Projects in Process: A Look Inside Arch|Nexus’ New Net Positive Water Building

Projects in Process: A Look Inside Arch|Nexus’ New Net Positive Water Building

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In February of 2017, Architectural Nexus moved into its newly renovated office in Sacramento, CA, hoping to be the first Living Building certified in California. In response to California’s recent and reoccurring droughts and energy crises, Arch|Nexus’ new building lays a framework for how to operate in such conditions. Through looking to nature for her concept and looking to place for her roots, the project is an educational and community asset for California.

Sharing experiences from the design, construction, and performance period phase of the project, you will learn how the project team is meeting the Water Petal in the dry central valley of California, where the State legislature just mandated the consolidation of small water systems. As part of their advocacy process, the team found and customized a Water Permitting Map as a visual tool to identify code barriers and generate solutions. They have created Water Permitting Maps for the states of Utah and California, and will describe the process of adapting the map for your own region.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the specific systems and strategies Arch|Nexus employed in their approach to meeting the Water Petal
  • explain the team’s permitting engagement process, and identify the strategies that were successful along with the lessons learned
  • specify how the new regulations in California will impact Living Buildings in the state pursuing the Water Petal
  • explore the process of creating a Water Permitting Map and apply skills to your own region


Kenner Kingston
Kenner Kingston is an architect and the President of Architectural Nexus, a People-Driven firm with a practice reaching throughout the Western US. Kenner has been instrumental in the development and property management of Nexus’ office facilities. The Salt Lake Office is both LEED-NC and LEED-EB Platinum and the Sacramento Office, currently in construction, strives for the same while also pursuing the Living Building Challenge. Kenner’s passion is the occupant behavior side of sustainability and he volunteers his time as an Ambassador Presenter for ILFI. He is also an avid mountain biker and a bicycle commuter twelve months of the year.

Jeffery L. Davis
Jeffery L. Davis, AIA, LEED ®AP BD+C, is a Principal and Designer at Architectural Nexus where he practices a philosophy of weaving design and sustainability into integrated solutions. Jeff’s work includes efforts within culturally and socio-economically diverse people and projects such as libraries and performing arts venues that create diverse multi-generational spaces. Jeff’s passion for architecture and its influence on our communities, families and lives set the groundwork for his efforts. He recognizes the intrinsic relationship between humans and the spaces they inhabit and believes that “remembering people” is the foundation of great design.

Continuing Education

This course is approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • 1 LFA hour
  • 1 AIA LU|HSW credit