In this FEA-U webinar, Chris Hodges and Laurie Gilmer discussed how facility managers can be more strategic about water management in their operations. Not just looking at the standard “fixtures approach” but considering other strategies such as the Global Water Consumption Approach and Water Management Plan Approach (WMP). If you missed the presentation, you can listen/view the recording here:
This presentation explored the primary water uses in buildings and review several studies on global water use in buildings. Alternative strategies to the Key Fixtures approach will be outlined, as well as a number of current mandates such as the Executive Orders on energy, water consumption and waste in U.S. federal facilities.
How do you approach water conservation?
The standard approach to water savings in buildings is to adopt the “fixtures approach”. That is; water efficiency in buildings is measured by the efficiency of its fixtures. While this approach may capture the bulk of water use in buildings, it ignores a number of other important water conservation measures such as rainwater capture, gray water use, water used in cooling systems, and leakage. Facility managers are encouraged to think strategically. Thinking strategically about building water use will force us to go beyond the “low hanging fruit” of fixture use and force us look at our buildings more holistically. Strategies such as the Global Water Consumption Approach and Water Management Plan Approach (WMP) may offer better answers to conserving water in buildings.
· To gain an understanding of the water uses in buildings.
· Learn about alternative strategies to the Key Fixtures Approach
· Learn of current mandates on water consumption and measurement
Download a copy of the presentation, Water Management in Buildings-A Strategic Approach for Facility Managers
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