Earn Extra LEED Points

Want to earn some extra Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) credits, while saving 1.5 billion liters of water a year? Now might be a good time to consider new technologies and products designed specifically to improve sustainability.

One example comes from Encore, which provides an environmentally friendly cistern for sustainable water supply that has previously been drained to waste. This product is suitable for anywhere with toilets and air conditioning.

Encore allows architects, consultants, and specifiers to secure two extra LEED points and BREEAM credits, the gauge for building sustainability.

Air conditioning units have a pipe that drains all the condensate away. This cistern uses this free water to flush the toilet.

Data from hotel specialist STR Global shows 77,360 rooms in 487 hotels are currently being built in Europe. Compared to traditional cisterns, using this would save the average 158-bed European hotel 3.08 million liters based on standard 80 percent occupancy levels. It would save them 1.5 billion liters of water a year, the equivalent of 600 Olympic swimming pools. Creating sustainable solutions in every aspect of building construction is a priority for many contractors—and this is one way to do that.

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