Water efficiency to become critical to green commercial buildings
The critical next stage of green building industry will focus on water efficiency, according to report from McGraw-Hill Construction.
Over the next five years,
water efficiency and conservation will become critical factors in green design,
construction, and product selection, according to McGraw-Hill Construction's
latest SmartMarket Report, Water Use in Buildings , released
recently with support from The Chicago Faucet Co. and Sloan Valve Co.
Architecture and engineering (A/E) firms, contractors, and owners report that
water efficiency is rapidly becoming a higher priority than other aspects of
green building, such as energy efficiency and waste reduction.
According to the United
Nations Environmental Program, buildings consume 20% of the world's available
water, a resource that becomes scarcer each year. Efficient practices and
products, such as grey water treatment and low-flow plumbing fixtures, provide
significant opportunities for the A/E industry to respond to this trend and
build high-tech, low-water-demand projects that will turn the tide on the water
crisis and create the conscientious buildings of tomorrow.
The report covers
involvement levels and growth opportunities over the next five years, as well
business benefits, motives, and obstacles encountered in this advancing market.