AWE Submits Comments on LEED 2009

Improved Water Efficiency Sought in USGBC Green Building Standards


The Alliance for Water Efficiency and a number of other organizations have submitted comments to the US Green Building Council (USGBC) requesting a greater role for water efficiency in LEED 2009.

USGBC member_logo_grayWater efficiency within the LEED process is addressed on a technical detail level by the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WETAG), appointed in 2003 by the USGBC to bring the necessary water expertise into that process. The WETAG currently consists of 16 members, all of whom are specialists in the areas of water‐efficient practices and technologies. The Alliance for Water Efficiency is represented on the WETAG and has been active in seeking changes to the water efficiency chapters in all of the LEED products since January 2004. The primary goals of those changes are (1) to bring LEED current in terms of best‐available technologies and (2) to improve the “coverage” of the water efficiency chapters to embrace more areas of water use within a building or project. Unfortunately, such improvements have been minimal to date in the LEED products, and, as such, most of the indoor water use calculations in LEED have been relying solely upon plumbing fixtures covered in the 1992 EPAct, largely ignoring or minimizing the other elements of potential indoor water use.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency hopes that the comments submitted on June 22 will open the door to needed changes to improve LEED in the area of water efficiency. Consider signing on to the Alliance’s letter.  Send an e-mail to Mary Ann Dickinson  if you would like your organization included in an ongoing list of supporters on our web site.