A Unique Beast

Building a green retail facility today has become relatively easy. Not to dismiss the process or say it’s a walk in the park, but compared to building the fi rst LEED retail shopping center in the U.S. back in 2003-2004 (Abercorn Common), today’s designers, code officials and especially tenants have a much greater understanding of sustainable design, LEED certification and green building technologies. Fortunately, when we propose a grey water system that uses rainwater to flush toilets, we no longer hear, “What happens if someone drinks out of the toilet?” as the first question. Ah, how far we’ve come.