Less than 3% of all the water available on earth is fresh water and most of it is inaccessible. A growing world population is increasingly consuming the earth’s resources. The price for all of this comes in the form of reduced access to fresh, clean, drinking water. Water – this resource may be Earth’s most precious and the demand for it is so high that in many areas’ severe water restrictions are already in effect. According to the office of accountability, 36 US states anticipate water shortage.
This course discusses the importance of water efficiency in the built environment. We will walk through different strategies and technologies that LEED projects may incorporate to reduce water consumption, and analyze these strategies for use in BD+C and O+M projects. We will demonstrate sample calculations for LEED WE credit as an exercise for this course, and look at a LEED case study that relates to water efficiency.