Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites


Length: 8 weeks

Instructor: Jeffrey Bruce

Subjects: Green Building: Green Roofing, Green Building: Sustainable Building, Green Building: Water

Get 1 of 30 Discounted Seats

Get a 10% Discount Code

Student Rating

Rating: 7.1/10 (view ratings)
28 students have taken this course


This is a cutting-edge professional development opportunity for those who are serious about pushing the boundaries of green buildings and sustainable water use. Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites provides detailed technical information on water management systems that allow designers to engineer buildings with the goal of achieving independence from municipal infrastructure, through a combination of rainfall harvesting, aggressive conservation, onsite treatment, storage and water recycling. The result of over 5 years of research and development, the course curriculum addresses the next frontier in green building and resilience. Very few buildings around the world have managed to achieve net zero water use, yet it remains a critical response to growing water scarcity in many regions, and a basic requirement of the Living Building Challenge.

Course Development Sponsors

The development of this course was sponsored by Jeffery L. Bruce and Company, Hunter Industries, and Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply.

Self-Paced Online Course

This online course is both self-serve and self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible for as long as the course is offered on the marketplace, with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 12 AIA LU/HSW Credits, 12 Professional Development Hours by LA CES

We have supported this educational program since its inception because we believe that it’s the best educational program to provide detailed training and knowledge in this field. The course manuals are top notch.

- Warren Gorowitz, Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation

Water is the key to everything green, and quite frankly, everything.

- Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

I have learned a great deal about efficient water usage. The transformation toward net zero water for all of our communities seems overwhelming, but this class lays the foundations for beginning this journey. It lays out the challenges, some current solutions, as well as processes and practices for water usage. Great class.

- Rebecca Armstrong

I would recommend this course for those interested in rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation purposes.

- David Whittaker, Human Nature, Inc.

This was a very in-depth course that provided a comprehensive understanding of water harvesting and conservation principles, with many resources for use in future applications.

- Richard Hammond, Cornerstone Architecture


Jeff bruce.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1

Jeffrey Bruce

FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, is owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC), a national landscape architectural firm. Founded in 1986, JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s leading architectural and landscape architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban...[more]

Get a 10% Discount Code

Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Typically access is extended for much longer.

Week 1 - Introduction to Net Zero Water and the Integrated Water Cycle

Water Scarcity & Increasing Consumption, Deterioration of Water Infrastructure, Interrelationship of Water and Energy, the Integrated Water Cycle.

Week 2 - Water Harvesting and Treatment Approaches

Alternative Sources for Water Harvesting, Water Quality Considerations for Harvested Water, Determining Storage Capacity, Water Quality Guidelines and Treatment Options, Filtration, Disinfection, Biological Treatment, Biofilms, Catchments.

Week 3 - Water Harvesting System Design and Installation

Passive versus Active Water Harvesting, Types of Storage Tanks and Cisterns, Determining Water Demand, Legal and Regulatory Requirements, Cistern or Tank Openings and Overflow, Ecology of Water Tanks, Level Measurement and Control, Collapsible Tanks, Hydrostatic Lift – Ballast Calculations, Public Water System Protection, Backflow Control Methods and Devices.

Week 4 - Pre-Treatment and Cistern System Maintenance

Point of Entry Treatments (POE), Leaf Screens and Guards, First Flush Diverters, Downspout Filters, Vortex and In-Ground Filters, Sand Filters, In-Tank Processing, Cistern System Maintenance, Winter Operation, Water Testing.

Week 5 - Water Quality and Treatment Approaches – Part 1

Microbiological Contaminants, Inorganic and Organic Contaminants, Inorganic Chemicals, Organic Chemicals, Selecting Water Treatment Approaches: Basic Wastewater Treatment Processes, Styles of Water Treatment Devices, Filtration Equipment.

Week 6 - Water Quality and Treatment Approaches – Part 2

Membrane Filtration Processes, Membrane Materials, Membrane Fouling, Membrane Cleaning, Ultraviolet Disinfection, Chemical Disinfection.

Week 7 - High-Efficiency Distribution and End-Use – Part 1

System Monitoring and Control, Determining Appropriate System Complexity, Meeting Building Codes and Ordinances, Accessibility for Maintenance, Repair and Safety, Planning for Operator Skill Level and Project Security, Cost and Budget Tradeoffs.

Week 8 - High-Efficiency Distribution and End-Use – Part 2

Potable Water Uses, Indoor Non-potable Water Uses, Landscape/Outdoor Uses of Harvested Water, Reallocation of Water, Decentralization of Water Distribution and Treatment, Regulatory Barriers, the Next Utility: Integrated Green Infrastructure.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Typically access is extended for much longer without any action needed. If access is removed, contact us for an extension. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

Get a 10% Discount Code

Students who took this course also took

Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation Training

GRHC’s Green Roof Professional (GRP) is the most prestigious credential in the green roof industry. This course includes everything you need to take and pass the GRP Accreditation Exam.

Introduction to Net Zero Water for Buildings and Sites

This lecture examines the core concepts that comprise the Net Zero Water approach to system design – a critical component of the move towards truly sustainable buildings.