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Net Zero Water for Buildings & Sites

Integrated Water Management Design and Implementation

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Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites is a cutting-edge professional development opportunity for those who are serious about pushing the boundaries of green buildings and sustainable water use. This ten hour course provides detailed technical information on water management systems that allow designers to engineer buildings with the goal of achieving independence from municipal infrastructure, through a combination of rainfall harvesting, aggressive conservation, onsite treatment, storage and water recycling. The result of over 5 years of research and development, the course curriculum addresses the next frontier in green building and resilience. Very few buildings around the world have managed to achieve net zero water use, yet it remains a critical response to growing water scarcity in many regions, and a basic requirement of the Living Building Challenge.

The development of this course was sponsored by Jeffery L. Bruce and Company, Hunter Industries, and Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply.


Net Zero Water for Buildings & Sites Includes:

  • Access to the Net Zero Water for Buildings & Sites course (10 hours)
  • A 450 page resource manual, in either digital or hard-copy format
  • A certificate of course completion, upon request

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the stages in an integrated water cycle: harvest, entry treatment, conveyance, storage, use treatment, distribution, and usage
  • Explore costs and benefits of integrated water management systems
  • Establish best practices for design, installation and maintenance of system components, as well as learn how to overcome design challenges
  • Learn how system monitoring can be used to evaluate the efficiency and performance of a fully functioning system
  • Learn how integrated water management systems are being used to meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management
  • Discover emerging technologies that are being used to perform various functions in the integrated water cycle
  • Review different types of storage tanks and cisterns on the market and understand the advantages and disadvantages of above versus below ground systems
  • Identify the key elements of a maintenance plan that will keep tanks and cisterns functioning efficiently
  • Identify types and of contaminants in reuse water
  • Explore processes for water treatment and how to select the best process for particular applications
  • Examine the use of filtration technologies for particulate removal

Net Zero Water for Buildings & Sites Overview

Module 1 | Introduction to Net Zero Water and the Integrated Water Cycle

  • The Promise of Integrated Water Management
  • The Net Zero Water Concept
  • Harvesting Opportunities
  • Measuring Needs and Outcomes
  • Review: Week 1 Quiz

Module 2 | Water Harvesting and Treatment Approaches

  • Introduction to Water Quality and Treatment Approaches
  • Introduction to Water Harvesting System Components
  • High-Efficiency Uses of Harvested Water
  • Review: Week 2 Quiz

Module 3 | Water Harvesting System Design and Installation

  • Cisterns and Tanks
  • Determining Water Demand
  • Water Harvesting System Design and Installation
  • Review: Week 3 Quiz

Module 4 | Pre-Treatment and Cistern System Maintenance

  • Case Study: Kansas City Performing Arts Center Garage
  • Pre-Treatment Approaches
  • Cistern System Maintenance
  • Review: Week 4 Quiz

Module 5 | Water Quality and Treatment Approaches – Part 1

  • Sources of Contaminants in Reuse Water - Part 1
  • Sources of Contaminants in Reuse Water - Part 2
  • Selecting Water Treatment Approaches
  • Filtration Equipment
  • Review: Week 5 Quiz

Module 6 | Water Quality and Treatment Approaches – Part 2

  • Membrane Filtration
  • UV Disinfection
  • Chemical Disinfection
  • Alternative Disinfection Methods
  • Review: Week 6 Quiz

Module 7 | High-Efficiency Distribution and End-Use – Part 1

  • Basic Hydraulics
  • Pumps - Part 1
  • Pumps - Part 2
  • Pumps - Part 3
  • Review: Week 7 Quiz

Module 8 | High-Efficiency Distribution and End-Use – Part 2

  • Landscape Water Management - Part 1
  • Landscape Water Management - Part 2
  • Landscape Water Management - Part 3
  • Landscape Water Management - Part 4
  • Landscape Water Management - Part 5
  • Strategies for Water Conservation
  • Review: Week 8 Quiz

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 10 Continuing Education Credit for GRPs.


"This was a very in-depth course that provided a comprehensive understanding of water harvesting and conservation principles, with many resources for use in future applications."

- Richard Hammond, Cornerstone Architecture

"We have supported this educational program since its inception because we believe that it’s the best educational program to provide detailed training and knowledge in this field. The course manuals are top notch."

- Warren Gorowitz, Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation

Your Instructor


Jeffrey L. Bruce
Jeffrey L. Bruce

Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, is owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC), a national landscape architectural firm. Founded in 1986, JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s leading architectural and landscape architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, performance sports turf, and irrigation engineering. Jeffrey has received over 60 separate design and leadership awards and his firm's projects have been published 85 times. He is licensed to practice in 20 states and is a board member of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants and Green Roofs for Healthy


Class Curriculum


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