Have you noticed the unusual new building on Golden Gate Avenue? The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) headquarters is a LEED Platinum building, and is considered one of the greenest buildings in the country. The building incorporated on-site ecological wastewater treatment and reuse. A wetland system in the sidewalk and in the lobby sends treated water back to the building’s toilets. The system reduces potable water consumption by 65%. We’re lucky to have John Scarpulla in to discuss how the project was developed and how it’s been working out. The PUC now has enough data on its cutting-edge, office environment experiments to be a valuable resource going forward—and the engineered ecosystem is just plain pretty compared to usual office building treatments.
Upcoming Events At This Venue
September 18, 2014
The SFPUC built a new building very recently. John Scarpulla will tell us about how the new HQ building functions as a wastewater treatment system using an internal artificial swamp. The building is impressive in a lot of ways: consuming 32% less energy, 60% less water, and a 50% smaller carbon footprint than similarly-sized office buildings.
It is one of the first buildings in the nation with onsite treatment of gray and black water with an onsite “Living Machine” which reclaims and treats all of the building’s wastewater reducing per person water consumption from 12 gallons (normal office building) to 5 gallons.