Water Sustainability - Water Reuse Strategies

This seminar will review the benefits and challenges of implementing various water re-use strategies, focused on building HVAC and Plumbing systems. The seminar will also define the net zero water concept and strategies for achieving a net zero water condition at a site through various case studies. Four sources will be described: Sub-surface Water, Rainwater, Gray-water and Black-water. Public policy (codes, etc.) changes required to more readily integrate these strategies into standard building design will be discussed. Case study information from actual and proposed water re-use projects will be presented, including a summary review of the financial benefits associated with incorporating these strategies. The technological advances that have helped such systems to readily be used will be shared along with the water quality considerations associated with alternative water sources and potential end uses. Taking advantage of the availability of “wasted water” by the systems designer is based on whether they are aware of the critical elements that define successful system design, an overview of such design elements will be part of this seminar.

Credits: Approved for 1 AIA LU/HSW and 1 GBCI CE Hour

Michael Berning & John Hazlett


Michael Berning
PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Sr. Principal, Director of Sustainable Design Heapy Engineering

Michael Berning is responsible for the strategic integration of Sustainability across Heapy Engineering’s services and markets. Under his leadership the 175 employee firm has grown to be a nationally recognized leader in sustainability; is involved with over 280 LEED projects and over 80 employees are LEED AP’s. Michael has presented at several National and many regional/local Conferences (AIA National, National Conference on Building Commissioning, World Energy Engineering Conference). He has provided Sustainability/LEED Training for over 1000 industry professionals. He is a Fellow for the Hobart Center for Food Service Sustainability, and writes a regular column for EDC Magazine focused on sustainability. He directed the effort to obtain LEED PLATINUM certification for the Heapy Engineering Headquarters. He leads sustainability on the local level as Co-Chair of the Dayton (Ohio) Regional Green Task Force and is a Regional Chair for the USGBC’s College and University based USGBC Students Program.

John Hazlett
Manager, Water Footprinting Services, Williams Creek Consulting

John Hazlett is a Program Manager with 10 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and wet weather management. Prior to joining Williams Creek Consulting, John was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy Initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects. John also developed and managed the City’s Sustainable Facilities Initiative, energy and water conservation retrofit of 61 City facilities highlighted by a deep energy retrofit of the 50 year old City County Building that earned the EPA ENERGY STAR label. John’s extensive experience includes working not only in the Midwest but also for municipal and county government in Portland, Oregon in stormwater management and helping industrial and commercial customers meet their internal sustainability goals through facility audits. John holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning.