2022 Climate Action Webinars, Climate Action Webinar|

Water: Resilient Sustainable Outcomes Pt. II | Design Approaches to Integration of Natural and Built Systems

When: July 13th, 2022 11:30am – 1:00pm

Units: 1.5 LU/HSW (pending approval)


Pauline Souza, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, LFA — Partner, Director of Sustainability | WRNS STUDIO


John Leys, PE, LEED AP — Managing Principal Sherwood Design Engineers headquarters office San Francisco

Designers aspire to do the right thing when it comes to ensuring resilient outcomes for our projects, including the integration of water management into the design of a building or site. This starts by both looking backwards in time, hydrologically and ecologically, to see how the natural systems functioned, as well as looking forward to understanding the challenges facing a site in terms of water resilience such as drought, urban heat island, the potential flash floods from intense rainfall events, and fire risk.

New challenges have materialized over the past 20 years that have required more sophisticated approaches and the ability to quantify benefits for clients, design partners, and regulators. With a heavy focus on resilience, Sherwood has refined the approach to water management to think about the relationship of water in built and natural systems. Made in partnership with the AIA CA Climate Action Resilient Design Committee, this session will provide insights into this design approach through case studies at the building, site, and campus scale, including Microsoft’s new Silicon Valley Campus, a COTE Top 10 Award Winning project, and UC Berkeley’s Resilient Water Plan.

(Watching video recordings of past webinars does not give the opportunity to receive any AIA LUs / CE credit.)
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