News / 7.22.16

Fri’d Greens – Water Conservation and Stormwater Management

Links to recent articles showcasing new trends and ideas in the sustainable design world

This week's sustainable design 'Fri'd Green' discoveries by Epstein's principal designer Darren Hoppa, NCARB, LEED AP include links to articles on water conservation and stormwater management. Enjoy…

Living next to the world's largest (unfrozen) reserve of freshwater may make it seem that we don't need to worry about access to water. However that very reason is what demands our attention in managing and protecting it as regional, national and global pressures on drinking water continue to intensify. What that in mind, The AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment will be hosting a special presentation on Urban Stormwater Management, Landscaping and Resilience next Wednesday at 5:30PM. All are welcome and encouraged to check it out. Resilient Landscapes: Designing for Water, Risk, and Remediation

Conserve Water at Home: A Closer Look Into Which Rooms Use The Most Water, and How to Save It

Sustainable Cities Collective

The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day. You may think you can't possibly consume that much water each day, but you'd be surprised at how quickly your use adds up. As many areas around the country face water shortages, it's up to all of us to do whatever we can to find ways to save this precious resource. Here are a few things you can do around the house to save water—and money—each month.

Before It Runs Off

ULI Magazine

Today, Los Angeles is one of the many cities around the world facing the new paradigm of water management. No longer is it practical to simply let stormwater drain into the ocean. Problems as diverse as drought, overflowing sewer pipes, and beach closures due to pollution have prompted new regulations and the need for new approaches. Any developer wanting to build in Los Angeles nowadays needs to have a stormwater plan.

Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management?

Sustainable Cities Collective

As the world's population grows and urbanization increases, protection of water resources from urban runoff and associated pollutants like sediment, nutrients, metals, pathogens, trash, and hydrocarbons is a constantly growing challenge. Fortunately, the tools and approaches used by engineers to control stormwater and provide water quality treatment are evolving to meet watershed restoration goals and new regulatory requirements. Increasingly, bio-engineering approaches like Low Impact Development (LID) and green infrastructure (GI) are being proposed as methods to mitigate the impacts of urbanization.


How Houses Were Cooled Before Air Conditioning


This summer, while switching on your window units, adjusting the controls of your central air, or even stepping into a frigid subway car, remember that as little as just under a century ago, people had to rely mostly on design tricks to find relief from the heat. And, in the event that you find yourself with a busted air conditioner in these dog days? Throw your windows open—you might discover a cross draft you never knew you had.