Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design
As more factors, perspectives, and metrics are incorporated into the planning and building process, the roles of engineers and designers are increasingly being fused together. Sustainable Infrastructure explores this trend with in-depth look at sustainable engineering practices in an urban design as it involves watershed master-planning, green building, optimizing water reuse, reclaiming urban spaces, green streets initiatives, and sustainable master-planning. This complete guide provides guidance on the role creative thinking and collaborative team-building play in meeting solutions needed to affect a sustainable transformation of the built environment.
seeking to develop the site in a way that would preserve the livelihoods of local farmers while providing the community’s younger generation with income and opportunities for improving its outlook. Regenerative development helps a community transition toward a more sustainable society by reducing dependence on polluting energy systems, designing more efficient buildings and transportation systems, and reintroducing lost ecosystem services to the community. These projects often include brownfield
activity and community involvement. Community meetings will conduct surveys and gather input about what is or isn’t working within the community and attempt to involve people in the larger community vision. By emphasizing local job creation and local business spending, more wealth will be kept in the community, and long commuting hours will be reduced. Volunteer and community activities, as well as walkable access to daily needs, will encourage community members to interact in positive ways,
well to places where it is needed. John Travis, Drop in the Bucket. Creative Ways to Pump and Carry Water Rotary water pumps designed as merry-go-rounds operated simply by children playing on them are a creative solution with multiple synergies—recreation, education, community involvement, and energy. They can be fitted to pull water from wells or underground storage tanks, which can then be used as needed. Another creative technology is the Hippo water roller, which consists of a barrel that
graywater systems, ensuring that they will be properly operated and maintained is especially critical to their safety and success over time. 11_453612-ch04.qxd 7/19/10 11:14 AM Page 141 Chapter 4: Integrated Water Management Matching the System to the Site Site soil conditions must be accurately measured before a graywater system is installed. If the soil has a lot of clay and percolation rates are low, the water will not drain quickly enough. This can lead to stagnant water developing
be passed on from the system designer to a building manager or new owner, then clear upkeep instructions and schedules should be provided. 141 11_453612-ch04.qxd 142 7/19/10 11:14 AM Page 142 Part II: Sustainable Resource Systems BERKELEY ECOHOUSE The Berkeley EcoHouse is California’s first permitted graywater wetland treatment system for residential use. The system is designed to receive a daily production rate of 75 gallons of graywater (from the home’s showers, bathroom sinks, and