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Intelligent rainwater harvesting system wins Water Research Prize

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.

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Founder of Recycle Build Brazil Maria Kuzma and LIXIL chief design officer Paul Flowers. during the awarding ceremony of Water Research Prize winner.

Grohe, the leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, together with World Architecture Festival (WAF), awarded the research initiative “Recycle Bu ild Brazil” under The Water Research Prize — a program developed from the WAF Research Program, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The research initiative won for their 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 school children 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 outstanding 15 projects by a panel of expert judges.

“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. 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,” says Paul Flowers, chief design officer of Grohe’s parent company LIXIL.

Maria Kuzma, founder, “Recycle Build Brazil,” comments: “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 realising environmentally friendly and decentralised solutions to waste water issues in the urban environments.”
For more information, please visit www. grohe.com.

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