Winning Ways with Water

Green Construction Details in Water-wise Innovations

Conscientious contractors have many options for improving the flow of water through our lives including:

  • Enhancing the ability of the site to absorb stormwater by not compacting soils during construction, amending soils in preparing the yard areas, and creating walkways and drives that can filter water, such as pervious paving.
  • Installing a tankless hot water heater can be more efficient than traditional water tanks. Point of use flash heaters also save water providing hot water where and when you need it so you don't have to run the cold water through the pipes and down the drain waiting for the hot to arrive.
  • Efficient fixtures, like ultra low flow (less than 1.6 gallons per flush), or dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads (2 gallons per minute with an on/off switch) and faucets save a lot of water AND energy since so much of the water used is hot water.
  • Rainwater harvesting with rain barrels or a cistern reduces stormwater run off from the roof and provides you with a water supply for summer garden watering.
  • Efficient appliances can save considerable water, again much of it hot water. Look for ENERGY STAR ® clothes and dish washers.

Use low- emitting interior products and materials to avoid environmentally triggered illnesses