How to easily and significantly reduce the water consumption of a building, without detracting from the consumer experience. 

By lowering required water consumption, you can make a building asset more cost effective and therefore more valuable.

We also discuss clever ways in which you can use tax money to implement these savings, earn BBEEE points in the process, and how to utilize the #SURPLUSWATER2025 initiative to increase the value of a building.


About this Course

Architects are often the only people responsible for the design of the water consumption of buildings.  We should therefore be very cognisant of what the long term implications are of our decisions regarding water system designs. 

In this video we take you through the details of an elaborate water system design of a four storey building – you will actually be able to design similar systems for your future projects after understanding this one.

After watching this video you will:

  1. Have a more comprehensive understanding of how water consumption in buildings actually work.
  2. Be able to confidently advise on how systems can be implemented to reduce the water consumption of any building (existing and new).
  3. Know what 20% of things must be done, to all buildings, to achieve 80% of water savings – we’re not only giving a checklist, you will understand the concept.
  4. Have a list of things you should do to make sure your next building consumes water responsibly.


Topics we discuss:

  • A real example of a complex water system
  • What the #SurplusWater2025 movement is about
  • Practical things architects can do to save water long-term
  • All about monitoring water consumption
  • The possibility of living off the water-grid
  • Water saving flush mechanisms
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Where to start when addressing water consumption in buildings

Who this course is for

Architects who want to:

  • Add value to their designs by ensuring efficient water system designs
  • Actually save water on a large scale
  • Learn more about the design of water systems in buildings

What you get


100 minutes


July 2020


Expert Interview


1 year


Access on mobile / desktop


In this course, Anneke Schriek interviews Gerrie Brink, the founder of Aquaffection and the visionary behind #SURPLUSWATER2025

Anneke Schriek

Anneke Schriek

Anneke is a Professional Registered Architect whose passion has always been to improve architecture as a service.

She is drawn to finding ways we can make architecture more accessible, and she strives to educate architects and students on how to achieve it. She inspires architects to be #betterarchitects.

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Gerrie Brink Gerrie Brink

Gerrie is a qualified Mining Engineer, with extensive experience in management, planning, production and projects obtained during his employment at Sasol, BHP Billiton and South32.

Vision orientated, action driven, and armed with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School made him jump at the opportunity to pursue a career change, to help establish change and make a difference in South Africa.     

Gerrie founded AQUAffection as the vehicle to enable his dream of making South Africa a country with a surplus of water by 2025.

He has the ability to see the long term big picture combined with the practical skills necessary for immediate implementation, thus effectively transforming good ideas into workable solutions.  With a collaborative and hands-on approach, he believes in co-operation along with educating, and equipping people to establish long term change for a better future.

• BEng (Mining Engineering), University of Pretoria
• Mine Managers Certificate of Competence (MMCC), Department of Mineral Resources
• MBA, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Gerrie on LinkedIn |



Aquaffection     SurplusWater2025

Aquaffection believes that by fundamentally changing our relationship with water and recognizing it as the  most precious live-giving resource, it is within our collective power to turn things around and achieve surplus water, in South Africa, by 2025.

Their mission is to play their part to make this bold goal a reality. They do so by helping South Africans understand, manage and conserve water consumption.


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