WB04 - Towards Net Zero Water in LEED: a Forum on Whole Project Water Use

Tuesday, November 7 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM | 205A

Abstract Text:

To advance the building industry’s move toward net zero water system design and operations, practitioners and planners must be able to holistically predict and balance project water demand with efficiency strategies. Join USGBC, a LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group member, and a LEED project team member for a presentation and discussion of whole-building water balance modeling, LEED v4’s newest performance-based pathway for teams to demonstrate reductions in water consumption. Depending on the building type and use, LEED may not previously have addressed all water use within a project boundary. With the LEED v4 pilot alternative compliance path for Whole Project Water Use, project teams consider all water sources and uses typically associated with the project type, location, building, and site, develop a baseline for total water demand and document efficiency strategies that reduce consumption in a proposed water balance model. Design teams have the opportunity to earn 10 points in the LEED Water Efficiency credit category by documenting a 65% percentage reduction in overall water use against the baseline. Over the course of this two-part series hosted at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and the WaterBuild Summit, attendees will learn how to successfully develop a water balance model using a LEED project case study. Leaders in the building industry will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the water budget methodology, share best practices for implementation, and recommend pilot credit improvements.

Learning Objectives:

Develop a water balance model for a building project and associated site

Submit high-quality documentation that demonstrates compliance with the LEED v4 pilot alternative compliance path for Whole Project Water Use

Describe the value of whole-building water balance modeling as a design and operations tool

Provide resources that identify baseline water consumption of water uses typically associated with a project type, location, building and site

Learning Level:

Level 200 - Understanding/Comprehension


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU|HSW

Education Tracks: WaterBuild Summit

Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session