Changes in LEED for Plumbing Fixtures and Process Water

May 12, 2010 – In The News

In 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC - LEED) updated its guidelines to accommodate new sustainability capabilities of water appliances.

“We’re raising the bar for ourselves,” said Phil Hinerman, LEED-AP and a founding board member with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC).

Hinerman said old LEED requirements were formed based on 1992 EPA studies, whereas the updated version incorporates the progress the industry has since made. Products have become more efficient, he said, so the standards for LEED certification are stricter. This means plumbers need to make sure they are staying current on all new technologies that accommodate green energy plans.

Luckily, Hinerman says there is a lot of information on the USGBC web site, including webinars discussing the changes and requirements. He also says many plumbing unions offer training, so check with yours.

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