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Emphasizing Water Efficiency

Water is essential to all life. Unsustainable water consumption and scarcity of fresh potable water has become a critical issue for much of the world, and climate change is now changing the secure perception the fresh water abundant areas, such as Portland, Oregon traditionally have had. As population increases and water supply and wastewater treatment facilities age, the concept of water independence has become more commonplace in everyday conversations about the built environment. Through a combination of rainwater harvesting, aggressive conservation and water recycling, buildings can achieve self-sufficiency from the water “grid,” and attain a Net Zero Water certification. Net Zero Water builders can certify projects by applying for Water Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge standard. The International Living Future Institute oversees this certification process.

Years of experience have helped us develop and deliver proven cost-effective systems for Net Zero Water buildings. With the help of key design build partners we’ve been designed, built and permitted multiple potable rainwater harvesting systems that utilize innovative botanical water purification and recycling systems.

Green Hammer has a long history of demonstrating leadership in water conservation and innovation as Net Zero Water builders in Portland and Ashland Oregon. To learn more about designing to Net Zero Water goals, read about Green Hammer clients Bob and Julie Granger, who live in a net zero water home in Portland, Oregon.

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