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2.02 Water Management in Buildings: A Strategic Approach for Facility Managers

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
1:45 PM-2:45 PM
Track: Sustainability/ Environmental Stewardship
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: Building performance is defined by a number of important parameters. Energy use, water consumption, waste generation and removal, and environmental quality in the workplace are the broad categories of building performance that a facility manager is most concerned with. Water is generally considered an undervalued resource and does not always get as much attention as energy and waste. Scarcity and the cost of water are likely to force us to think more strategically about how we use water in buildings.

The standard approach to water savings in buildings is to adopt the "fixtures approach" - water efficiency in buildings is measured by the efficiency of its fixtures. While this approach may capture the bulk of water use in buildings, it ignores a number of other important water conservation measures, such as rainwater capture, gray water use, water used in cooling systems and leakage. Thinking strategically about building water use will force us to go beyond the low-hanging fruit of fixture use and force us look at our buildings more holistically. Strategies such as the Global Water Consumption Approach and Water Management Plan Approach may offer better answers to conserving water in buildings.

Explore the primary water uses in buildings and review several studies on global water use in buildings. Alternative strategies to the key fixtures approach will be outlined, as well as a number of current mandates, such as the Executive Orders on energy, water consumption and waste in U.S. federal facilities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the primary water uses in buildings: domestic, process and irrigation.
  • Discuss strategies for improvement: Key Fixtures, Global Water Consumption and Water Management Plan approaches.
  • Gain international perspectives on measuring and benchmarking water use in buildings.
  • Examine the outlook for reporting and disclosure initiatives on water use.
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    Speakers:

    Laurie Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA
    Facility Engineering Associates
    Vice President

    Laurie Gilmer is a Vice President at Facility Engineering Associates, and leads FEA’s facility asset management, building energy management, and sustainability services. Laurie has assisted facility managers in improving building systems operations, creating and implementing energy management plans, identifying energy saving opportunities, and LEED certification for existing buildings. Her experience includes sustainability/LEED, systems analysis, energy audits, commissioning, building systems planning, and controls review. Laurie is a published author, and co-authored IFMA’s second manual in the Sustainability “How-To-Guide” Series, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Laurie is an active member of IFMA’s Sustainability Committee, and leads the Measurement, Monitoring & Reporting sub-committee.

    Christopher Hodges, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow, FRICS
    Facility Engineering Associates
    Principal

    Chris is a Principal of Facility Engineering Associates, an engineering and facility management consultancy. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Facility Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional. He is an IFMA Fellow, and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chris is a former board member, current Chair of the Sustainability Committee, member of the Education Committee and Master Instructor for IFMA. He has over 30 years of engineering and consulting experience with clients on facility asset management, life cycle management and strategic planning to optimize facility performance.