Aqualoop Greywater System Approved for Downtown Los Angeles High Rise

A large-scale Aqualoop greywater recycling system with NSF 350 certification for commercial-scale buildings has been approved without restrictions by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS). The system will be part of The Fig + Pico project, a 42-story hotel tower in downtown Los Angeles opening in 2022. In compliance with the LA […]

8 ways to protect Pittsburgh’s streams and rivers by keeping storm drains clear

Pittsburgh’s streets have more than 25,000 storm drains, to catch stormwater and direct it into the sewer systems. Unfortunately, rainstorms often overwhelm the sewer system, and untreated sewage overflows into our streams and rivers. That rainwater carries anything on the street — from leaves, pet waste and motor oil to deicing salt, fertilizer or other […]

Portland’s PAE Living Office Building Designed For Hospital-Level Quake Performance

Last summer, Paul Schwer, a green mechanical engineer, met with Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler to talk about a subject dear to him—resilient structures for the earthquake-prone city. Those who don’t know Schwer, president of PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., might question why a mechanical engineer would be asking a mayor for a city grant program […]