Tucson AZ (Vocus) November 10, 2009 –-
What’s the fastest growing concern of the green building movement? Not necessarily energy, as you might suppose, but water conservation, including the water technology opportunities profiled in Jerry Yudelson’s latest green building report, sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Foundation, the research arm of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).
“In Water Efficiency Technologies for Mechanical Contractors: New Business Opportunities, I profile a growing trend in the green building movement – water conservation. This trend is highlighted by the new requirements of the LEED rating system that require 20% water savings for every project, compared with conventional buildings,” says Yudelson.
In this report, Yudelson outlines major opportunities in water metering, fixture replacements, cooling tower water reduction, rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse in buildings. “With major droughts affecting Florida, Georgia, Texas and California the past few years, it’s time to recalibrate our thinking about the importance of water in the built environment,” he said.
In the report, Jerry Yudelson profiles dozens of new technologies usable in both new buildings and retrofit projects around the U.S. and Canada. Yudelson presents a solid business case for water conservation, and outlines the close relationship of water use and energy use through what’s being called the energy/water nexus.
“It takes nearly half of U.S. water withdrawals to provide cooling for thermal power plants and it takes as much as five percent of our energy production just to move water, treat it, pump it to points of use and treat the resulting wastewater. We can’t solve energy problems without dealing with inefficient water use, and we shouldn’t try” maintained Yudelson.
“In this report, we provide a practical guide to water technologies for buildings. We show contractors, in particular, how concern over water shortages can generate great business opportunities for them. But this opportunity is not limited to contractors; it exists also for manufacturers, investors, technology developers, building owners and real estate developers” said Yudelson.
By saving money on water use through creative water conservation strategies and water technology investments, the report shows how commercial building owners can actually add significant value to their real estate holdings by lowering annual operating costs, increasing net operating income (NOI) and benefiting from the multiple of NOI reflected in building prices. “It’s possible to add $1 million to the value of a large building just by saving $100,000 in annual water costs” stated Yudelson.
About Yudelson Associates
Yudelson Associates is a leading international firm in sustainability planning and green building consulting. The founder, Jerry Yudelson, is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading experts on green building and green development. He is the author of 11 green building books and serves as Research Scholar for Retail Real Estate Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a 70,000-member international trade organization. He is a frequent green building speaker at industry and professional conferences and chairs North America’s largest annual show, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference, held this month in Phoenix.
For more information on Yudelson Associates please visit the company’s website, greenbuildconsult.com. Jerry Yudelson can also be seen on YouTube at youtube.com/jyudelson and followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jerryyudelson.