Water Mass Balances for the Solaire and the 2020 Tower: Implications for Closing the Water Loop in High-Rise Buildings

Authors

  • Uta Krogmann,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551
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  • Clinton J. Andrews,

    1. Associate Professor and Graduate Student, Rutgers University, E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
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  • Mookhan Kim,

    1. Associate Professor and Graduate Student, Rutgers University, E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
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  • Gregory Kiss,

    1. Principal and Architect, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, 44 Court Street, Tower C, Brooklyn, New York 11201
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  • Clare Miflin

    1. Principal and Architect, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, 44 Court Street, Tower C, Brooklyn, New York 11201
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  • Paper No. J06034 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).Discussions are open until April 1, 2008.

(E-Mail/Krogmann: krogmann@aesop.rutgers.edu).

Abstract

Abstract:  Building water mass balances were performed for one 150-story conventional building scenario for comparison with three scenarios of the 2020 Tower, a hypothetical 150-story high-rise building with on-site wastewater treatment and reuse. To ensure that the assumptions for the hypothetical building are appropriate, a one-year water balance was also conducted of the existing 27-story Solaire building that partly closes the water/wastewater loop, meters major water flows and implements low-flow/water conserving fixtures and appliances. For comparison, a conventional 27-story building scenario with the same low-flow/water conserving fixtures as the Solaire but no water reuse was also assessed. The mean daily indoor water use in the Solaire was 246 l/(d cap) which exceeds mean daily water use found in the literature. The water mass balances showed that an urban high-rise building needs another source of water even when potable reuse water is produced because of losses during water end use and treatment (i.e., evaporation, water in treatment residues). Therefore, water conservation (i.e., modification of human behavior) and water efficiency improvements (i.e., equipment, appliances and fixtures) are important major factors in reducing the municipal water needed in all scenarios.

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