Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen
Nov22

Futuristic Grey+Green Infrastructure in Copenhagen

In 2018, Copenhagen’s new waste-to-energy plant will not only set the bar high for environmental performance but also for architectural integration into the landscape with the plant containing a variety of green and recreational spaces. The city’s waste-to-energy plant, Copenhill / Amager Bakke, is being constructed by Amager Resource Center which is owned by five Danish Municipalities. The plant, projected to open in the summer of...

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Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings
Nov15

Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings

With Europe facing water scarcity, the European Union (EU) is applying a life cycle thinking framework called Level(s) to save water in buildings. By Robert C. Brears* In the EU, water scarcity is becoming more frequent, affecting at least 11% of the population and 17% of its territory. Despite this, 20-40% of Europe’s available water is being wasted through leaks, lack of water saving technologies, and unnecessary irrigation. Under a...

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Creating Water Efficient Businesses
Nov08

Creating Water Efficient Businesses

In any industry, a key aspect of ensuring quality service is recognizing that not all customers are alike. Welsh Water has developed a range of programs to cater for its business customers’ specific needs, helping them make the most efficient and cost-effective use of water. Water efficient businesses Welsh Water supplies water to over 100,000 business customers in Wales and adjoining parts of England. Many companies know how much...

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Wising Up to Water
Nov01

Wising Up to Water

With cities facing rising demand for water, along with variable supplies, water utilities are providing tailored advice to customers to modify their behavior towards water consumption. Tailored information is highly personalized and specific with the advantage being that participants receive relevant information only, instead of getting an overload of general information, which may not always apply to their household. Tailored...

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The Lone Star State’s Smart Water Leader
Oct25

The Lone Star State’s Smart Water Leader

Texas’ population is expected to increase more than 70% between 2020 and 2070, from 29.5 million to 51 million. At the same time, water demand is projected to increase by 17%, from 18.4 million acre-feet per year (maf) to 21.6 maf in 2070. One city aiming to help the state decouple population growth from water demand is Austin. Austin Water has implemented a variety of conservation programs to ensure clean water is available for...

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