BP04: Water Audit & Planning

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Official language

Purpose

To identify water-saving and O+M improvement opportunities through a holistic, qualitative evaluation of all water-using systems within the building or tenant-controlled space.

 

Objective

At least once every 5 years, perform a water audit to help understand the project’s water consumption profile and discover opportunities for improvements through no-cost to low-cost water conservation measures along with considerations for capital improvements.

The audit is a tool that should be used to determine the project’s current water performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing water efficiency improvements.

 

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • A Water audit report
  • Documentation of implementing any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) water saving initatives (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting report).

 

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Provide one of the following:
    • A BIT Building Water Audit report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control; OR
    • A water audit report consistent with, or more stingent than, the BIT Building Water Audit report; OR
    • For tenants whose water-using fixtures are outside of their control, a document or blueprint with a brief narrative explaning the tenant space layout.
  2. Documentation of implementing any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) water saving initatives (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting report). *Not required for tenant spaces with zero water-using fixtures.

 

Implementation Guidance

Once every five years, perform a water audit. The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current water performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing water efficiency improvements.
 

BIT Building:

  1. Review historical water data.
  2. Survey the project including all water-using fixtures and water-use behaviors.
  3. Identify low- and no-cost water efficiency measures.
  4. Identify potential water efficiency capital improvements.
  5. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in a water audit report.
  6. Review the water audit with key stakeholders and strategize for future water improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

BIT for Tenants (with water-using fixtures within the tenant space and/or under tenant control):

  1. Review historical water data.
  2. Survey the project including all water-using fixtures and water-use behaviors.
  3. Identify low- and no-cost water efficiency measures.
  4. Identify potential water efficiency capital improvements.
  5. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in a water audit report.
  6. Review water audit with key stakeholders including building ownership/management and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

 

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    Purpose

    To identify water-saving and O+M improvement opportunities through a holistic, qualitative evaluation of all water-using systems within the building or tenant-controlled space.

     

    Objective

    At least once every 5 years, perform a water audit to help understand the project’s water consumption profile and discover opportunities for improvements through no-cost to low-cost water conservation measures along with considerations for capital improvements.

    The audit is a tool that should be used to determine the project’s current water performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing water efficiency improvements.

     

    Implementation Requirements

    Once every five years, perform a water audit. The audit should be used as a tool to determine the project’s current water performance, serve as a baseline for measuring all future improvements, and serve as a guide for evaluating and prioritizing water efficiency improvements.
     

    BIT Building:

    1. Review historical water data.
    2. Survey the project including all water-using fixtures and water-use behaviors.
    3. Identify low- and no-cost water efficiency measures.
    4. Identify potential water efficiency capital improvements.
    5. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in a water audit report.
    6. Review the water audit with key stakeholders and strategize for future water improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

    BIT for Tenants (with water-using fixtures within the tenant space and/or under tenant control):

    1. Review historical water data.
    2. Survey the project including all water-using fixtures and water-use behaviors.
    3. Identify low- and no-cost water efficiency measures.
    4. Identify potential water efficiency capital improvements.
    5. Summarize the results of the audit along with opportunities for improvement in a water audit report.
    6. Review water audit with key stakeholders including building ownership/management and strategize for future energy improvements (can also be discussed during annual sustainability planning meeting).

     

      Submittal Requirements

      BIT Building:

      • A Water audit report
      • Documentation of implementing any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) water saving initatives (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting report).

       

      BIT for Tenants:

      1. Provide one of the following:
        • A BIT Building Water Audit report for areas within tenant space and/or under tenant control; OR
        • A water audit report consistent with, or more stingent than, the BIT Building Water Audit report; OR
        • For tenants whose water-using fixtures are outside of their control, a document or blueprint with a brief narrative explaning the tenant space layout.
      2. Documentation of implementing any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) water saving initatives (this may be an excerpt from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting report). *Not required for tenant spaces with zero water-using fixtures.

       

      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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