Water Conservation: Initiatives and Standards – NKBA



Water Conservation: Initiatives and Standards


April 23, 2024 | 12:00 PM ET


Ronn Jefferson, Product Manager, Geberit

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What You Will Learn

Water is one of our most valuable resources, yet many states suffer water shortages due to preventable problems such as overuse and leakages. Throughout this session, Ronn Jefferson, Product Manager at Geberit, will discuss the increased need for water conservation and examine the requirements in CALGreen and the LEED® v4.1, Green Globes®, and BREEAM In-Use green building rating systems. The EPA’s WaterSense® initiative will also be discussed, along with case studies explaining the benefits of concealed toilet systems and their contribution to water conservation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the economic and environmental impacts of water conservation.
  • Summarize the water-efficiency requirements of LEED, Green Globes, and BREEAM In-Use
  • Be able to discuss the standards set by the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
  • Explain the EPA’s WaterSense initiative, including the certification process, requirements, and programs
  • Understand how WaterSense fixtures can help architects’ projects achieve water efficiency.
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Ronn Jefferson

Ronn, a self-professed “toilet idiot”, is Product Manager for Geberit plumbing products in the US and Canada. Chicagoland based, Ronn has worked with Geberit for 18 years – first as a senior design engineer in new product development and currently as Product Manager overseeing product development as well as technical support for sales and customers alike. Ronn is a member of NKBA as well as the Modular Building Institute, a trade association serving the commercial modular construction, and supports its mission to expand the use of offsite and modular construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education. Ronn can be reached at Ronn.Jefferson@chicagofaucets.com

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Geberit North America is celebrating 15 years as an EPA WaterSense partner. Geberit is also a charter member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Geberit water efficient tank systems meet the stringent codes of CalGreen and other states. Geberit consistently implements eco-design principles of its new products from the selection of raw materials to disposal; the company also takes measures that successively reduce water consumption.

Geberit is a leading innovator of the concealed tank systems for floating toilets that improve the look of any bathroom by hiding unsightly plumbing hardware. Replacing a standard toilet with the Geberit system results in more usable space, improved hygiene, water savings and better accessibility. They are ideal for creating stylish bathrooms with conservation in mind.

Geberit also offers the widest range of flush plate styles and finishes for use with its in-wall hidden tank systems. Many have biophilic patterns such as walnut and natural stone looks.  Additionally, the sustainable design of the dual-flush valve saves water and is practically maintenance-free. Select a water-saving Geberit tank system and match it with a water saving compliant toilet to meet USGBC LEED or EPA WaterSense requirements. For the most sustainable combinations see the Geberit Clean Design brochure.  Geberit’s American product offering is available at geberitnorthamerica.com.

The parent company of Geberit North America is the Switzerland headquartered Geberit Group, a global leader in the field of sanitary products. For the second year running, the Geberit Group has been awarded a Platinum rating for its sustainability management from EcoVadis, one of the world’s largest providers of business sustainability ratings. The Geberit Group is in the top one per cent of companies listed by EcoVadis.

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