Presentation on theme: "Capture > Filter > Reuse 1 Overview. Headquarters outside Chicago, IL achieved Silver Level recognition in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental."— Presentation transcript:
Headquarters outside Chicago, IL achieved Silver Level recognition in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating system. This is not just a hobby. Largest sloping green roof in North America
The Perfect Marriage of Two Effective Strategies 15 Rain Barrels + Rain Gardens
Green Community Makeover Movement By retrofitting existing residential neighborhoods, How much can we lessen demand on municipal storm water and sewage systems ?
http://www.aquascapeinc.com/extreme-green-community-makeover In July 2009 an entire neighborhood received a green makeover by incorporating rainwater harvesting solutions, native plantings, pervious patios, LED landscape lighting and more. Residents of Lakes of Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois reap conservation benefits when Aquascape contractors from across the nation arrived to “green” their community. “Neighborhoods created before the popularity of sustainable landscapes can be retrofitted to become environmentally friendly,” explained Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer at Aquascape Inc. “Outdoor conservation efforts need not be limited to new construction sites. Our vision is to create a template for contractors or homeowner associations to implement in greening communities across North America.” Over 30 rainwater harvesting projects were installed for the Extreme Green Community Makeover including ecosystem ponds, rain gardens, RainXchange Rain Barrels, and the RainXchange System paired with a Pondless® Waterfall, decorative fountain, or pervious pavers and fountain. Native plantings, and permeable patios are also incorporated into the residential landscapes. Enter, The Lake at Bliss Woods (Sugar Grove, IL)
Project Spotlight Extreme Green Community makeover
The RainXchange™ System in a Residential setting 22
The RainXchange ™ Downspout Filter Filters Rainwater Before Entering the Storage Basin 23 Grated lid and layer of gravel removes large debris, such as leaves and twigs Smaller particulates are captured in a 300 micron, easy to clean debris net Molded hose-tail stub fits 3” or 4” corrugated drain pipe Designed to sit at the base of the downspout
The Size of the Storage Basin Depends on the Site’s Water Use Requirements 24
Unconfined Crush Testing: AquaBlox ® Water Matrix Modules ImperialMetric Crush Load34 psi24 t/m2 Displacement.433”11 mm The water storage module of the RainXchange can be installed underneath permeable pavers. Drive on top of 3,000 gallons of water.
The RainXchange ™ Specification Calculator Helps Demystify Designing a Rainwater Harvest System The RainXchange™ Specification Calculator will: Tell you what size system the project will require Include 30 yr average rainfall data for your region Calculate how much water the client’s roof can generate during a rain storm Demonstrate many different scenarios: – The effect of adding or removing downspout filters – Water requirements based on multiple irrigation zones, and plant evapotranspiration rates – The impact of different storage basin sizes on overall water savings annually 27
Harvested Water Accessed Through the Water Feature Supply Line 28 Booster fitting kit plumbed into water feature supply line
Booster Pump Provides Water Access Increases Water Pressure for Irrigation 29 The AquaSurge ™ Pumps that are included with the RainXchange ™ Systems are high-flow, low-head pumps. They will provide water for very basic hand irrigation through a short garden hose. The Booster Pumps are recommended to maximize the flow through a garden hose or irrigation line.
Overflow Management Infiltration or Redirection is Required 30 Size of Infiltration depends on site soil characteristics and potential overflow quantity
RainXchange ™ Systems Design Options 31 Pondless ® Waterfall RainXchange ™ System Decorative Fountain RainXchange ™ System
People are Concerned! Gallup Poll March 2008 When Americans are asked to rate their level of worry about each of the 12 environmental concerns…. The top 4 relate to the quality of water
The Government is Concerned EPA’s report to Congress: – 45% of Stream miles – 47% of Lake acres – 32% of Estuary and Bay square miles Are not clean enough for uses such as swimming and fishing!
Similar Solutions Newsweek April 2008 “Rivers Running Dry” Strategies to help Divert Disaster… Uncomplicated, low cost, proven! Digging ponds Underground receptacles to store water for irrigation. The Stockholm International Water Institute ~Stephanie Blencker “Rain is the biggest resource we have and we can make it available all year round if we have sensible storage opportunities.”