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A Look into Water Conservation: An Evaluation of Landscape Water Regulations
Kansas State University
Department of Landscape Archiecture/Regional Community Planning
The study examines the effectiveness of landscape regulations using three landscape regulations in the city of Colorado Springs, representing city and development landscape regulations and guidelines implemented before and after 1998. The effectiveness of the three regulations is measured from the results of four evaluations (regulation composition, landscape design, landscape installation and maintenance, and landscape water use) that represent the steps necessary for the development and maintenance of water efficient landscapes. The results indicated that regulation changes that occurred in the City Landscape Code and Policy Manual in the late 1990’s effectively created water conserving landscape regulations. The diversity of water-wise principles in the regulations and the balance of citations and enforcement were the major elements that reduced water use and increased conservation in the evaluated landscape tracts.
A First Year Evaluation of the Energy and Water Conservation of Epler Hall: Direct and Societal Savings
Portland State University
Department of Environmental Science and Resources
Portland State University’s (PSU’s) Stephen Epler Hall is a 6-story mixed-use building erected in 2003. The building has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating. This study addresses three questions regarding the efficiency and conservation features of Epler Hall: (1) Is the building achieving the anticipated energy and water efficiency? (2) What are PSU’s direct savings from these efficiency features? (3) Does the conservation generate additional societal benefits, beyond the direct PSU savings?
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