24. Case Study: Sweetwater Sound

The green building should take advantage of a number of elements:(1)

Building site—The site must be well suited to take advantage of the mass transportation system so that mileage to and from can be minimized.

Energy efficiency—This includes passive design strategies such as orientation of the building, natural lighting, and passive solar and building design.

Material efficiency—This involves selecting sustainable building products. These products should be as reusable and recyclable as possible.

Water efficiency—Plans need to be in place to use recycled water or limit the usage of water by creative options such as these:

• Ultra-low-flush toilets

• Low-flow shower heads and other water-conserving fixtures

• Recirculation ...

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