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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.

  • 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...
  • Life Cycle Perspective (Life Cycle Thinking)

    Life cycle thinking represents a holistic approach to examining the impacts of a product from raw material extraction through production, use, and f...
  • Policies & Strategies

    This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the co...
  • Best Practices & Case Studies

    One of the best ways to learn and make the case for high-performance building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing th...
  • Sustainability Program Development

    Sustainability Programs incorporate all building stakeholders into the design process, promoting awareness, goal development, implementation, acc...

Water Conservation

Over 400 billion gallons of water are used every day in the United States. Demand is increasing even though usable supply is decreasing. Civilian agencies in the federal government use 47 billion gallons of water per year, the equivalent of more than 70,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. These agencies could save 7.8–12.3 billion gallons (17–26%) annually just by using simple “off the shelf” water conservation measures, including replacing existing toilets, faucets, and showerheads with more efficient versions.

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Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Is there a written policy intended to minimize water use, and encourage water conservation?

  • Water - Whole Building Design Guide | Water Conservation

    http://www.wbdg.org/resources/water-conservation

  • Water - GSA | OFHPB: Indoor Water Conservation

    https://www.gsa.gov/portal/mediaId/153914/fileName/Indoor_Water_Conservation_December_2016_508_compliant.action

  • HVAC - Did You Know

    Moderate conservation measures could save the government over 40% on water and sewage utility costs.Source: NREL, Implementing Water Conservation ...

  • Water - DYK2

    Moderate conservation measures could save the government over 40% on water and sewage utility costs.Source: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/3130...

  • Water - Energy Independence and Security Act (2007)

    The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) requires facility managers, as defined by the act, to complete comprehensive water evaluations throu...

  • Water - Energy Use

    Water efficiency measures do more than conserve water; they conserve a significant amount of energy as well. Federal facilities use sixty billion Bt...

  • Water - Case2

    Finding: Through water conservation measures water use was reduced more than 50 percent. Scope: U.S. Army Fort Huachuca: BMP 2: Information and Educ...

  • Water - Leaks

    On average, ten percent of the total water supplied by utility companies is lost due to leakage within the building.1 Identifying leaks early preven...

  • Water - Financial

    Within the federal sector alone, estimates put annual expenditures for water and sewer services between $500 million and $1 billion. Similar estimat...

  • Water - Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

    Guiding Principle 3 addresses the need to "Protect and Conserve Water" in facilities indoors and outdoors as well as using alternative water sourc...

  • Submetering - State of Georgia

    As part of the Georgia Water Stewardship Act, all new residential and commercial multi-unit spaces are required to be submetered and provide consump...

  • HVAC - Resources

    The HVAC system has a tremendous impact on natural resources, through electricity, gas, and other purchased energy as well as water consumption, mat...

  • Water - Resources

    A sustainable water system reduces not only overall water consumption but also the associated energy demand. Take steps to optimize the system&rsquo...

  • Water - Owner

    The owner wants to maximize the project’s return on investment as well as the building’s market value. Implementing cost-effective water...

  • Water - Human Behavior on Water

    Within the sustainable building environment, human behavior plays a critical and often overlooked component. Obtaining the participation of building...

  • Water - Officials & Providers

    Water consumption is regulated on the State level. Inviting State Officials and local providers to the integrative table is important for creating a...

  • Water - Behavior Change

    An educational campaign stressing the importance and best practices of water conservation can quickly pay for itself. Employees should be encouraged...

  • Water - Operations and Maintenance Costs

    Within the office facility, leaks and corrosion can lead to expensive and time-consuming structural damage as well as an increase in water utility c...

  • 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 - 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...

  • Submetering - Presidential Memorandum: Federal Leadership on Energy Management

    Encourages improved building performance and energy management by requiring Federal agencies to install building energy meters and submeters as requ...

  • Lighting - Optimize Building Energy Efficiency

    Some water system components, when bundled together, can significantly reduce overall building energy consumption as over eight percent of total ene...

  • 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 - 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

  • Pasta Cooker

    Pasta cookers use a large vat of boiling water to cook individual portions of pasta in small metal baskets. These units use ener...
  • Food Washing Station

    Food preparation stations usually require access to clean water. Select faucets that carry a Water Sense label for water efficie...
  • Kitchen Appliances

    Kitchen equipment, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and water coolers, can be energy and water intensive; its important to seek out ene...