Retrofitting Apartment Buildings To Conserve
Water: A Guide for Managers, Engineers, and Contractors (September
2002, 48 p.)
Many American communities are facing reduced water supplies
and some have implemented water conservation measures. Engineers,
managers, and contractors will be called upon to help apartment
owners and managers examine their options for implementing
water conservation measures on their properties. While a number
of approaches to conserve water can be integrated into a property
during design and construction, retrofit options are frequently
limited by cost and complexity.
HUD and the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing
(PATH) have published this guide to assist property owners
and their agents (managers, engineers, contractors, and maintenance
staff) in reducing water use in apartment buildings. This
guidebook explains available options, provides a framework
to work with, and summarizes what managers, engineers, and
contractors need to know to select the water conservation
retrofit strategies that best suit the property in question.
By describing options that can be applied cost effectively,
designers, and installers will be able to present options
for water conservation to the property owner so they may select
measures. Although the primary benefit of conserving water
will be a reduction in the costs of operating the building,
secondary benefits may include higher property values, some
energy savings, and improved relations with residents.
A companion guidebook Overview
of Retrofit Strategies: A Guide for Apartment Owners and Managers
describing options in a non-technical manner for apartment
owners and managers is also available from HUD USER.