The efficient use of water resources results in lower operating costs, a more reliable water supply, and improved water quality. Additionally, because energy is required to transport and treat water, saving water also saves energy.
The Better Buildings Challenge has expanded its energy savings program to include water savings and address the growing need to conserve this natural resource. More than thirty partners across the commercial, public, industrial and multifamily sectors are now working with the Energy Department to track water use intensity improvements as well as share successful strategies and solutions. Through 2015, partners have cumulatively saved a total of 4 billion gallons.
Better Buildings Challenge partners interested in setting a water-saving goal, sharing solutions with their peers, and being recognized for their efforts should contact their DOE lead to learn how to join the water savings initiative. Partners joining the water effort should have already have shared one year if energy performance data and developed one showcase project or implementation model.
This guidance document features insights from leading manufacturers on developing new, or improving existing, corporate water management programs.