Unless you want to conserve water for reuse, guttering is a waste

| by Duo Dickinson
Unless you want to conserve water for reuse, guttering is a waste

In many climates it makes a lot of sense to collect rainwater for use in either irrigation, or with proper monitoring, domestic use. But paying for gutters (usually made of LEED's disliked aluminum, petro-chemically created plastic, or ultra expensive copper) is absurd if to can create gravel beds at your roofs drip line that dissipate rainwater flow into the groundwater versus creating an entire plumbing system for its control.

This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original expert insight on Swamp Yankee Green.

Duo Dickinson
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www

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