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Flowtite® Tanks Impact on Green Building

Water management is a significant component of the LEED® program. Underground fiberglass water storage tanks can apply to several LEED categories.

Flowtite fiberglass storage tanks, from Containment Solutions, contribute to satisfying multiple credits of the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Flowtite tanks can store wastewater, graywater, rainwater, stormwater, even potable drinking water. Tanks can be fit with filtering components to separate oil and other contaminants so the water collected can be reused for landscaping and other applications.

With efficient water management strategies in place, your green building decisions will quickly pay for themselves.

Building On A Tradition

Containment Solutions, formerly the special products division of Owens Corning, pioneered a technology in 1965 to manufacture the first fiberglass petroleum storage tank.

Originally our tanks were designed for the safe storage of petroleum and other combustible materials. In fact, our design work resulted in the UL 1316 standard which governs fiberglass tank manufacturing for petroleum tanks. More than 40 years and 300,000 tank installations later, we continue to improve upon those processes utilizing today's automation to develop new applications and products.

We applied the same manufacturing expertise and ambition to the water industry when we introduced the Flowtite® line of water storage tanks. Flowtite tanks are designed to meet AWWA D120, NFPA 22, NSF 61 and IAPMO standards for water/wastewater storage tanks. Non-corrosive fiberglass tanks from CSI are lightweight and watertight making them the perfect vessel for any water application. Flowtite tanks are manufactured at multiple locations to serve North America.

Containment Solutions Full Product Line

In addition to the water tank line of products, Containment Solutions offers oil/water separators, manholes and wetwells which can be combined with Flowtite tanks to create a complete water management system. Many of our customers use a combination of tanks in creative ways to meet ever changing needs. CSI offers custom manufacturing for complex projects as well as a full line of accessories to complement our industry leading quality vessels.

CSI is committed to providing environmentally conscious designs and products. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we promote proper fluid management and sustainable site development.

Water Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use. Natural rainwater is very clean and therefore needs little filtering to be used as a secondary water supply. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use.

With proper planning and design, your system can be built to capture up to 100% of the surface area rainwater. Which means that during a one inch rain, over 500 gallons of water can be collected for every 1,000 sq. ft. of surface area. (Source: Texas Water Development Board)

Rainwater harvesting can make a dramatic impact through financial tax incentives, compliance with current and future regulations and additional credits toward certification of "green" building.

Tank sizes and accessories can be customized to meet both residential and commercial design plans.

Typical Applications

  • Commercial rainwater harvesting
  • Residential rainwater harvesting
  • Gray water reuse
  • Irrigation systems

Even where annual rainfall averages only 12 inches, you can save money by collecting and storing rainwater then using it to irrigate your trees, shrubs and lawn or as an alternative water supply for household needs.

Stormwater Collection

In many rural areas of the world water can be scarce where annual rainfall is low. Although stormwater is a proven water collection source for these abnormally dry rural communities, similar water shortages can occur in urban areas as well even where average rainfall amounts should be sufficient.

Urban development introduces impervious surfaces to an environment, which prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. Common impervious surfaces include parking lots, highways, rooftops, etc. These surfaces cause runoff water to funnel through waterways and out of the city too quickly to be absorbed naturally.

The result is a unique situation where areas with average rainfall suffer from flooding during normal rains and unnecessary drought conditions during expected dry periods. The solution of course is to collect and store the flooding water for drier times.

Collecting stormwater often begins with storm drains built directly into streets and parking lots. These drains would then channel the water to a Flowtite stormwater tank. With the proper accessories attached to your storage tank, collected water can be filtered and reused in both indoor and outdoor applications thus minimizing overall potable water use.

Typical Applications

  • Stormwater runoff collection
  • Gray water reuse
  • Irrigation systems
  • Chilled water storage

According to the US Department of Energy, landscaping irrigation and indoor plumbing account for 61% of all water usage in office buildings.

Most water efficiency improvements pay for themselves in 3 years. Studies show that the annual return on investment is an incredible 25% - 40%. Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

LEED® Green Building Rating SystemTM

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM is a voluntary, consensus-based program for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy effi ciency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on a system of prerequisites and credits, LEED projects earn points during the certification process and then are awarded one of the four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Water management is a signifi cant component of the LEED program. Varying applications for underground water storage tanks can be used to fulfi 11 several LEED categories. Flowtite® fiberglass storage tanks, from Containment Solutions, contribute to satisfying multiple credits of the LEED Green Building Rating System.

CSI is committed to providing environmentally conscious designs and products. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we promote proper fluid management and sustainable site development.

Source: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), January, 2009 LEED® is a registered trademark of the USGBC, and is not affiliated with Containment Solutions

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