Top Ten Measure 6: Water Cycle
- In an urban context, the site area for landscaping is comparatively small. However, the design team sought to create pockets of green native plants that would provide much-needed shade and habitat as attractors for birds, butterflies, and people. As vines take hold, green screens and shade arbors provide cooling micro-climates at the building entry points. The design for the primary entry court provides a small water basin under the dappled shade of an arbor for wildlife, as well as a calming trickle.
- Landscaping and irrigation systems are designed to reduce irrigation water consumption by 66.63%.
- The project is designed to consume 53.8% less water indoors than a typical building of its size by employing high-efficiency faucets and showers, and both low-flow and reduced-flow toilets.
- The existing asphalt-covered parking was removed to make way for pervious surface, tree-shaded parking, and reduced stormwater runoff and heat island effect.
- Details and infrastructure are in place for seamless integration of Phase II plans for rainwater harvesting as funding sources become available.
|Precipitation managed on site:||70%|
|Total water used indoors:||58797 gal/yr|
|Total water used outdoors:||2335 gal/yr|
|Percent of total water from reclaimed sources:||0%|
|Percent wastewater reused on-site:||0%|
|Calculated annual potable water use:||2.16 gal/sf/yr|