First, do not back away from water-conservation measures. Problems in drain lines are no justification for wasteful consumption. Instead, consider these tips for managing waste systems in existing buildings:
From a sustainability perspective, we need to think more broadly about conserving the water facilities use daily, as well as about maintaining existing buildings so they provide long-term value for the resources they require during construction and operation. For plumbing systems, this means considering water-conservation measures, as well as the way decisions are inherently tied to waste systems and their ability to operate efficiently.
Laurie Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA — is vice president of facility services with Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) — www.feapc.com — and leads FEA's facility asset management, building energy management, and sustainability services. She has assisted managers in improving building systems operations, creating and implementing energy management plans, identifying energy saving opportunities, and LEED certification for existing buildings. Her experience includes sustainability, LEED, systems analysis, energy audits, commissioning, building systems planning, and controls reviews.
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