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SIDEBAR: Hire An Energy Officer, Create Competition To Truly Save Energy

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Sustainability Success: University Attains 100 Percent Renewable Electricity Use

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Irrigation: Green Strategies and Technology Advances

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Plumbing Upgrades: Strategies for Success

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Housekeeping Procedures Help Keep Plumbing Costs Down

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PRODUCTS: Plumbing & Restrooms

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Slowing the Flow on Irrigation Systems to Conserve Water

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Sustainable Practices Targeting Irrigation Systems

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Waterless Urinals: A New Generation of Water Savings

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Water Shortages Increase Appeal of Waterless Urinals

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New-Generation Advances in Waterless Urinals

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Points to Ponder when Installing Waterless Urinals

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SIDEBAR: WaterSense Program

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SIDEBAR: ADA — Providing Pipe Protection

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As Water Rates Rise, Efficiency More Important, Especially For Cooling Towers

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How To Control Water Costs Without Energy Penalties

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High–Performance Buildings Preview: PACE Programs Support Energy Efficiency, Building Upgrades

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Restroom Updates Must Address ADA, OSHA, Water Requirements

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Unisex Toilets and ADA Requirements

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Water Conservation and Restroom Design

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Restroom Water Conservation Issues Related to Faucets, P-Traps, Signage

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Targeting Water Waste

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Networked Water-Management Systems Aid Green Goals

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Survey: Facility Water Conservation Measures In California

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Water Watch: Huge Complex Curtails Use, Maximizes Savings

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Maintenance Managers Use Plumbing Systems to Wage War on Water Waste

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Maintenance Challenges with Low-Flow Toilets, Urinals and Faucets

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Maintenance Managers Face Potential Roadblocks With Water Conservation Projects

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Managers can Take Steps to Maximize Water-Conservation Savings

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Successful Water Conservation Involves Many Critical Factors

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Strategies to Maximize Water Savings Opportunities

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Public Relations Plays Role in Water Conservation

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University of Utah Adapts Landscape to Climate Conditions

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Roundtable: Managers Discuss Water Conservation Strategies

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Irrigation System Warning Signs and Potential Solutions

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Field Testing an Important Step in Lighting Upgrade Process

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Standards Emerge to Monitor Lighting Industry

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Successful Strategies for Plumbing Upgrades

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Think Bigger Picture When Planning Plumbing Upgrades

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Lessons Learned From Plumbing Retrofit

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Strategies for Effective Irrigation Management

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Best Management Practices for Irrigation Issues

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Water Watch: County's Projects Deliver Savings

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Building, Landscape Changes Affect Irrigation System Operations

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Smart Controllers Help Detect Leaks Earlier, Conserve Water

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California County Goes Overtime to Keep Plumbing Projects In House

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Plumbing Retrofit Project Requires Weekend Work

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Reducing GPF Drops County Restroom Water Use by 35 Percent

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County Considers Better Preventive Maintenance Plan Following Plumbing Retrofit

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Plumbing Upgrade: Locking Down Savings

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Plumbing Retrofit in Detention Center Captures Savings

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Florida County Uses Maintenance Department as an Environmental Steward

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Small Restroom Retrofit Produces Big Savings in Sheriff's Administration Building

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Innovative Irrigation Project Produces Big Savings at Agricultural Center

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Irrigation Systems: Focus on Controllers

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Plumbing Retrofits: Spotlighting on Savings

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Making the Case for Plumbing Retrofits

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Irrigation Systems: Looking for Trouble

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Making the Case for Plumbing Retrofits

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Low-Flow Urinals, Toilets and Sinks Reduce Domestic Water Use

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Strategies for Reducing Landscape Irrigation Water Use

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New Hotel Still Offers Water-Saving Opportunities

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Open Only 6 Years, San Francisco Hotel Finds Major Water Savings

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San Francisco Hotel's LEED Efforts Focus on Reducing Water Use

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Hotel Balances Guest Comfort, Water-Saving Goals

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Chemical-Free Cooling Tower Solution Helps Reduce HVAC System's Water Use

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Dave Lubach: Stewardship, Facilities, and the Role of Maintenance

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Irrigation System Maintenance Strategies

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Patchwork Repairs Often Result in Increased HVAC Costs

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Boiler Maintenance Key to HVAC Savings

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Irrigation Systems: Maintaining for Savings

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Is it Time to Repair or Replace Irrigation System?

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The Rise of Net-Zero Buildings

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Defining the Net Zero Concept

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Establishing a Plan for Net-Zero Buildings

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Water Conservation: An Audit You'll Like

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Submetering: Gathering Data, Uncovering Savings

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Restroom: Aesthetics Among Retrofit Goals

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Submeters Emerge as Effective Water-Conservation Devices

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Low-Flow Fixtures Offer Simple way to Savings

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Energy-Savings Strategies to Save Water

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Motor Technology and its Role in Energy Savings

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How To Maximize Your Water Efficiency Efforts

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Electronic Faucets, Aerators Can Help Meet Water Efficiency Goals

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Lower-Flush Fixtures Can Save Water, But Be Aware Of Infrastructure Challenges

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Water Efficiency Requires Occupant Cooperation, Change Of Habits

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Prison Plumbing Retrofit Captures Savings

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Plumbing Retrofit in California Detention Center Captures Savings

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Restroom Retrofit Cuts Water Use by Half at Detention Center

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Savings from the Grounds Up

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Plumbing Codes, Technologies, And Rating Systems Are Driving Water Efficiency In Restrooms

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Water Codes And Standards Continue To Tighten Water Usage Limits

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Measurement, Benchmarking Of Water Use Can Help Drive Efficiency

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Demand Side Management Helps Cut Energy Consumption, Costs

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Retrocommissioning Is Often Overlooked Way To Manage Energy Costs

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Energy Master Plan Can Help Manage Costs On Demand Side, Supply Side

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Saving from Vigilance on Water Conservation

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Airports' Savings Take Off After Plumbing Retrofit

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Submetering: Taking Control of Power

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Submetering Helps Managers Identify Savings Opportunities

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Verifying Accomplishments Tough in Energy-Conservation Programs

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Sidebar: Picking Candidates for Submetering

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Minimizing Water Waste, Maximizing Savings

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5 Minutes With Podcast: HVAC Retrofits Save Colorado City $400,000

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Plumbing Retrofits: Testing for Success

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Water Conservation: Use Utility Bills to Establish Baseline

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Water Conservation: Identifying Targets

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Water Woes: Locating the Sources of Waste

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Restroom Retrofits Generate Savings for Atlanta Airport

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5 Minutes With Podcast: How University of Alabama at Birmingham Saved Millions of Gallons of Water

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Undetected Irrigation Issues Result In Significant Water Waste

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Winterize Irrigation Systems in Colder Climates

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Sidebar: Irrigation Audit Guidelines

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Maintenance Strategies for Irrigation Systems

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Restroom Retrofit Saves Atlanta Airport Millions in Water Use

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Record Georgia Drought Triggers Atlanta Airport Restroom Retrofit

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Installation Test Produces Results During Atlanta Airport Restroom Retrofit

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Restroom Retrofit Opens Other Energy Conservation Doors at Atlanta Airport

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Exploring the Benefits of System Energy Audits

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Diving Into Data Generated from Energy Audits

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Getting the Most out of Energy Audit Results

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Plumbing Efficiency: Looking for Trouble

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Fighting Drought Conditions: How Texas University Deals With Local Water Restrictions

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Have We Taken Water Conservation Measures too Far?

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Water Use Changes While Distribution Systems Do Not

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Tips for Managing Water Systems in Existing Buildings

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Rising Water Prices Mean It's Time For A Professional Water Certification For Facility Managers

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Water Credential For Facility Managers Would Focus On Efficiency, Metering and Usage

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Water Credential Would Need To Include Information On Codes, Standards, Regulations And Rating Systems

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Irrigation Issues: Upgrading for Savings

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How Energy Managers Can Leverage Big Data Right Now

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Planned Capital Upgrades Present Opportunities For Deeper Energy Savings

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Managers Speak Out on Water Conservation Efforts

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Savvy Planning by Managers Boosts Efforts to Save Water

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Upgraded Irrigation Systems Can Mean Huge Cost Savings

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Good Communication Helps Address Irrigation System Issues

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Cutting costs: Simple steps help Florida county achieve sustainability

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Increasing Water, Wastewater Costs Demand Improved Efficiency

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Restrooms, Landscaping Offer Opportunities For Water Savings

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Cooling Towers Are Overlooked As Water Users

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Water Efficiency Showcase: New Products

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Five Sources Of Data Can Help Facility Managers Analyze Energy Use

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Energy Star Automated Benchmarking Services Can Aid Building Energy-Data Gathering

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Submeters Help Measure Energy Used By Specific Building Area

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Use Building Automation System To Learn Information On Energy Use

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Data Loggers Offer Specifics Of Equipment's Energy Use

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Proposed EPAct Deduction Extension Would Create Deep Retrofit Tax Incentive

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Automatic Plumbing Fixtures Continue To Improve

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Facility Policy Practices for Good IAQ

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How Office Park Landscapes Can Reduce Water Use

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Smart Irrigation Systems, Rainwater Collection Are Cost-Effective

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Proposed Legionella Standard Undergoing Further Revisions

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USGBC Perspective: Greenbuild 2012 Celebrates Sustainable Building Management

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Five Ways to Reduce Restroom Operating Costs

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Overdesigned Restroom Lighting Systems Can Increase Costs

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Cleaning Costs Are Overlooked in Restrooms

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In Sin City, Water is the True Gold

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Irrigation Spotlight: Water Conservation

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Water Conservation: Focus on Irrigation

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Plumbing: Going With the Flow

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County's Successful In-house Plumbing Upgrade Delivers Savings

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Plumbing Project Outline

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Plumbing Upgrade's Challenges and Additional Costs

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Plumbing: The Rise of Water Metering

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Energy efficiency project results in significant campus improvements

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Water Conservation and Grounds Management

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Water Conservation: Plumbing Fixtures Offer a Choice

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Grounds Department Updates Operations for Green, Financial Benefits

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Water Conservation Focus of Grounds Department's Efforts

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Hospital's Plumbing Systems Upgrades Provide Roadmap

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Water Audit Paves the Way for Successful Plumbing Upgrade

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Successful Plumbing Upgrades Depend on Occupant Support

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Saving Water: Going with the (Low) Flow

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Plumbing: Going with the (Low) Flow

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Real-World Experiences Help Identify Water-Saving Choices

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Pay Attention to Water, Energy Issues When Designing Restrooms

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Dual-Flush Valves: Two Ways To Save

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Plumbing Savings: Focus on Fixtures

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Lighting Retrofits: Students Conduct Surveys, Inventory Fixtures

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Boilers and Water Heaters: Identify Water Use

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Water Heaters: How to Get Hot Water Quickly

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First Green Step Is a Big One For Data Centers

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Code Green: New Standards Cover More Than Just Energy

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Efficient Operation Big Part of New Energy Standards

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A Close Eye on Water Use and Waste can Keep Your Bottom Line from Drying Out

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Outdoor Water Use Needs to be Watched Closely as Well

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Alternatives and Best Practices for Water Management

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Energy Model Can Improve HVAC System Energy Efficiency

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Peter Strazdas: BIM Is The Future of FM

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Grounds Care: Irrigation Practices to Save Water

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Plumbing: Key Considerations for High-Efficiency Toilets

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What's Included in Retrocommissioning and Recommissioning Studies?

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Personnel Management and Cost-Saving Strategies with Bruce Canter

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Dual-Flush Fixtures Part of WaterSense Program

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Water Conservation: Flushometers, Waterless Urinals Boost Efficiency

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Maintenance Considerations for Sensor-Operated Fixtures, Faucets

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Irrigation Systems: Design Should Incorporate Smart Controllers

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High-Performance HVAC System Requires an Integrated Design

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Slowing the Flow: Plumbing Systems and Water Conservation

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Managers Discuss Water-Conservation Strategies

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Plumbing: No-Touch Fixtures Improve Restroom Hygiene

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The Benefits of Water Audits

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Freeze in Hiring, Pay Increases Impacts Productivity

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Get the Information on Water Cost and Use

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Restrooms Offer Many Water Efficient Options

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Water Audit: Obtain Fixture Flow Rates, Waste-Line Sizes

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Water Audit: Identify Water Waste

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Plumbing Retrofits: Technicians Need to Review Waste System

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How to Conduct a Water Audit

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Plumbing Retrofits: How to Save Money

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Plumbing Retrofits: Determine Product Compatibility

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Plumbing Retrofits: Focus on Water Conservation

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LEED Lays the Groundwork for Water Efficiency Plans

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Plumbing Upgrades a Good Place to Start for Water Conservation

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Grounds Care: Designing, Maintaining Athletic Fields with Michael Tarantino

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Sustainability: Not Such a Dirty Word

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Water Conservation

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The Different Levels of Energy Audits

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Water Conservation: Use Utility Bills to Establish Baseline

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Water-Efficiency Guidelines

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Bottom-Line Water-Conservation Strategies with Jeff Hanulec

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Tips of the Trade - Gaining Clout With Communication

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Sub-Meters Assess Performance of Water-Using Systems

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Plumbing and Water Conservation

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Plumbing and water conservation

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down In 2009

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Green Grounds Care: Managers Focus on Irrigation Systems, Hand-Held Equipment

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Making Waterless Urinals Work

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Plumbing Retrofits and Audits

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Restrooms: Specification Starts with Preparation, Prevention

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Insulation Saves Energy, Complies with Building Codes

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Plumbing Technology Advances Help Meet Code Requirements

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Plumbing & Water Conservation

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Xeriscapes Feature Succulent, Drought-Tolerant Plants

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Turf Conversions Generate Rebates, Conserve Water

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Turf Conversions Require Construction, Horticultural Knowledge

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Irrigation: Drip Systems Replace Pop-Up, Rotor Sprinkler Heads

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Maintenance Department Spearheads Plumbing Retrofits

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Texas School District Specifies High-Efficiency Toilets and Urinals

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Technicians Play Key Role in Plumbing Retrofit

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Green Purchasing: Consider VOCs, Water Use, Energy Efficiency

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Plumbing-system specification

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Hospital Shuts Down Floors to Perform Plumbing Retrofit

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Metering Improves Water-Conservation Efforts

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New Guidance on Specifying Flush Urinals

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Restroom Retrofits: Fixture Technology Expands

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Restrooms: 1.6-Gallon-Per-Flush Toilets Improve Water Conservation

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Plumbing Systems and Water Savings

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West Can Help Meet Its Water Needs With Low Impact Development Approach

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LEED Certification: Hardscape Management and Water-Conservation Strategies

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Landscapes and Water Savings

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LEED-EB And Water Efficiency

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Grounds Management : Sustainability Solutions

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Grounds Issues: Alternative Fuels and Water Use

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Green Grounds Care: LEED Considerations

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Managers Need to Address Building-Wide Energy Use

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Pervious Paving Saves Water and Money

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Modifying Faucet Aerators and Checking for Leaks to Save Water

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Pervious Concrete Improves University's Water Conservation

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How To Manage Electronic Waste

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Water Conservation: Quantify Savings for Top Management

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Water Conservation: Common Targets for Waste

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Tools for Measuring Water Waste: Micro-Weirs and Fixed Meters

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Podcast: Water Conservation on a Drought-Stricken Campus

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EPA Developing Specs for Water-Saving Urinals

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Plumbing Systems in the Crosshairs

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Researchers: Lake Mead Could Be Dry by 2021

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Sustainability Standard

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Creating Healthy Plumbing Systems

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UL To Certify High-Efficiency Faucets

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Plumbing Systems: Waste Not, Pay Not

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Water Wisdom

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Water Efficiency: Gain, Not Pain

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New Bills Promote Clean U.S. Waters

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New Weapons in War on Waste

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Stemming the Flow

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Saving Water: One Organization’s Success Story

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New Standard Focuses on Water Savings

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New Standard Focuses on Water Conservation

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U.S. EPA Pilot Program Helps Anaheim Convention Center Go “Green”

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Water-Use Strategies That Work

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New-generation Maintenance Issues

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Today's Plumbing Fixtures

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Plumbing, Piping and Savings

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Restroom Renovations, Big Benefits

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Water Conservation Rules Spreading

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Making Waterless Work

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Public Health Worries Shape Restroom Choices

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Finding Refuge from Rising Water Rates

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Selling Energy Projects

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Bracing for Troubled Waters

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No Time To Lose

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How ‘Green’ Are You?