High-Efficiency Plumbing Systems for Commercial and Institutional Buildings
By Building Design & Construction
With drought conditions sweeping across many parts of the United States and more than a billion people lacking access to safe drinking water worldwide, demand for better building-based water efficiency and capture is soaring. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported in March 2011 that more than a quarter of the U.S. was experiencing moderate to extreme drought, and 36 states predicted significant water shortages until at least 2013.
Water represents the third-largest global industry, which is why water conservation continues to make headlines around the world. Water supply, cleanliness, and conservation are of growing concern to environmental and professional associations.
In developed countries, demand is largely driven by daily household and business use. The average American family of four uses up to 400 gallons of water every day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This staggering consumption scenario has put the issue of water conservation high on the agenda of building owners and their Building Teams. Fortunately, plumbing product manufacturers are diligently responding with ever-improving water-efficiency technologies and products.
LOW-FLOW, AND GOING LOWER
Whether it’s the latest low-flow toilet technology, approaching rates of just 1.1 gallons per flush (gpf), faucets as low as 0.25 gpm, or showerheads flowing at 0.5 gpm, plumbing product manufacturers continue pushing for new fixtures and systems that save even more water than before.