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Rainwater harvesting system wins Water Research Prize

Leading global brand for bathroom and kitchen solutions Grohe, together with the World Architecture Festival, recognized the research initiative Recycle Build Brazil under The Water Research Prize.

The project’s water sports equipment storage and wastewater garden concepts. 
(Photos courtesy of Recycle Build Brazil)
The program was developed from the World Architecture Festival’s research program in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The research initiative won for its proposed sustainable architectural solutions for a school in the Brazilian Saõ José dos Campos area. By using recycled materials and implementing intelligent rainwater harvesting systems, the project not only improves the lives of the schoolchildren but also raises awareness of their interaction with water.

Starting with the school building as a pilot project, there is also a longer-term proposal for the enhancement of the local 400 low-income housing units. 

The Recycle Build Brazil was chosen from a shortlist of 15 outstanding projects by a panel of expert judges.

Recycle Build Brazil founder Maria Kuzma receives the Water Research Prize from Lixil chief design officer Paul Flowers. 
“The quality of this year’s entries was phenomenal but this one specific project caught our imagination due to the educational approach. The project not only builds a school but also takes young people on a journey to understand the relevance of water as a local source and motivates them to interact mindfully with this limited resource,” noted Paul Flowers, chief design officer of Grohe’s parent company Lixil.

Flowers continued, “The concept starts as a pilot project and from there will be rolled out to more than 400 low-cost houses in the area. This is an amazing opportunity to make a tangible difference and it reflects perfectly Grohe’s brand ethos.”

Maria Kuzma, founder of Recycle Build Brazil, was quoted as saying, “We’re delighted to have been awarded with such a prize for our work on Recycle Build Brazil. We are looking forward to taking next steps to improving the collective awareness of water use as well as realizing environmentally friendly and decentralized solutions to waste water issues in the urban environments.”

Topics: The Water Research Prize , World Architecture Festival , Recycle Build Brazil , Saõ José dos Campos , Maria Kuzma

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