Low Impact Development
Water Harvesting

Rain Water Harvesting

A rainwater harvesting system collects water from a roof and diverts it to a storage tank where it is then used either inside or outside a building or home.  Designs range from a simple rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout for watering a garden to extensive cistern systems that can provide a substantial amount of the water for cooling tower make-up, irrigation systems, water features, and vehicle washing.

Air Conditioning Condensation Harvesting (is this ‘Air Handler Condensation’?)

Cooling systems rely on evaporator coils through which refrigerant fluid changes from liquid to vapor, cooling the coils in the process. Air blowing past the coils cools off as it goes by, and moisture from the air condenses on the coils. Condensate drains carry away the water, usually into the sewer. Instead of wasting it, more and more buildings, especially in parts of the country with hot, humid summers, are capturing that condensate for reuse.

Ground Water Collection (Ground Water Sumps)

Many buildings have underground sump with pumps that collect ground water to ensure the building and sub-structures stay dry. This water can be re-used inside or outside the building for cooling tower make-up, toilet flushing, irrigation, and other non potable uses.

Storm Water Management/Landscape

Bioretention

Bioretention areas function as soil and plant-based filtration devices that remove pollutants through a variety of physical, biological, and chemical treatment processes. The reduction of pollutant loads to receiving waters is necessary for achieving regulatory water quality goals.  One of the primary objectives of LID site design is to minimize, detain, and retain post development runoff uniformly throughout a site so as to mimic the site’s predevelopment hydrologic functions

Green Roofs

A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Benefits of a green roof include: reducing heating and cooling loads on a building, increases the roof life span, reduce storm water runoff, and filter pollutants. A concentration of green roofs in an urban area can reduce the city’s average temperature during the summer months.

Turf Grass Removal

Landscape irrigation accounts for over half of water use in non-urban parts of the US.  Replacing lawn areas with drought-tolerant native plants can cut landscape water use by over 80%, resulting in potential savings of around 750 gallons per week during the peak of summer for every 1000 square feet.  A garden of native plants can provide color, texture, and seasonal interest while at the same time offering the single greatest opportunity for to reduce outdoor water usage.

Irrigation Systems

Efficient Designs (is this Design/Audit?)

Our design team has certifications from the Irrigation Association as Certified Irrigation Designer (CID) and is recognized by the EPA as a Water Sense Partner. When an irrigation design is required for a site, a thorough evaluation is done to include, water pressure readings, soil analysis, plant water requirements, micro-climate, flow rates, water meter inclusions. We design to the meet or exceed the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) water efficiency credit by integrating, rainwater, smart controls, pressure regulation, subsurface drip tubing, flow sensing.

Smart Control Systems

“Smart” irrigation controllers work by monitoring and using information about site conditions (such as soil moisture, rain, wind, slope, soil, plant type, and more), and applying the right amount of water to the landscape based on those factors. Once the “smart” controller is installed and set up, the “smart” controller automatically takes care of seasonal weather/site specific adjustments, and allows for remote access for daily updates of the onsite conditions via the internet.

Proper Management

Management of the irrigation system is the one of the most vital aspects of water conservation for an irrigation system. Our team is trained to audit existing irrigation system to determine operating efficiency and recommending upgrades to make improvements. We evaluate soil type, precipitation rates, head and drip spacing, pressures, pump curves, flow rates, and existing schedules. Our program of upgrades includes retrofitting control systems to a central control, improving distribution, and managing the systems onsite and remotely via web-based controls.

Retrofit (not in Google Doc)

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New Installation (not in Google Doc)

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Water Leak Detection

Shadow Meters

Comprehensive water management requires an in-depth, real-time understanding of consumption. With WaterCompass, you can continuously monitor water usage of one site or across an entire portfolio from a single dashboard, including domestic water (bathrooms, kitchen, drinking fountains, etc.), cooling towers, irrigation systems and water-based fire suppression systems. It’s the ideal solution for property managers, facilities engineers and management and sustainability professionals to solve high water use and be warned of leaks.

Underground Leak Detection

Our non-invasive leak detection approaches accurately locate the origin of the leak without requiring us to drill through walls, flooring, slabs, and more. With technology such as thermal imaging cameras, snake cameras, acoustic sensor technology, and more, our technicians skillfully locate the problem, rather than guessing or utilizing the “search and destroy” approach.

Water Well Installation

Cooling Tower Make-Up

Cooling towers use fresh make-up water to replace what is lost through evaporation and blow-down. The cooling towers do not require potable water to operate and can use alternative sources of water. To reduce or remove the cooling towers from using fresh potable water, a water well can be drilled and used as the primary source of make-up water, and the potable water can a back-up water supply saving significant costs in water.

Irrigation System Supply

Landscape irrigation systems use a tremendous amount of potable water to water the landscape around buildings and park sites. A water well can be drilled and can act as the primary water supply to the irrigation system will little to no treatment.

Water Resiliency

Secure and reliable access to energy and water is essential to the DOD operational and installation missions. Vulnerabilities in the interdependent electric power grids, natural gas pipelines, and water resources supporting DOD installations jeopardize mission capabilities and installation security, and the DOD’s ability to project power and support global operations. Water wells can be drilled and used for primary or secondary water supplies that can be used for drinking water, or for mechanical uses.

SERVICES

Audit & Design

Envocore Water Efficiency Services provides comprehensive Audit and Design services based upon field-proven methods to minimize on-site water use, without impacting the mission of the facility or the tenants. Envocore Water Efficiency Services’ Audit and Design team has extensive experience in meeting the needs and requirements of all types of facilities.

Analysis

Envocore Water Efficiency Services provides a complete water use and savings analysis that can be customized to meet the needs of each individual client. The savings and costing are calculated on a solution by solution basis and are subsequently summarized by building or facility. Operational hours, census information and various other data are used in the analysis to determine savings.

These savings establish the return on investment (in years) by comparing the total cost of the project (labor, material, and waste removal) versus the annual savings.

Upon completion of the initial savings analysis the design is reevaluated using various alternative value engineering techniques to determine if any additional savings may be achieved while maintaining the primary design intent.

Implementation Team

The Implementation Team is selected based upon specific expertise in the construction measures to be implemented.

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