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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...

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • 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....

  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...

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Whole Building Systems

  • 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...

  • Water - Green Tips

    Replace standard plumbing fixtures with high efficiency fixtures.

  • 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 - Green Tips Behavior

    Place placards or signs on water efficient plumbing fixtures and systems to highlight and remind occupants of their purpose.

  • Water - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings: New Construction and Modernization

    As per EISA 2007, thirty percent of the hot water demand should be met using the installation of solar hot water heaters when lifecycle cost-effec...

  • Water - Case1

    Finding: Plumbing fixture replacements yield a saving of over 25 million gallons or $271,000 annually, providing a payback of only three years.Scope...

  • Water - Case5

    Finding: Reduced plumbing fixture water use by thirty percent.Scope: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – BMP 6Source: http://energy.gov/sites/...

  • Water - Facility Manager

    Facility managers have a unique opportunity to dramatically impact water use in existing buildings. By measuring and monitoring water use, evaluatin...

  • Water - Plumbing Engineer

    The plumbing engineer takes on the responsibility of ensuring that water, whether potable or non-potable, provides its intended benefit throughout t...

  • Water - LEED BD+C: New Construction (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) addresses components of a sustainable water system ...

  • Water - Occupant Behavior on Water Consumption

    Occupants have a direct impact on water use and are key to a building’s water conservation program. Significant water can be wasted from occu...

  • Water - Conservation Measures

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

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...
  • 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...
  • High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU)

    High-Efficiency urinals are available in varying levels of water use, from 0.5 gpf to 0.125 gpf. Also included are waterless urinals which re...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Low-Flow Urinal

    Low-flow urinals are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.0 or less gallons of water per flush (gpf). Relative to ear...
  • Low-Flow Shower

    Low-Flow showerheads are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 2.5 gallons of water per minute gpm. Relative to earlier ...