Access to water is part of the basic and fundamental needs of all communities around the world. Water potential resources should be calculated, designed and managed in all existing and new urban developments to face-off the needs of the increasing population rates in high dense cities. Not only water demand problems would be addressed by designing low impact development and green infrastructure strategies in the master plan program, but also it would create a positive effect in the urban landscape.
I’m designing and developing a new Grasshopper-TRNLizard based water calculation tool to measure the environmental impact due to the incorporation of water management strategies in the urban layout. As part of the project challenges I would propose a model to calculate the water balance in specific urban areas; the model includes the effect of water management strategies by increasing rainwater-driven harvesting surfaces such as buildings facades, roofs, by increasing the potential collection for reuse, infiltration and by decreasing the rainwater runoff volume and rate.
Additionally, this tool will be available to use as part of the thermal analysis in the building scale due to the incorporation of the vegetation evaporation effects of water in their surroundings and the inclusion of water bodies energy storage capacity, creating a potential use for simultaneous water-energy based models for new projects.
My goal is to change the conventional layout design of the existing and new cities in Mexico and around the world, from big concrete areas to new urban enclosures that preserve as much as possible their natural condition and include the positive effects of water harvesting areas.
Mentor: Christian Frenzel
José Santiago Martínez Torres – Mexico
Graduated as a Physics Engineer from ITESM Monterrey, Mexico in 2012. Santiago has worked since 2013 in the design and analysis of energy systems for high performance buildings, in public and private projects in Mexico working as energy modeler, commissioning agent and environmental consultant.