BP04: Water Audit & Planning

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Once every five years, perform a water audit to understand the building’s water consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with the water auditor to review performance and plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. On years where a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, review the current water performance, and determine if any new conservation measures should be evaluated and planned.

Implementation Requirements

Perform a water audit once every five years. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

BIT Building:

Minimum requirements for the water audit:

  1. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting water use efficiency.
  2. Perform the water audit components listed in the BIT Building Water Audit Protocol.
  3. Summarize the results of the audit components and opportunities for improvement in a report.
  4. Develop an implementation plan based on the audit results.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building  for water-using systems within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
  2. Management Engagement: request from building management a copy of a completed water audit for the entire building.

BIT Building:

  1. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify water conservation measures that can be considered.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: convene an annual pre-budget meeting to review the audit and plan implementation for any water conservations measures.

BIT Building:

  1. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the water use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned, and considering the effectiveness of leak detection efforts.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Same as BIT Building.

    Submittal Requirements

    BIT Building:

    • Water audit report
    • Summary report from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, including date, names of meeting attendees, and a summary of the water conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report).

    BIT for Tenants:

    Provide either of the following:

    • A completed BIT Building Water Audit report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control; OR
    • For tenants whose water-using fixtures are outside of their control, documentation of request to ownership/management for a building water audit consistent with, or more stringent, than the BIT Building Water Audit protocol and any response to the request.
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    Once every five years, perform a water audit to understand the building’s water consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with the water auditor to review performance and plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. On years where a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, review the current water performance, and determine if any new conservation measures should be evaluated and planned.

    Implementation Requirements

    Perform a water audit once every five years. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

    BIT Building:

    Minimum requirements for the water audit:

    1. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting water use efficiency.
    2. Perform the water audit components listed in the BIT Building Water Audit Protocol.
    3. Summarize the results of the audit components and opportunities for improvement in a report.
    4. Develop an implementation plan based on the audit results.

    BIT for Tenants:

    1. Same as BIT Building  for water-using systems within tenant space and/or under tenant control.
    2. Management Engagement: request from building management a copy of a completed water audit for the entire building.

    BIT Building:

    1. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify water conservation measures that can be considered.

    BIT for Tenants:

    1. Tenant: convene an annual pre-budget meeting to review the audit and plan implementation for any water conservations measures.

    BIT Building:

    1. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the water use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned, and considering the effectiveness of leak detection efforts.

    BIT for Tenants:

    1. Same as BIT Building.

      Submittal Requirements

      BIT Building:

      • Water audit report
      • Summary report from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, including date, names of meeting attendees, and a summary of the water conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report).

      BIT for Tenants:

      Provide either of the following:

      • A completed BIT Building Water Audit report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control; OR
      • For tenants whose water-using fixtures are outside of their control, documentation of request to ownership/management for a building water audit consistent with, or more stringent, than the BIT Building Water Audit protocol and any response to the request.

      BIT User experts

      Ben Stanley

      WPS

      Dylan Waldhuetter

      M.S. Water Policy & Management, AWS Water Stewardship Specialist

      The Water Council
      Alliance for Water Stewardship North America Program Manager

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