Identifying Barriers & Easing Access
Permit pathway maps reduce uncertainty for developers, designers, and jurisdictions
Supporting Watershed Health
Living within our watersheds' carrying capacity ensures clean and available water for resilient communities
Supporting Urban Ecology
Green wastewater solutions save energy, provide excellent pollutant removal, and create livable communities
Collaborting with Stakeholders & Decision Makers
Tapping the wisdom and lived experience of our communities is key to creating equitable outcomes
Assisting Early Adopters
Supporting the leadership of early adopters helps shift culture towards resilient systems
Recode and International Living Future Institute interviewed over 50 expert water professionals on this water reuse guidance for non-profits, utilities, municipalities, designers, developers, and others to implement:
Mission: Recode works to ensure access to and accelerate adoption of equitable and sustainable water systems.
Why: The challenges, complexities, and disruptions of the 21st century require us all to be more adaptively innovative.
We can develop forms of governance that are more adaptive by design, including regulations and codes that encourage, rather than stifle, innovation.
Shifting ParadigmsNext generation infrastructure will never become the norm until a concerted effort – by allied partners – is made to learn from projects on the cutting edge, change perceptions, and work collaboratively with policymakers and regulators to change the way we govern innovation.
Permit Pathway Maps are place-based interactive graphics that show a variety of information for specific onsite water reuse permit pathways. For a particular city, county, or state, designers, developers, and jurisdictional staff can see, from source to fixture, where water re-use permits are blocked, uncertain or not addressed at all, and allowed.Read More
NEW Nexus systems integrate centralized and decentralized water conservation and reuse, nutrient recovery, and energy-generating approaches and technologies that provide for the needs of people and watersheds. The Nutrient-Energy-Water/NEW Nexus Toolkit will help public and private-sector professionals find resources on onsite water reuse systems created by recode and others.Read More
Developing Model CodesRecode works with model code writing organizations (like IAPMO) and local jurisdictions (like Oregon DEQ) to create performance based code language for green building practices.
Recode's team created a site-built composting toilet code with options for urine diversion for IAPMO’s 2015 Green Supplement to the Uniform Plumbing Code.
The 2015 Green Supplement is also serving as the foundation for WE-Stand 2017, IAPMO’s upcoming National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation. IAPMO is a plumbing and mechanical industry group whose codes have been adopted by jurisdictions worldwide.Read MoreVisit Website
Recode legalized site built composting toilets and non-NSF 41 certified manufactured composting toilets in 2011 through Reach Code 1307.4 amending OAR 918-465-0040 & 918-465-0070. Our performance based code protects human health while giving home owners an affordable option for installing composting toilets that are proven to work.Read More
Assisting Early AdoptersRecode assists early adopters through connecting them with hands on trainings and precedents from other early adopters.
Recode and International Living Future Institute invite you to participate in a letter-writing/email campaign to encourage the State of Washington to adopt and implement a statewide onsite water permit program. Washington has already invested significantly towards this effort by lending the expertise of two Washington State Department of Health representatives — Stephen Deem, Regional Engineer and Mamdouh El-Aarag, Wastewater Management Section — to serve on the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. These commissioners, along with agency experts from 10 other states, created a series of documents to help states and/or local jurisdictions undertake this work. The state now just needs to hear from external stakeholders to move forward.Read More
If you are looking for precedents of innovative approaches to next generation water and wastewater infrastructure check out the Code Innovations Database. Recode, Molly Winter, has contributed several case studies including one on a composting toilet pilot project in Cape Cod and a more successful one in Arizona.Read More