Harvesting Rainwater for Energy Use

Sept. 14, 2017

It involves a process of collecting water from roofs and reusing it for onsite purposes.

Growing in popularity, rainwater harvesting systems are helping to reduce stormwater runoff and save energy in commercial buildings.

It involves a process of collecting water from roofs and reusing it for onsite purposes, eliminating the bulk cost of having to transport the water traditionally.

“You cannot have energy without a lot of water, and you cannot have water without a lot of energy,” says Jim Harrington of Georgia-based Rainwater Collection Solutions. “We talk about energy and read about energy all the time, but we don’t talk about the fact that probably 60% of the water that we use in the United States is used to create energy, for cooling towers and hydroelectric power. You’re talking about billions of gallons a day.”

Rainwater catchment is also a practice that can help property owners achieve LEED status for their buildings. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama recently received LEED Gold for its terminal by meeting one of the LEED features in the design consisting of harvesting that reduces water consumption and discharge into the storm water drainage system.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...