AIA/USGBC Continuing Education Seminar – Evolution of Water Efficiency

Friday, July 15th, 2011 11:30-1:00PM

USC Green Quad

1216 Wheat Street Building D

AIA Greater Columbia is joining USGBC-SC Chapter Midlands Branch to take an in-depth look at today’s High Efficiency Toilets with particular focus on Dual-Flush, ‘Siphonic’ and ‘Washdown’ toilet technologies.  MaP (Maximum Performance) testing analysis, Watersense product labeling, and HET requirements will all be reviewed to provide a foundation in performance and water efficiency knowledge.  Several case studies utilizing Dual-Flush installations showing improved performance coupled with substantial water savings will provide a working understanding on the benefits of incorporating this type of water saving technology into any project. 

Learning Objectives

Discuss historical trends and describe the different toilet technologies.

Describe today’s High Efficiency Toilets with particular focus on Dual-Flush.

Compare and Contrast ‘Siphoic’ and ‘Washdown’ toilet technologies.

Explain MaP (Maximum Performance) Testing:  improvements to flush testing and its shortcomings.

Describe Watersense product labeling and HET requirements.

List several case studies utilizing Dual-Flush installations showing improved performance coupled with substantial water savings.

Explain how WaterSense HET  Dual-Flush toilets can contribute toward a project earning LEED certification.

Describe trends in the marketplace, moving toward localized HET standards/ordinances and what the future may hold.

Cost for members is $10.  Non-Members is $15. 

Register through USGBC’s website here if you plan to attend.


Vote for local “Communities Take Root” by May 31st!

Owens Field Park (Corporation for Economic Opportunity)

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that is promoting green initiatives and fighting poverty in African-American communities in the Deep South.  Located in Columbia, South Carolina, CEO has been working for several years now to get everyday people involved in sustainable living.  Some of CEO’s goals are to reduce food miles by encouraging people to eat local; support struggling black farmers by developing community farmers’ markets for them to sell their produce; and engage minority farmers in growing bio-energy crops.  A fruit orchard would bring a new source of free fruit to one of Columbia’s low-income, inner-city neighborhoods.  In addition, the orchard site is adjacent to a Boys and Girls Club, and would provide an invaluable learning tool to show children, firsthand, what it is like to reap the fruits of one’s labor in the literal sense.  The orchard will also supply healthy fruit to the hungry and those in need in the community. Although Columbia is striving to promote healthy eating and living, it currently has the fifth highest ratio of people with diabetes compared to the general population in the nation.  A fruit orchard, growing out of its partnership with the City of Columbia and community residents, would be a symbolic and very visual reminder about what green and healthy habits are all about!