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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 fixture models (i.e. conventional fixtures), these were considered to be “low-flow” and the name stuck; today, the EPAct low-flow requirements are baseline plumbing code requirements.  Look for dual-flow shower controls that allow the user to reduce and restore the water flow during times of soaping and rinsing while maintaining the same temperature of the water. 


O+M Tips

  • Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified
  • A two-step process should generally be used if cleaning with antimicrobial products. Clean first and then apply the disinfectant. Wait the recommended time before rinsing (usually at least 10 minutes); perform other tasks while waiting for the antimicrobial to take effect. Most disinfectants are not cleaners, and are usually only effective on a clean surface.

End of Life Tips

  • If in good condition, showerheads can be donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that will reuse them

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Water Use Reduction: Employ strategies that in aggregate use at least 20% less water than the water use baseline. Water saving showerheads with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute GPM can contribute to the water use reduction.
    • BD+C and ID+C WE: Indoor Water Use Reduction