29 Dec '15, 9am

#Water Risks Higher in #GreenBuildings, Report Finds

#Water Risks Higher in #GreenBuildings, Report Finds

Researchers at Virginia Tech say that water conservation measures in green buildings can increase the length of time that water stands in plumbing systems, thereby increasing the risk that water will become contaminated with microbes, including the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease. A report in Chemistry World said that the study measured chlorine levels, temperature, and microbial content in the water supply in different types of green buildings, ranging from an office building to a net-zero energy Producing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. home. It found that chlorine disinfectant in the water decayed as much as 144 times faster in green buildings because of increased water age. Green buildings typically have low-flow showerheads and faucets and ma...

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