Water Efficiency

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Water efficiency in buildings requires a set of strategies for reducing water consumption.

Water-saving appliances and fixtures are an inexpensive (often cost-neutral) way to achieve greater efficiency. Rainwater or graywater reuse and even blackwater treatment are ways to push the envelope.

Water Efficiency

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