Livestrong Foundation

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

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

For more information about the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, contact AIA/COTE. For help on how to use this Web site, contact .

Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy