It’s important to appreciate the little things in life: shelter, food, water… But while we may appreciate all of these things, how much do people actually know about the roofs over their heads and the water from their sinks and shower heads?
Jason and I spoke to Sophie Waskow from GW’s Office of Sustainability and Zach Axelrod, the CEO of Skyline and got some more information about the water a good portion of GW student’s use when they take showers and do their laundry. The process developed by the team at Skyline, described in the diagram below, makes it so that the water heater that would typical be of use to obtain hot water doesn’t even need to be turned on!
Sophie took us inside the mechanical room in 1959 E Street where the water is stored in the Skyline tanks and heated for hot water use. Check out the clip below for a sneak peak:
I don’t live in any of the buildings that have these systems but I know some people that do. I’m interested to know where they think they get their hot water from. Being able to walk through these systems gave me a whole different perspective of how global mitigation and adaptation can literally fit into our daily routines.
By Samantha Stone @samjunestone