efficiency design considerations

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It’s time to start building efficiency into buildings and farms, as singular units and as part of larger water-using communities, whether a housing development, a commercial district, an industrial campus, or agricultural community.

Architects, designers, planners, developers, and state policy makers must jump into the fray with both feet in order to collaboratively lead the state into significant water use reductions. Reductions should entail an integrated approach to water management that considers not only conservation and efficiency, but the incorporation of designs that utilize alternative waters such as rainwater, graywater, stormwater and recycled water as well.

Sustainable design addresses the largest sources of water use in order to reduce overall consumption of water. These designs:

  • improve the efficiency of plumbing fixtures
  • improve commercial and industrial processes to increase efficiency
  • reduce the water demands of landscaping
  • increase water re-use from alternative water sources such as rainwater, graywater, stormwater and recycled water.

In addition, sustainable design considers opportunities to capture and reuse water through rainwater and graywater harvesting, as well as the use of recycled water where appropriate. Water use reductions must be considered.

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Wholly H2o’s monthly forums are an excellent place to meet other professionals working on water reuse and build up your knowledge on various water reuse issues.