About this course:
In a natural woodland or meadow, very little rainfall runs off. During development, natural vegetation is usually removed and replaced with hard impervious surfaces such as roads, buildings and parking areas. This land surface change decreases infiltration, groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration; increases runoff and carries excess nutrients, sediment and other contaminants into our streams, rivers and lakes. It is imperative that we protect our natural resources and especially our fresh water.
In order to protect citizens, property and natural resources from poorly managed stormwater runoff, state and federal regulatory agencies now require local jurisdictions to better manage both quantity and quality of stormwater runoff from construction sites as well as on a regional or watershed basis. As a means to comply with these new regulatory mandates, many local jurisdictions are imposing stormwater utility fees based on existing or proposed impervious surface areas of properties. Typically such fees can be reduced or averted if on-site low impact development best management practices are properly implemented.
How can property owners minimize long term costs associated with stormwater utility fees? What are the best ways to comply with stormwater runoff QUANTITY and QUALITY regulations?
What are the most cost effective and sustainable practices to manage stormwater? This course will help answer those questions, and generally describes new stormwater regulations and various best management practices (BMP), as well as shows how to utilize permeable paving to be an extremely effective low impact development BMP and explains how properties can be developed and maintained sustainable to achieve the triple bottom line.
Steve is a licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design + Construction Specialty (LEED AP/BD+C), Building Performance Institute (BPI) Analyst and Noesis Energy Adviser. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degrees. His many years of diversified architectural experience include extensive design, project management and energy/utility audit consulting for a wide variety of building types throughout the United States and the Middle East. He has promoted alternative energy, conservation measures and equitable environmental design since the early 1970's, including training state of Oklahoma university staff in energy auditing procedures.
CEUs: 1 hour
The GreenHome Institute is a 501 c3 non profit with a mission to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the construction and renovation of the places we live. We have certified over 6,000 green homes and trained over 15,000 professionals in residential green building.