Green Construction and Assembly

Net Positive Water

11 March 2015 17:30-19:30

Water, often referred to as the 'new carbon', is arguably the next major sustainability hurdle the built environment faces. How could we, as emerging standards are suggesting, move towards net-positive or closed loop water systems, where all water in a building is "captured, treated, used/reused and released clean within the boundaries of the building" Buildings as water cleansing rather than water polluting facilities?

This Green Vision evening session will focus on a number of current approaches to help us better understand the water challenge & to improve our approach to water design, management and conservation.

Louise Walker, Innovation Manager,Water@Leeds

Louise will talk about how we can better incorporate water into our thinking for new buildings & retrofit to help improve water quality, reduce flooding, provide water resources & create better places to live. This sounds ambitious but it is all part of the concept of 'Water Sensitivity' and has been embraced through initiatives such as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Australia. Currently, water management in the UK is compartmentalised & surface water management in particular is not prioritised.


How can we improve the situation and will the Water Petal of the Living Building Challenge help?


Martin Brown, Green Vision and Living Building Challenge Ambassador

Martin will be joining us live from the Bullitt Centre in Seattle for a short audio update with insights on his visit to the 'Greenest Building in the World'

"The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the property & built environment marketplace faster and further by showing what's possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us ... we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable"
To get involved join us on 11th March 2015 at 
Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds