Water Efficiency Success Stories
First LEED-certified building in Valdosta, Ga. –
A new building at Veolia Evergreen Landfill, Inc. is the first LEED certified building constructed in Valdosta, Georgia. The Veolia building was designed and built to achieve certification through U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Rating System™. Certification was based on a number of green features, including operating with 35% more water efficiency than a similar non-LEED building. Click here for a news release on the building and its conservation tactics.
Fast food restaurant turns green –
A quick service restaurant chain that specializes in chicken menus is now going to the greener side of the food industry. The Chick-fil-A location in Fort Worth, Texas, is seeking a LEED certification from the U.S Green Building Council. Green features in the location include storm water collection for landscape irrigation, low-flow plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchen, and energy-efficient light system with light sensors. The fast food restaurant could save up to 14% on electric costs and 40% on water. Click here for more on the project.
Florida’s Cooper City Uses 9% Less Water –
Cooper City, Florida's "You Win-We All Win" conservation program has exceeded its original goal of 5% water reductions by the year 2013. As of Feb. 1, 2011, the city has realized a 9.26% water usage reduction, nearly double its original goal. The campaign had many phases, including a contest amongst homeowners associations to see which one could save the most water, and auditing the water usage of the largest water consumers to see how they could improve their habits. The final, ongoing phase targets residents and provides tips and solutions to improve their water savings. For the savings tips and more, please read the article in Environmental Protection.
Sustainable twist on rural, Alabama farmhouse –
EcoHome magazine showcases an Alabama custom home designed by Hinson+Dagg Architects with WaterSense-labeled toilets and faucets to help reduce water usage. The toilets alone are estimate to provide anual water savings of up to 16,500 gallons per toilet compared to traditional toilets.
FedEx pursues LEED, water savings –
FedEx Express has made LEED Certification the standard for their newly-built U.S. facilities. LEED® Green Building Rating System™ is the leading benchmark for buildings that are designed, constructed and operated sustainably. The newly-constructed FedEx Express Las Vegas facility is the first building in the company to receive LEED certification, followed closely by FedEx Memphis-based World Headquarters' LEED Gold certification.
The FedEx Express Las Vegas facility reduces indoor water use by 49% with the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures. Click here to read more about the facility in Green Real Estate Daily.
CA’s Culinary Institute of America conserves water, certified LEED Gold –
The student dorms at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena are LEED Gold certified and house more than 60 students. Vineyard Lodge is one of the few LEED-rated dormitories in the country, and the Culinary Institute was adamant about constructing a dormitory that had as little impact on the environment as possible. Water conservation is one of the major goals of the project with the installation of low-flow sinks, toilets and showers. Water will be recycled through a membrane bio reactor, which will treat used water to a tertiary standard, then be used to irrigate the landscaped yard, wash clothing in the machines provided and for flushing toilets. Read more how the building is making a difference.
UC Davis winery, brewery earns LEED Platinum –
University of California-Davis achieved a prestigious milestone in the green community: Its 34,000-square-foot teaching and research complex is the first winery, brewery or food-processing facility in the world to earn LEED Platinum. Remarkably, the center expects to become even more environmentally-friendly than the current LEED standards. Right now, the building recycles rainwater for landscaping and uses high efficiency toilets, which help save thousands of gallons of water a year. Food and beverage processing is water-intensive, and the university is raising funds to complete a system that will make it possible to also use the rainwater as the source of processing water for the facility. As planned, this reclaimed water will be captured and reused up to 10 times, reducing total water use by 80% compared to a typical winery. Read more here.
NE Public Power facility conserves water, energy resources –
Nebraska Public Power District’s new Norfolk Operations Center has earned LEED Gold certification by U.S. Green Building Council for reducing energy and resource use. The operations center, designed to conserve energy and water and minimize its environmental impact, includes many green amenities. The focus on saving water includes toilets that reduce water usage by 50 percent and a facility design that reduces total water usage by more than 40 percent. Read more about how the center is saving resources.
Hotel proves luxury, sustainability are not mutually exclusive –
The brand new, award-winning h2hotel in the Sonoma wine country of California, opened its doors in June 2010. The project opened ahead of schedule and well within budget to rave reviews, creating a sustainable luxury hotel that also achieved LEED Gold certification. Among the many conservation-based designs encompassed in the building, the hotel uses its wavy roof to filter rainwater, solar heating for showers and the pool, and has demonstrated that luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Read more.
Marriott’s LEED-certified, Atlanta hotels conserve water, energy –
Contractor magazine reports, "The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway and the Atlanta Marriott Gateway, located here at the Gateway Complex, adjacent to the airport and home to the Georgia International Convention Center, are both using 30% less water and 28% less energy than a non-LEED rated hotel thanks to low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures... among other sustainable features." Read the full article.
EPA’s Green Team reduces environmental impacts –
Since 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Regioni 2 "Green Team" has signed agreements with local professional sports teams, major real estate firms and developers, and colleges and universities to reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings and projects. Long Island’s Southampton Hospital is the most recent to sign as a partner.
LEED-Gold Center for Global Conservation’s design reduces water consumption –
Wildlife Conservation Society’s global headquarters, known as the Center for Global Conservation, exemplifies its mission, earns LEED Gold, and wins Environmental Design+Construction's Excellence in Design Award in the Institutional category. Strategies include innovative, water-efficient designs including low-flow fixtures that reduce potable water use 30% from a calculated baseline design. Dual-flush (1.6/0.8) toilets and automatically controlled faucets were also installed.
Florida school wins Green Schools Alliance, goes for LEED –
Seacrest Country Day School located in Naples, Fla., is on its way to achieving LEED Certification, according to Contractor magazine. The school is one of the winners of Green Schools Alliance’s 2010 National Green Cup Challenge, a program established to promote energy and water conservation in American school systems. Helping achieve these accomplishments, Gerber donated 25 WaterSense®-certified toilets and faucets to Seacrest. Read the full article.
Humboldt State University tops Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 –
On residential college and university campuses, activities that take place in buildings typically account for the vast majority of energy use, water use and total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the institutions' ecological footprint. The Alliance to Save Energy in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation established the inaugural Campus Conservation Nationals, in which schools compete to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls during a three-week period.
In the category of water reduction:
Humboldt State University reduced its water consumption by 15.4 percent, earning the top spot as the campus with the greatest average percent reduction across all participating residence halls.
Emory University was recognized as the campus with the greatest total reduction in water consumption across all participating residence halls (per person).
The University of Cincinnati's Siddall Hall was honored as the building with the greatest percent reduction in water consumption.
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EPA Recognizes Nation’s First WaterSense Labeled Homes –
Four WaterSense-labeled new homes have been built by KB Home in Roseville, Calif., and will help families save an average of 10,000 gallons of water and at least $100 on utility costs each year. Each WaterSense-labeled new home is independently inspected and certified to ensure EPA’s criteria are met for both water efficiency and performance. A WaterSense labeled new home is built to use about 20 percent less water than a typical new home. EPA estimates that if the approximately 500,000 new homes built last year had met WaterSense criteria, the homes would save Americans 5 billion gallons of water and more than $50 million in utility bills annually.