Monday, November 23, 2009

Water Conservation in Affordable Housing

Water conservation is coming to the forefront of building design, as new regulations are coming into effect and new tools and methods are being developed to drastically cut water usage in and around buildings. Come learn about water conservation and stormwater management in affordable housing design, heard from perspectives of key stakeholders: regulatory entity, landscaping professional and nonprofit developer.

This brownbag will focus on upcoming water conservation requirements in California, resources and techniques to conserve water, and case studies of water conservation in affordable housing. Come hear about California’s outdoor water conservation requirements, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency’s (BAWSCA) related model ordinance and other regulatory tools drive water conservation. Bay Friendly Landscaping, a leading program in water conservation, will share some specific techniques on how to conserve outdoor water in housing developments. Finally, we will hear a case study from Affordable Housing Associates on water conservation in an affordable housing project.


Anona Dutton, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency

Teresa Eade, Bay Friendly Landscaping

Teresa Eade, Senior Program Manager, joined the agency staff in 1993, and has overseen the development and implementation of new programs that focus on organics and sustainable landscaping. Projects include creating a Home Composting Program with one of the highest participation rates in the country to being a lead in the development of a comprehensive sustainable landscape standard. She is currently the lead staff person of the Bay-Friendly Landscape Program for Member Agencies where she oversees the development of public policy, technical assistance and grants.

Teresa Clarke, Affordable Housing Associates

Teresa Clarke, Senior Project Manager, graduated from UC Berkeley with Masters in Architecture in 1992 and has over 15 years experience in affordable housing project development. She has been at Affordable Housing Associates for 8 years and oversees the design and construction of all the projects. At AHA, she has managed the development of close to 600 units with construction budgets ranging from $2 million to $22 million.


Build It Green: Water Conservation in Affordable Housing

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510-845-0472 ext. 110 or

Cost: $15 for Build It Green/AIA Member; $25 for non-members

Registration required. Click here to register.

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For more information: 510/464-3600

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