Feature Article

What Makes Plumbing Green? BuildingGreen’s Guide to Plumbing Products

People like a clean flush and a long shower, but water is getting scarcer. Selecting the right building products can meet both needs.

This special water-focused issue of EBN features a downloadable product guide in place of the whole-issue PDF.

This guide connects you with efficient choices that satisfy first-world sensibilities and sustainability objectives.

Photo: iStock.com/ShotShare

People want a hot, luxurious shower or bath. They want a toilet that doesn’t make them think. People want to use the urinal, not smell it. They want the faucet water to wet their hands—not bounce off them.

And most people don’t want to think about water scarcity, especially when they’re enjoying that shower.

The good news is that plumbing fixtures and accessories have come a long way in the last 20 years. Even as some project teams continue to install ultra-luxurious, ultra-wasteful baths, it’s more common to see efficient, easy choices that satisfy first-world sensibilities and sustainability objectives.

In this guide, we’ll connect you to those options and also put water conservation choices in context with human comfort, energy use, material use, and other issues that affect sustainability and budget.

Published September 8, 2015