Green Homebuilding Guide Vol.2
There are many environmentally conscious companies & individuals making sustainable construction and renovation decisions that if executed properly, could lead to the lessening of waste, conservation of materials, creation of green-energy, and result in unique and effective home-building projects. The Green Homebuilding Guide is PahRoo’s periodical, that focuses on these eco-friendly options and provides insights into the various ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
As the impact of the water crisis is felt globally, homeowners and homebuilding professionals are looking towards the next frontier of efficiency measures: economical and dynamic water use.
It is estimated that almost 14% of all potable water is purposed for buildings, which is a sizable burden on the environment, as well as the wallets of homeowners. Just like any limited resource, reducing usage will lead to significant savings and a lower carbon footprint. Additionally, water is unique in that it is heavily tied to energy in two major ways. Most noticeably, it requires energy to pump, treat and deliver water before use. Moreover, it takes meaningful amounts of water, typically used as a ‘cooling agent’, in order to help generate the energy we use to power our appliances and turn our lights on.
For many sustainably minded trailblazers, the high amount of energy embedded in water represents an opportunity for innovation and savings. The list of renovations and energy efficient appliances that can be implemented as a way to reduce water use is long, and growing yearly. According to the American Water Works Association, “If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would result in dollar-volume savings of $11.3 million per day or more than $4 billion per year.”
If you are looking to increase water efficiency in your current or future home, here are several great places to start exploring:
Quantify Water Use & Pinpoint Improvement Areas
Low Flow Sink & Bathtub Faucets
High-Efficiency/Low Flow Toilets
Energy Star Appliances
Check for Leaks
Efficient Hot Water Systems