Setting Goals: Successful Plumbing Retrofits
October 13, 2011 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
I'm Dan Hounsell, editor of Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's topic is, setting goals for plumbing retrofits.
A successful plumbing retrofit requires a plan designed to achieve the goals of facility owners, as well as earn buy-in from operators and maintenance personnel. For example, maintenance and engineering managers can achieve a simple goal to reduce water use by changing to low-flow fixtures.
A more complex target that includes documenting cost savings, obtaining utility rebates or incentives, or participating in a community water-savings effort will require more intensive planning and coordination.
In addition to reducing an organization's water use, another increasingly common driver for a plumbing retrofit is achieving certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED-EB water efficiency prerequisite document titled "Water Use Reduction Additional Guidance" provides thorough information about ways that managers can demonstrate a retrofit project meets the LEED-EB water-reduction criteria.