I just returned from the American Society of Irrigation Consultants yearly conference, and have gotten quite inspired by the presentations on reducing water consumption.
Consider these facts:
Among the LEED certification points that can be acquired by the Landscape and Irrigation design:
So what can we do to help?
We will be adding some manufacturers that make equipment and turnkey systems to our irrigation database. There have been advancements with Moisture Sensors, and there are now turnkey systems to filter, store, and pump rainwater from a building's roof. We will also be adding manufacturers of permeable pavers.
We will also be putting together some plants lists, and hopefully some generic details, for everything from drought-tolerant lawn replacements, to green roof designs.
And among the simplest things we can add, is an ability to help calculate the amount of rainfall in gallons a site or building footprint can expect to generate, either from a storm or yearly.
Irrigation needs to be more intelligent, and part of the initial project design. Whether it is just replacing a existing home's front lawn, or creating a design that can subsist on stored rainwater, or just to meet the new European standards on greenroofs, we can all do our part to help create a more sustainable world.