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LEED and Water Efficiency

BRAE Rainwater Systems can support up to 10-12 points towards achieving LEED project certification depending on end use application and project design.

LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

  • Certified 40-49 points
  • Silver 50-59 points
  • Gold 60-79 points
  • Platinum 80 points and above

The two areas BRAE Rainwater Systems can help achieve points towards project certification are the Sustainable Sites category for stormwater quantity reduction and the Water Efficiency category for reducing project use of potable water for non potable applications. The point totals possible for each category are summarized below:

Sustainable Sites: Quantity Control (1 Possible Point)

As a LID (low impact development) best management practice, BRAE Rainwater Systems assist projects in detaining stormwater volumes and attenuating peak flows. When integrated into project designs, BRAE systems can help achieve the onsite stormwater management goals linked to mimicing a site’s pre-development runoff conditions. Consult a BRAE team member to learn more about how to integrate BRAE systems into your site’s stormwater management plan.

Water Efficiency (10 Possible Points)

One of the primary benefits of BRAE Rainwater Systems relates to their ability to increase water efficiency in new and existing construction projects by supplementing municipal water resources. Rainwater systems help augment existing water resources (well or city) by offering projects an additional water supply option for meeting project non-potable end use applications. Consider BRAE systems for projects using rainwater for flushing toilets and irrigating landscapes.

SOURCE: For more information about LEED and Project certification, visit USGBC.org

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