Construction often negatively impacts the natural balance of water cycles. Even regions with historically abundant quantities of potable water are depleting aquifers, while record rainfall provides destructive amounts of storm water. The Living Building Challenge developed the “Net Zero Water” requirement as a response to the growing water crisis. Living Buildings challenge architects and engineers to develop a rigorous technical design, owners to embrace a cultural shift in operations, and regulators to adapt to a new water model. This panel will present the engineering, design, and policy requirements of resilient water systems highlighted by a recently constructed net zero water project on a college campus.
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