WaterBuild addresses many facets of water resilience

WaterBuild addresses many facets of water resilience

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With the extreme weather events of the past month—hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires—water resilience and water risk mitigation are top of mind.

The WaterBuild Summit at next month’s Greenbuild Boston tackles those topics through discussions aimed at better using and conserving the resource.

Here are just a few considerations at the nexus of water and resilience that will be explored:

Water resilience and technology

Communications and energy infrastructure can be crippled by a severe storm, but how can technology help officials predict and model design shortcomings? Technology can help track performance of the infrastructure, including rainwater quantity and quality, potable water quality, wastewater processing and water access. Emerging set of tools can be used to adapt to the "new normal” of severe weather cycles. At the WaterBuild Summit, participants will talk about and explore applications of some of the emerging technologies, as well as revisiting some of the existing technologies that might help officials plan better and adapt better in the long-term.

Water resilience and equity

Many residents displaced by flood events do not have the available resources to rebuild new homes, restore their old homes or return to live in recovering communities. When the water rises or spoils, it does so indiscriminately. Its impacts are rarely felt equally. How we plan for those often-predictable impacts, and how we provide support services doesn’t have to be indiscriminate; it can be done with intention. WaterBuild’s program will build on the 2016 summit and deepen discussion on the important topic, giving consideration to how water can negatively impact a community and how to design with greater equity in mind.

Water resilience and grey/green infrastructure

Amazing feats of engineering have been developed to manage and mitigate risks to water quantity and quality. When deployed effectively, these can complement nature’s many tools in its toolbox. Engaging communities and design teams in dialogue about how to apply both grey and green infrastructure to have the greatest impact on adaptation is essential to developing solutions that will last. There are many dimensions to infrastructure development. Considering the greatest multiple outcomes of a solution set will set the standard of gaining the greatest return on investment. 



Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Engineering Firms, Environmental Firms, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC, Wastewater Management / Wastewater Treatment, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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