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Water Conservation Advice

Water Conservation Advice

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Published by Dennis Kaiser
Landscapes can save precious natural resource
Landscapes can save precious natural resource

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 BOMA March/April 2009
Challenging times call or evensmarter plans and strategic initiativesto be deployed by building owners and
managers. Commercial real estate indus-
try leaders involved in operating largeportolios, corporate campuses or sin-
gle assets must examine all aspects o abudget to fnd ways to maximize value,
 yet still achieve the highest standards o 
perormance in order or a property tocompete in the marketplace. One area
o potential high impact and signifcant
ROI is a landscape plan that is grounded
in eciency and sustainability and is
aesthetically polished.
 A key component o a smart landscape
is water conservation. For owners andmanagers in arid regions, it is a act o lie. But or some, water may not be
perceived as a precious resource simply 
because it seems to be plentiul. Even
though water is relatively inexpensive, itis a limited natural resource. Adopting asmart water management program now 
is a critical component to operating a
commercial site at peak efciency at all
times, not just when drought conditions
or irrigation restrictions exist.Companies ranging rom technology 
giants (such as Cisco, Applied Mate-rials, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo! andGenentech) to asset owners and man-
agers (such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Carr-
 America, CB Richard Ellis, Grubb & Ellis,
Equity Ofce and The Irvine Company)
are learning that landscape and watermanagement can enhance the bottom
line fnancially and in a number o other
By Eric Santos
10 SmatIigatio Tips
Iigatio ca accout o mo tha50 pct o a popt’s wat cosump- tio. H a 10 was to wat smat:1. Wat a i th moig ight bodaw. It ducs osss to wid advapoatio.2. Wat o wh dd.3. Adjust spiks to avoid wast adsu uiom distibutio.4. Tst th spa patts o spiksstms; chck o coggd is admid o sis o spik hads;ad b su to pai aks.5. Us dip iigatio o oamtashubs to duc wat usag.6. Ista ai shut-of dvics oi-goud moistu ssos.7. St aw mow bads high toicas goud shad ad watttio i soi.8. Much aoud shubs ad pats toduc vapoatio ad cut dow owds.9. Us a boom, ath tha a hos, to ca divwas o sidwaks.10. Us a hos with a automatic shut-of o.
Maximizing Water Conservationin Challenging Times
 ways. Making the grounds aesthetically 
pleasing and more sustainable can play a
role in attracting new tenants and retain-
ing current ones.
Cisco Cas Stud
 A good example o smart adoptiono water conservation measures in thecommercial oce park environment is
Cisco Systems in San Jose, Cali., which,
over the past decade, adopted a greener
landscape program and reduced its
landscape operating costs. Cisco, which
provides networking equipment andnetwork management or the Internet,made the changes at the suggestion o 
 ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, itslandscape company since 1998. Over the
past decade, overall landscape costs atthe expansive campus have declined
signifcantly.
Cisco’s landscape management planocused on three components: horti-
cultural improvements, reducing water
consumption and reducing landill waste. The goal was to determine how much water was being consumed and
 what high water-using plants were being 
employed, as well as determining their
 water and ertilizer needs. Showing what
 was currently being spent or water usage
and maintenance costs revealed some
opportunities to improve.
 An extensive analysis o the vegeta-
tion on the company campus pinpointed
the areas that consumed the most water
and took the most time to maintain. A 

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