This course brings AEC professionals up to date on the latest developments in high-efficiency plumbing systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and multifamily building projects. The course focuses on the proper implementation of water-conserving products and systems, with an emphasis on the benefit of such systems not only for reducing the amount of potable water use, but also the consequent health, welfare, and environmental benefits to building occupants, visitors, and owners.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DISCUSS new developments in low-flow and sensoroperated plumbing fixtures and their relationship to environmental improvement and occupant well-being.
+ LIST the comparative environmental and health benefits and shortcomings of rainwater harvesting systems.
+ EXPLAIN how concerns related to health and safety affect the design and implementation of graywater reuse systems.
+ DESCRIBE software tools and new environmental codes and standards that affect the selection, specification, and design of commercial plumbing systems and their health, safety, and welfare benefits for building occupants.