31 May '17, 7pm

New Tool Calculates Water Savings from Energy Efficiency Measures, Spotlights the Water-Energy Nexus in Buildings

New Tool Calculates Water Savings from Energy Efficiency Measures, Spotlights the Water-Energy Nexus in Buildings

Let’s consider a new office building which plans to save 20% energy and 20% water through efficient fixtures over modern energy codes. What impact do you expect the water-energy savings from efficiency to be? NBI’s simulation shows that the water savings at the generation source from energy efficiency enhancements are on the same order of magnitude as the building-level water savings—20%. In some states, the water saved through energy efficiency outweighs the building-level water savings. Imagine the impact that energy savings in less efficient existing buildings with cost-effective energy retrofits could have on the overall water consumption for the region. These water savings are particularly important in regions with historical or anticipated droughts and water shortages.

Full article: http://newbuildings.org/new-tool-calculates-water-savings...

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