How do architects contribute towards water conservation?
Water is the essence of all lives and it constitutes 2/3 rd of the human body. The importance of water is well-known to everyone and yet we tend to imagine green designs and buildings only with solar panels and windmills around the plot. It’s true that excessive energy consumption quotes to one of the major global environmental issues, but experts after conducting innumerable researches and studies predict that insufficient water supplies can be one of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century. In this blog, let us look in detail at how architects can contribute to world water conservation.
In the present context of climate change and fast-paced urbanization, it is time for the design community and construction industry to give extra emphasis on water conservation and efficient designs to facilitate the same. Architects play a major role in coming up with green buildings and structures and the aspect of water conservation right now ranks one among the top factors that need to be considered while designing a green architectural project.
The world has almost reached a point where constructing environmentally conscious structures is vital for the existence of mankind in the long run.
Architects had come up with strategies for saving water pretty long back itself after conducting wide studies.
From Grey reclamation to rainwater harvesting, the A&D industry is now technologically advanced to produce ecologically aligned structures and buildings.
Let us look at some major water-conserving strategies practiced by architects.
1. Low flow plumbing
The first and foremost strategy is fixing plumbing fixtures that reduce the overall water consumption. Even though all fixtures do not work similarly, surveys and case studies have proved it efficient enough( which will definitely be improved in the future too with the coming of new technologies).
2. Water conservation landscaping
It is worthwhile to keep an extra eye while designing landscape, as involving more natural and native plants has the potential to minimize wastage and contribute to efficient refilling of groundwater. Fixtures like rain gardens and perennial gardens can capture and filter rainwater back into the environment. Landscaping designs that limit turf area and use native plants promise an efficient output.
4. Greywater Reclamation
In simpler terms, greywater reclamation is the process of using wastewater from showers, baths, washing machines,etc more efficiently before it gets mixed with the sewage water. This untreated waster water that hasn’t come in contact with the sewage water can be used for land irrigation, agriculture and for similar further purposes.
5. Leak Proofing
Small leaks are potential enough in leading to a huge amount of water loss with time. This costs the building owners money in addition to harming the environment needlessly. Wiping off the issue in the bud is the best along with regular checks and maintenance.
6. Rainwater Harvesting
This strategy is quite popular and maybe the most familiar one for most of you all. This process of collecting and storing rainwater for future use works well when you have a huge terrace. This age-old practice is still considered as one of the best steps taken towards conserving the resource.
Apart from all these strategies, educating the users and being consciously concerned plays the most in this movement toward conserving water for the future world. As you can see, there are considerable ways as discussed and even more to actively participate in the campaign and at the end of the day, everything matters on how seriously and cautiously one acts towards this rising issue of water scarcity.