
  • Water infrastructure is expensive, with great variability in cost from community to community.
  • Water should not be treated as separate streams (drinking water, cooling water, stormwater, irrigation water, etc.) but as inter-related resources in a common water cycle
  • Energy is required to extract, treat, use, and recycle used water; and water can be an energy resource.
  • Net zero water is generally defined as balancing water consumption with the amount of water that is available onsite, from either rainfall, groundwater or surface water; and returning used water to the local water cycle.
  • Different “green” building, district, neighborhood, or community certification programs emphasize different aspects of minimizing water use, onsite treatment and reuse of water and balancing water use with water availability.

About the Living Future Collaborative New England

Built Environment Plus’s Living Future Collaborative New England promotes the Living Building Challenge and other ILFI programs. The Collaborative promotes the transformation of communities throughout Boston and New England that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. Learn more about the Collaborative and the International Living Future Institute here.

Course Information

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center is happening on October 15th from 8 - 10am | Featuring Sara Draper, director, R.W. Kern Center; Chris Chamberland, prin. civil engr., Berkshire Design Group; Christopher Nielson, architect, Bruner/Cott; Bruce Douglas, vice president, Natural Systems Utilities | SPECIAL PROMOTION: Register for all three courses, get one FREE!

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center

October 15th | 8 – 10am | Zoom Webinar

The first webinar of the series, will focus on the R.W. Kern Center, at Hampshire College in Hampshire MA as a case study. The R.W. Kern Center received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, with a very robust means of addressing the LBC’s water petal needs, without connection to the municipal sewer.

Meet the Speakers

  • Sara Draper is the Director of the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Sara showcases the RWKC as a powerhouse of educational innovation and model for positive environmental change through building tours, research partnerships, courses, community events, and outreach to building and design teams.
  • Chris Chamberland is a principal civil engineer at the Berkshire Design Group in Northampton, MA
  • Christopher Nielson is an architect at Bruner/Cott in Boston, MA
  • Bruce Douglas is a Vice President at Natural Systems Utilities in Fall River MA. Bruce is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in water resource management, focusing on responsible water resource management in rural, suburban, and urban contexts; working on projects spanning watershed, district and building scales.

Learning Objectives

  1. What is net zero water?
  2. What are the benefits of net zero water to the building owner and user(s)?
  3. How can proactive planning and permitting achieve net zero outcomes in building design?
  4. How net water is integrated in to site and building design?

 

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City is happening on December 9th from 8 - 10am | Featuring Zach Gallagher, exec. vice president, Natural Systems Utilities; Bruce Douglas, vice president, Natural Systems Utilities; and more to come! SPECIAL PROMOTION: Register for all three courses, get one FREE!

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City

December 9th | 8 – 10am | Zoom Webinar

The second webinar will focus on urban water reuse, which has recently become practical in Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) sewer service communities, due to a 2019 housekeeping rule revision. To introduce how urban water reuse works, case studies from Battery Park City and other projects in New York City will be highlighted, as urban onsite water reuse has been in place in Manhattan since 2002. Onsite water ruse is currently embraced by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as a means of water efficiency and conservation.

Meet the Speakers

  • Zach Gallagher is an Executive Vice President at Natural Systems Utilities, in New Jersey and New York
  • Bruce Douglas is a Vice President at Natural Systems Utilities in Fall River MA. Bruce is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in water resource management, focusing on responsible water resource management in rural, suburban, and urban contexts; working on projects spanning watershed, district and building scales.
  • other speaker(s) to be announced

Learning Objectives

  1. What is net zero water and why would one reuse water in a city?
  2. How water balance planning should be incorporated into a project at the planning steps?
  3. How does urban onsite water reuse work, and how can it benefit a project’s water balance?
  4. What are the opportunities for urban water reuse in New England in general and Massachusetts in particular?

 Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus is happening on February 25th from 8 - 10am | Featuring Sheng Chu, senior project engineer, Natural Systems Utilities; Bruce Douglas, vice president, Natural Systems Utilities; and more to come! SPECIAL PROMOTION: Register for all three courses, get one FREE!

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus

February 25th | 8 – 10am | Zoom Webinar

The third webinar will explore how energy is involved with water by looking at the energy embodied in water infrastructure, and the energy available from water and how these can be utilized to contribute to an overall energy budget. The implications of embodied and operational carbon in the built environment water cycle will be addressed. Case studies to be included in this third workshop will include thermal extraction of water from reuse water in Manhattan. Additional case studies may include geothermal and extraction of thermal energy from sewers are still underdevelopment and will be announced as the workshop is refined.

Meet the Speakers

  • Sheng Chu is a Senior Project Engineer at Natural Systems Utilities
  • Bruce Douglas is a Vice President at Natural Systems Utilities in Fall River MA. Bruce is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in water resource management, focusing on responsible water resource management in rural, suburban, and urban contexts; working on projects spanning watershed, district and building scales.
  • other speaker(s) to be announced

Learning Objectives

  1. What are net zero water and the water-energy nexus?
  2. How much energy is embodied in water infrastructure?
  3. How can thermal energy be recovered from reclaimed water in a building?
  4. How can consideration of the water/energy nexus be included in project planning, design, construction and operation?

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