Sustainability Summit

Water-sensitive design – 2021 & beyond

As our cities expand and the climate becomes more unpredictable, the need to design buildings and neighbourhoods and even entire cities that use less water has become more important than ever. By examining a range of planning, design and technology strategies, including using water as a ‘secondary sustainability enabler’ like its use in hydronic heating, this panel examines the many ways materials, technology, urban planning and landscape design can effectively address the challenge of water conservation across the built environment.


At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the various types of Water-sensitive design
  • Gain an understanding of different types of planning, design and technology strategies that use water as a ‘secondary sustainability enabler’
  • Understand how design can effectively address the challenge of water conservation across the built environment
  • Understand the drivers that reinforce or renounce traditional ideas of water conservation


AACA Competency Standards related to this session:

Design: Pre Design
2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project
2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site
2.3 Evaluation of factors influencing and impacting on project cost
2.4 Analysis of project brief in relation to clients objective budget and timeframe
2.5 Attainment of approval from client of project budget and timeframe
2.6 Preparation and analysis of projects


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Please note you are required to attend the full hour of each session and submit the relevant questionnaire to redeem your formal AIA Refuel points.

Session Information

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Paul Haar



Dr. Peter J Davies 

Macquarie University


Lisa Howard

Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL)



Stuart Khan

School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW


Tone Wheeler

environa studio


Troy Creighton