The RainXchange system combines sub-surface rainwater collection with an above-ground recirculating water feature. Rainwater from the gutters collects in an underground rain filter and is then sent to a modular storage basin; water is pumped to either the irrigation hose or recirculates through the above-ground decorative water feature and biological filter and back into the storage basin. An overflow tank allows excess rainwater to infiltrate the soil and aquifer.
Green infrastructure such as vegetated roofs, open parks, and permeable pavement can lead to higher rents, increased retail sales, reduced utility bills, and reduced crime, among other benefits, according to a new report from the NRDC.
The triennial competition awarded $330,000 to projects that the design jury determined as pushing the envelope of sustainability.
Not long after completing the New American Home 2007, a green-built show home at last year’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., veteran builder Carmen Domínguez realized the true meaning of her work. A 13-year-old boy approached her while she toured the home. “He said, ‘Thank you for doing this,’ ”Domínguez recalls, her otherwise exuberant tone softening as she retells the story. That moment deepened her commitment to bring what she learned from her first green home into the future of her business, and changed the way she looked at home building forever.
Projects include geothermal systems, rainwater catchment, ICFs, and straw bale construction.
New research looks at impacts of greywater reuse to help push regulations forward.
A handful of municipalities in Southern California are aiming to reduce their use of imported water by 40 billion gallons by 2035. Will other cities follow their lead?
This subsurface modular container system holds soil to help manage stormwater onsite and help tree roos grow.
Harold Smethills explains why—and how—we can design future communities around water conservation.
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