Water Efficiency category focuses on strategies to conserve
water. As buildings are major users of our potable water supply,
the USGBC encourages buildings to concentrate on water reduction
inside and outside. This is typically achieved through the
use of more efficient appliances, fixtures, and fittings,
and water-wise landscaping practices. 425 Market Street has
implemented the following practices to improve water efficiency.
San Francisco Water Department conducted an audit of the
building's water usage. The audit results showed that by
installing more efficient plumbing fixtures in select locations
(low flow toilets, low flow aerators and dual flush valves)
the building's water consumption will decrease nearly 20%.
Market's urban landscaping practices facilitate water efficiency.
The use of drip irrigation and hand-watering practices reduces
water consumption. In addition, the water usage is monitored
through an independent sub meter, allowing for detailed
tracking of the water usage and ensuring that landscaping
practices are consistent with 425 Market St.'s landscaping