Waste not want not. Everyone talks about climate change with most of the discussion centering on global warming. What is often overlooked is just as serious: the short supply of fresh water. The world’s fresh water - the water needed for drinking, industry and sanitation — is about 2.5 percent of the world’s total - and most of that is frozen! This leaves us with a very small amount of water, and it’s up to the 6 billion people of Planet Earth to get wise to water sustainability.
Product Design: Take on one of the most overlooked environmental issues.
- $20,000Total reward
- 8,000Licensing fee
- $3,5001st place
- $2,5002nd place
- $1,5003rd place
- $1,0004th place
- $7505th - 7th place
- $5008th - 10th place
- $30011th - 15th place
- $25016th - 20th place
- 5,000 Jury Prize
BriefingTake on one of the most overlooked environmental issues.
Don’t let water go to waste! H2Overhaul wants ideas which explore how new and existing buildings/facilities can use less water, reuse the water they currently use, and capture water to use on-site.
- Water-efficient Landscaping around the building site, e.g. How can the site be irrigated in new ways? How can we maximize the amount of captured rainwater on-site?
- Innovative Wastewater Technologies, e.g. What on-site solutions can be used to reduce wastewater and demand on potable water (i.e. drinkable water) to carry it away.
- Water Use Reduction, e.g. How can sites reduce water from inside and lower their reliance on municipal water supplies?
H2Overload is focused on finding solutions which are able to scale to buildings such as schools (K-12), universities, hospitals, health care facilities, industrial factories, warehouses, shopping malls and apartment complexes in either rural or urban settings. Single-family homes are not included in this challenge.
Owners of the buildings
People responsible for the design
Companies that do installation and construction
The people responsible for keeping building operations efficient
Sponsors of this challenge intend to include selected ideas that represent good business opportunities in next-generation green building projects around the world. Successful ideas will be combined into one system with global application. That said, concepts need to rely on reality-based fundamentals instead of dreamy what-if scenarios. The sponsors are looking to create a product road map for water management in buildings globally for the next 5-10 years. Successful ideas will balance creative thinking with ideas that also represent good business opportunities.
Potential global real-world application
Clarity and detail of proposal
Reliance on scientific and engineering principles
Contribution to societal or environmental benefit
Commercial feasibility (i.e. cost/value)
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