Buildings that Water Themselves: an Oasis in the Concrete jungle

Mathew Burke
Associate Director
ADP Consulting, Sydney

Today’s modern connected cities have a seemingly limitless appetite for data and, as we evolve into the information age, the requirement for technology infrastructure it is insatiable. From high speed data connections and cloud storage for business, to social media for personal use, our reliance on network connectivity is considered essential in modern life. Alternatively, water is the most valuable resource on earth and is largely underpriced. Without it, there is no drinking water, air conditioning, and fire suppression; all major elements in a modern skyscraper and the storage of data.

This presentation aims to demonstrate a building that is able to conserve and reuse valuable water supplies, predict when water shortages will happen, and put in place warning strategies to prevent it such occurrences, all without human intervention. This is achieved through the exploration of real life case studies focused on the movement of people, building intelligence, and atmospheric trending data. The case study is based on several data centers located in the desert of Australia that have been operational for several years, where the only water supply is rainwater.

The presentation also demonstrates how the same innovative building intelligence is able to identify equipment failure, notify maintenance crew to the fault, and provide the part number for repair so that down time costs are minimized. The future applications to this type of innovation, especially in the Middle East and Africa, would be easily adaptable in all building types from skyscrapers to institutional buildings and domestic applications.