to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation to minimize the
demand on limited supplies and reduce water costs.
Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 50% over a
theoretical baseline design for the specific region.
- Drought tolerant plants
- Drip irrigation, moisture-sensing irrigation technologies
- Recycled rainwater system
- Municipally-provided non-potable water source use
- Look to similar existing building types or typical practices
used by developers implementing water intensive landscaping to
establish a reasonable baseline.
- Campus applications may require revisions to campus standards
to allow the native/adaptive plantings. Xeriscaping may not be
applicable in all high-usage areas.
- Some native plants may not be appropriate for facilities where
allergies or compromised immune systems are of primary
- Non-potable water systems (untreated irrigation water) may be
prone to problems with mineral deposits in irrigation piping and
- Over 400 water recycling plants are currently built or under
construction throughout California . Projects should check with the
local city water department for municipally provided non-potable
- 79% of all California LEED Certified projects achieved this
credit for LEED v2.1.
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