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.