Making the grade?

Oct. 11, 2017 | by Steve Arel

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If you’re keeping score, it’s now easier to determine how a multifamily building rates when it comes to water efficiency.

The EPA’s WaterSense program has unveiled its new Water Score, which tells owners and occupants whether a structure is making the grade when it comes to water use and conservation.

Water Score for multifamily buildings is generated by the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and supported by WaterSense. The score is a rating of 1 to 100, comparing a building’s water use to properties of similar size from across the country.

The agency’s Portfolio Manager, which also tracks structural energy consumption, computes scores based on a year’s worth of metered utility bills. To begin the process, owners can click here.

Once a property owner know their building’s score, they can use other EPA tools and resources to determine how they might make changes or upgrades to save water, energy and operating costs.

They also can use the scores to their advantage, promoting it to set their building apart from others in the market, officials said.

WaterSense has developed resource guides for the areas that usually contribute most substantially to water use in multifamily properties – specifically bathrooms, kitchen and laundry areas – to help owners and occupants understand, manage and improve water use.

 


Topics: Building Green, Water Saving Devices, WaterSense

Companies: U.S. EPA


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