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Learn & Plan Topics

  • 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...

  • Integrative Design Process

    Integrative thinking looks for synergies among strategies - strategies that enhance one another. It also looks for strategies that, taken together, ...
  • 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....

Toilet

Toilets typically are standard or high-efficiency. Older buildings may have toilets that do not meet the current standards and exceed the standard flush rate of 1.6 gpf. These are typically buildings built before 1994.

See High-Efficiency Toilet

See Standard Plumbing Fixture

Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Greywater Reuse

    Greywater is the water stemming from processes such as showers, hand basins, or kitchen sinks but does not contain any human waste. Reusing greywate...

  • Water - Water Harvesting (Water Catchment Systems)

    Harvesting systems capture alternate water sources, provide adequate treatment typically for non-potable applications to offset the consumption of p...

  • Water - Alternate Water Sources

    Alternate water sources are not from freshwater such as surface or groundwater. Alternate water is typically collected and stored on-site and then ...

  • 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...

Materials

  • Ceiling Hung Partitions

    Ceiling mounted partitions require structural ceiling support, which makes installation more technical. They can be made of plastic or metal, both ...
  • Dual-flush Toilets

    Dual-flush toilets have two levels of flushing - a full for solid waste and a reduced flush for liquid waste. Typically full flushes range f...
  • Composting Toilets

    Composting toilets use an aerobic process to break down waste by using little or no water. There are two types of composting toilets: [self-con...
  • Toilet Partitions

    Toilet partitions can be floor-mounted, wall-mounted, or ceiling-mounted for ease of cleaning. Floor mounted toilet partitions ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Conventional Toilets

    Conventional toilets are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of  1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 3.5 or more gallons of water per flush.
  • Pressure-Assisted Toilets

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

    Floor mounted toilet partitions are structurally supported at the base by the floor and are easier to install. They can be made of plastic or met...
  • Toilet / Shower Accessories

    Toilet and shower accessories include soap dispensers, soap dishes, hand dryers, paper towel dispensers, trash cans, etc. These items may contain...