Chicago Faucets sponsored “Water Use in Buildings: Achieving Business Performance Benefits through Efficiency,” a SmartMarket Report that examines the significance of water use in commercial buildings. Water efficiency will become increasingly important to green building efforts in the U.S. during the next five years, the study said. A greater emphasis will be placed on water sustainability and the products that help promote it.

Among the study's major findings:
  • 42% of building owners report that three-quarters of their projects include water-efficient practices in their designs.

  • 85% of commercial building industry players say that water efficiency will be a very important part of green building in the year 2013, up from 69% in 2008.

  • 50% of building owners expect they will incorporate water-efficient practices into at least 50% of their building projects.

The findings indicate that companies planning to utilize water-efficient technology will experience a 15% reduction in water use, a 10-11% decrease in energy use and operating cost reductions of 11-12% on average. Commercial building industry businesses, including architecture/engineering firms and contractors, said that water-saving sinks were among the product categories they most closely associated with water efficiency. About 43% of industry respondents said they most frequently thought of water-saving bathroom sink faucets.