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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...

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project's sustainability. Environmentally responsibl...
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    This section covers and links to systems, methods, databases, calculators, checklists, etc. designed to help Federal officials and their partners ac...

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  • Water - Landscaping and Irrigation

    Water used for landscaping and irrigation purposes accounts for close to 20% of a facility’s overall consumption and should be limited as much...

  • Water - Green Tips

    Limit the need for landscape irrigation by xeriscaping.

  • Water - Green Tips

    Implement water efficient irrigation equipment such as drip or micro irrigation and   advanced weather based controls for landscaping that...

  • Water - Green Tips

    Use alternate non-potable water sources such as gray water, rainwater, air handling unit condensate, cooling tower blow-down or discharge from other...

  • Water - Landscape Architect

    An aesthetically pleasing landscape is important in creating a pleasant environment for occupants and guests alike. The landscape architect is respo...

  • Water - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Does the landscaping minimize the need for irrigation? Are other sources of water used for irrigation such as: Rainwater? Graywater?

  • 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 - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) dedicates certification credits to reducing the b...

  • Water - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings: Existing Buildings

    Install water meters. Use water efficient products. Reduce indoor potable water use by 20% compared to the specific building’s water use ...

  • Water - System Overview

    Typical Federal Office Building Potable Water UseA typical Federal office building with 200 employees uses about 3,000 gallons of water in one day...

  • Water - Conservation Measures

    Commercial buildings have significant opportunities to conserve the quantity of water needed for daily operations through thoughtful design of the b...

  • 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 ...

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