New Green Building Report Focuses on the Role of Water, Rainwater Harvesting in Sustainable Design and Construction


A new white paper on the role of water in the green building movement notes that the bulk of building projects in the United States miss out on one of the most potentially significant water conservation opportunities:  rainwater catchment and reuse.

The seventh in a series of annual white papers published by Building Design+Construction, the report titled “Green Buildings + Water Performance,” points out that more water is consumed outside buildings and homes—for landscape irrigation and cooling towers—than is used inside for toilets, faucets and showers. 

The white paper reports that “82 percent of the total water consumed in the United States goes to irrigation” and that “the reuse of water may be the next big thing in water conservation, efficiency, and performance.” 

To download a copy of the report, click here.


Posted December 2009