Now Available! The Water Reuse Practice Guide

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The Urban Fabrick Collaborative, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, now The William J.

Worthen Foundation, is pleased to announce the release of “A Design Professional’s

Guide to Onsite Water Use and Reuse” on Friday, January 19, 2018.


The goal of this guide is to make the design, value and benefits of cost-effective integration of

onsite water reuse systems a core competency for architects and engineers. A working group

of subject matter and industry experts was convened to develop the content for this guide and

infographics, and to validate technical resources for water use and reuse.


The guide addresses project pitch, design, scope definition, system specification, permitting,

and operation of onsite non-potable water reuse technologies including rainwater, stormwater,

and gray- and blackwater systems for residential and non-residential uses. The guide also

includes onsite treatment strategies and conservation measures, the value of a more

collaborative and integrated design process to ensure the success of sustainable water reuse

systems, the water-energy nexus, and strategies for communicating the value of water reuse

systems to clients.


“The challenge for most architects is to understand how to better engage in a water discussion

much earlier in the design process. If the first time you seriously discuss water with your client

and plumbing engineer is at the time of bathroom and kitchen fixture selection, or when

running the calculations to confirm how many LEED credits you get, you are very likely missing

some interesting opportunities to collaborate and engage with your client and project team on

the subject of water,” said Bill Worthen FAIA, LEED Fellow*, co-founder of Urban Fabrick Inc.

and The Urban Fabrick Collaborative.


The guide has been funded with generous contributions by The Charles Pankow Foundation,

Google, AIA California Council, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, the City of Santa Monica,

WE&RF, Crescent Heights, and Urban Fabrick, Inc. Click here for your free download.



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the National AIA organization.

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