College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Sustainable building has reshaped the construction industry and has led to new innovations that have benefitted the human race. Water efficiency in buildings has become increasingly important to the U.S. Green Building Counsel (USBGC) for buildings to obtain a LEED certification. To obtain a LEED certification buildings are rated on a point system in which the building is rewarded points by being environmentally responsible and using its resources efficiently. There are nine categories of LEED points with water efficiency being one of them. This has led the construction industry to innovate new technologies that help conserve one of if not the most important resource on Earth, water. The construction industry has been moving more towards water efficient plumbing fixtures such as dual flush toilets, low flow showerheads and sinks along with energy star appliances. These new innovations have led to a decrease in residential homes average water use and have helped homeowners save money on their water and sewage utility bills. However, the implementation of water efficient fixtures in residential homes still has a lot of room to grow which can be seen right here in San Luis Obispo County.