The Urban Fabrick Collaborative, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, now The William J. Worthen Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of “A Design Professional’s Guide to Onsite Water Use and Reuse” on Friday, January 19, 2018.
The goal of this guide is to make the design, value and benefits of cost-effective integration of onsite water reuse systems a core competency for architects and engineers. A working group of subject matter and industry experts was convened to develop the content for this guide and infographics, and to validate technical resources for water use and reuse. The guide addresses project pitch, design, scope definition, system specification, permitting, and operation of onsite non-potable water reuse technologies including rainwater, stormwater, and gray- and blackwater systems for residential and non-residential uses. The guide also includes onsite treatment strategies and conservation measures, the value of a more collaborative and integrated design process to ensure the success of sustainable water reuse systems, the water-energy nexus, and strategies for communicating the value of water reuse systems to clients. “The challenge for most architects is to understand how to better engage in a water discussion much earlier in the design process. If the first time you seriously discuss water with your client and plumbing engineer is at the time of bathroom and kitchen fixture selection, or when running the calculations to confirm how many LEED credits you get, you are very likely missing some interesting opportunities to collaborate and engage with your client and project team on the subject of water,” said Bill Worthen FAIA, LEED Fellow*, co-founder of Urban Fabrick Inc. and The Urban Fabrick Collaborative. The guide has been funded with generous contributions by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Google, AIA California Council, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, the City of Santa Monica, WE&RF, Crescent Heights, and Urban Fabrick, Inc.