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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...

  • 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...
  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services

    Follow these sustainable strategies as your space renovations are complete and the building and interiors are operated in an environmentally sustai...

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Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Are there the following water-conserving fixtures: low flow toilets that use less than 1.5 GPF? Ultra low flush urinals that use less than 1.0 GPF? ...

  • Water - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Green Globes for Existing Buildings encourages cognitive implementation and metering of water heating equipment for energy efficiency measures. With...

  • 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 - 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 - 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 ...

Materials

  • High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU)

    High-Efficiency urinals have a maximum water use of 0.125 gallons per flush (gpf) (1 pint per flush). Also included are waterless urinals which ...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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.
  • Conventional Urinal

    Conventional urinals are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of  1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.5 or more gallons of water per flush.
  • 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...
  • Waterless Urinal

    Waterless urinals are touch-free fixtures that are designed to be entirely water-free. Instead of using water to clean the bowl, urine travels...