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  • Water Efficiency

    Buildings are significant users of the Earth’s freshwater supply. The goal of a responsible building operator should be to encourage a sma...

  • Project Guidance

    For each project there is a selection of issues and questions you should consider before selecting specific materials or products. This will help...

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

Standard Plumbing Fixture

Standard plumbing fixtures are plumbing fixtures that meet the current federal requirements established by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992.  Standard fixtures meet minimal code requirements.

The following list provides the current standards for plumbing fixtures:

  • Toilets: 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf)
  • Urinals: 1.0 gpf
  • Faucets: 2.2 gpm (at 60 pounds per square inch (psi) operating pressure)
  • Showerheads: 2.5 gpm (at 80 psi operating pressure)

Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Green Tips

    Replace standard plumbing fixtures with high efficiency fixtures.

  • Water - Fixture Performance

    Water components can eventually drift out of spec and begin to not perform up to standards. Automatic sensor faucet valves, if not functioning prope...

  • Water - Plumbing Fixtures

    High efficiency plumbing fixtures (toilets, urinals, faucets, and showers) can lead to significant water savings. FEMP BMP #6 gives some guidance on...

  • Planted Roof - Roof Leak Prevention

    Leaks are generally caused by poor workmanship. Unless the problems are ubiquitous, a project failure will not result. However, the process of ident...

Materials

  • Dish Washing Station

    Dish washing stations consist of multiple-compartment sinks or basins with faucets and pre-wash sprayers as well as high-tempera...
  • Food Washing Station

    Food preparation stations usually require access to clean water. Select faucets that carry a Water Sense label for water efficie...
  • High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU)

    High-Efficiency urinals are available in varying levels of water use, up to 0.125 gpf. Also included are waterless urinals which require no wat...
  • Low-Flow Toilets

    Low-flow toilets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.6 or less gallons of water per flush (gpf).  Relative to...
  • Handwashing Sink

    Small hand-washing sinks are required for cafeteria staff and in food preparation areas. Select faucets or sinks that carry a Wa...
  • High-Efficiency Faucet

    High-Efficiency faucets are those that use 0.5 or less gallons of water per minute gpm. The target flow rate for a lavatory faucet is 0.5 gpm...
  • High-Efficiency Shower

    High-Efficiency showerheads are those that use 2.0 or less gallons of water per minute gpm.
  • High-Efficiency Toilets

    High-Efficiency toilets are those that use 1.28 or less gallons of water per flush gpf. Also included are composting toilets which require litt...
  • Pressure-Assisted Toilets

    Pressure-assisted toilets use the pressure from the main water line to more efficiently empty the bowl and use less water.
  • Low-Flow Faucet

    Low-flow faucets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use aerators to restrict the flow of water to 2.2 gallons of wate...
  • Low-flow Faucet

    Low-flow faucets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use aerators to restrict the flow of water to 2.2 gallons of wate...
  • Drywall

    Drywall (also known as gypsum board) is the material used to build standard interior walls. Drywall should be locally sourced and include recycled m...