Net Zero Water Forum: Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 8:30am to 12:30pm EST
30 South 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Living Building Challenge Water Petal is intended to redefine our relationship to water and 'waste' in the built environment. In this 4-hour in-depth review of the Water Petal, participants will gain an understanding of how to meet the water-related Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge: I-05 Net Zero Water and I-06 Ecological Water Flow. In addition to illustrating innovative water solutions from around the globe, this interactive session will include small group discussion to identify the major water challenges in their region. Later in the session, groups will discuss opportunities to apply goals of the Water Petal to the challenges identified in the earlier group discussion.

How can decentralized water infrastructure be part of the solution? What regulatory obstacles exist? What needs to change in order to support net zero water and ecological water flow projects in the region? Appropriate for anyone working in the building industry, participants should already have an understanding of the Living Building Challenge.  You should be familiar with the Standard and the Imperatives and Petal structure of the Challenge.

Workshop Overview:

8:30 - 9:15  Introduction, LBC Imperative Requirements and Big Picture
9:15 - 10:00  Deeper Dive - Onsite Water Collection, Storm and Wastewater Treatment
10:00 - 10:15  Discussion and Biobreak
10:15 - 11:30  Onsite Storm and Wastewater Treatment Case Study, Phipps and Frick Park
11:30 - 12:30   Forum Discussion Regarding Reulatory Issues and Barriers

Brad Liljequist - Technical Director, Living Building Challenge / Seattle, WA
Brad is a sustainable building expert, urban designer, planner, and program and development manager with 25 years of successful management of many change-accelerating, sustainability-oriented projects, plans, and programs. He directed development of Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology award.  He brings a pragmatic, results oriented focus to catalyzing deep change throughout the built environment, with a particular passion for zero carbon footprint buildings and communities.   He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University (history), studied theology at the University of St. Andrews, and holds a Master’s in environmental policy from the University of Washington Evans School.  He grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, is an avid birder and backpacker, and has a seemingly limitless ability to mess with and think about vintage bicycles, vintage British audio gear, records, Northwest mystic art, and French wine. 


Learning Objectives:

- Learner will identify the key components of the Water Petal
- Learner will identify 3 scale appropriate strategies for achieving net zero water
- Learner will be able to define a close loop system
- Learner will be able to identify all documentation required for certification 

This forum is approved by GBCI  and for 4 Continuing Education Units and International Living Future Institute for 4 LFA hours.