The concept of green design is gaining momentum throughout the building industry. And as the demand from consumers continues to drive the effort, builders are responding with green solutions for both commercial and residential needs.
A green building may cost more up front, but will ultimately save through lower operating costs over the life of the building. While most people think from an energy standpoint, (i.e. water savings through reduced flow toilets and bathroom fixtures) the savings can come in a variety of forms.
Savings can be in the form of cost savings, and can also take on more intrinsic benefits as well. Benefits can include such things as improving occupant health and comfort, increase productivity, and reduce pollution and landfill waste.
What are the elements of green plumbing design?
Choosing a site that is well protected and retains a natural landscape and natural water features. Rainwater tanks may be used to gather fresh water for later use.
Use dimensional planning throughout a commercial building. Using standard sizes in piping, materials and new products eliminates the need for custom builds.
Design for dual plumbing. Use recycled water for toilet flushing, or gray water systems that recover rainwater for irrigation.
Use water conserving fixtures, such as low flow shower heads and low flush toilets throughout the build.
Install recirculating hot water systems for centralized distribution.