BC Green Building Council & Emerging Green Builders

Rainwater Harvesting: best practices & new approaches
February 4, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Burnside Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Road

We welcome speaker and landscape architect Ken Nentwig.

Rainwater harvesting is becoming a norm in many communities. Victoria’s Rainwater Standards, and those of other municipalities, are based on practices that deal mainly with stormwater issues such as flooding and pollution. The management of our water resources where it falls is a new paradigm compared to whisking it away as waste, and requires some careful rethinking. Traditional methods of dealing with water are inadequate in many ways with climate change and its more extreme weather patterns. Best practices for rainwater harvesting include understanding the potential uses, calculating the demand and supply volumes and timing, and meeting codes, regulations and standards that often vary between municipalities. This presentation unlocks some of the mysteries, and gives a basic understanding of system design criteria.

Join us and learn more about this important conservation topic!

Ken is a retired landscape architect living in Victoria, BC. He is involved in rainwater harvesting training and education development in Canada and the United states through the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM) and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA). Integrated with this he is an instructor with both Gaia College and Pacific Design Academy, and is involved with the Society for Organic Urban Land Care education programming. As a consultant, Ken works with contractors and developers in rainwater harvesting system design.