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Presenter: Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E.

Recording Date:

Recording Location: El Paso, TX

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13778

Product Number: 15H TXH20CDC 11 18 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 pm

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:30 pm

Evaluating the Owner’s Commitment to Water Conservation

   Project success is determined by matching owner commitment to conservation practices

   Measuring water use and related costs

   Educating consumers on benefits of water conservation cost savings and “soft” benefits

Reviewing Applicable Codes and Standards

   Local limits/guidelines on water use

   Energy conservation benefits of water conservation

   LEED and other sustainable certification systems’ treatment of water conservation measures

   Attaining net-zero water use

Assessing Building Site, Hydrology, Building Type, Function and Occupancy

   Assessing site hydrology, pre-developmentand post-development use

   Calculating anticipated use of potable and non-potable water

   Demonstrating water savings and calculating related benefits

Conserving Water in Mechanical Systems

   Cooling systems

   Steam systems

Reducing Water Use by Building Occupants

   Limiting use of potable water for non-potable uses

   Using water-conserving faucets, toilets and urinals

   Implementing water controls at the system level

Recycling Water Onsite and Using Free Water

   Reusing greywater

   Harvesting and using rainwater

Minimizing Water Use for Landscaping

   Working toward zero-use of potable water

   Using native and drought-tolerant plantings

   Using water-conserving irrigation strategies


Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E.

Innovative Water Solutions, LLC, Austin

Mr. Maxwell-Gaines received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in water and wastewater from Texas A&M University in College Station. After college, he and his wife joined the U.S. Peace Corps and accepted volunteer positions in Suriname, South America. They were assigned to the remote village of Godo Olo which is located in the Amazon rainforest, deep in the interior of Suriname. They helped the village implement a water well project, provided after-school tutoring, and provided business training for the villagers. They spent 27 months serving in the Peace Corps. After returning to Austin in 2002, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines worked at a civil engineering firm that provided a breadth of project experience ranging from TMDL computer modeling projects for impaired streams in Texas, to subdivision design, to water and wastewater treatment plant design. He became a licensed engineer in 2007. In 2004, Mr. Maxwell-Gaines started Innovative Water Solutions LLC. IWS is a design/build water conservation company that focuses on the nexus of stormwater management and water conservation. The company designs and installs rainwater/stormwater collection systems, stormwater management systems including green infrastructure, and graywater reuse systems, as well as efficient irrigation systems and water conservative landscaping for residential and commercial projects.

To date, Innovative Water Solutions has installed more than 6,500,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity across the state of Texas. Mr. Maxwell-Gaines has designed rainwater harvesting systems for numerous municipalities and institutions including: Texas A&M University; The University of Texas at Austin; City of Austin; Austin Independent School District (Texas); Wimberley Independent School District (Texas); Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Texas); Atmos Energy; Denton County, Texas; City of New Braunfels; San Jacinto River Authority; SeaWorld; Texas Department of Transportation; and Texas Parks and Wildlife.