BP09: Water Leak Detection

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Even the smallest of holes in supply plumbing can lead to the loss of thousands of gallons of potable water each month and substantially increased utility bills. Leaks can cause serious and expensive damage to your  property, structure, and finishes, and even create conditions that adversely affect health.

This best practice intents to help the building operator support water conservation efforts and minimize the adverse effects caused by water events by establishing regular, proactive strategies to detect water leaks before they cause serious damage to property and people. The time invested in routine leak detection is vastly offset by the potential losses of an undetected leak.

 

Objective

Create and implement procedures for water leak detection to proactively discover leaks and promptly remediate them.

Submittal Requirements

The following are the required submittals in order to fulfill the objective of this best practice.

  • Water leak detection procedures for the building or tenant-controlled space including an action plan and/or notification procedures for when water leaks are detected.

Projects Without Water-Using Fixtures

This best practice is not required for program participants with zero water-using fixtures. Please submit blueprints or a similar document with a brief narrative explaining the project layout. 

Implementation Guidance

See BIT Building Program Manual for additional details and recommended steps for implementing this best practice.

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Even the smallest of holes in supply plumbing can lead to the loss of thousands of gallons of potable water each month and substantially increased utility bills. Leaks can cause serious and expensive damage to your  property, structure, and finishes, and even create conditions that adversely affect health.

This best practice intents to help the building operator support water conservation efforts and minimize the adverse effects caused by water events by establishing regular, proactive strategies to detect water leaks before they cause serious damage to property and people. The time invested in routine leak detection is vastly offset by the potential losses of an undetected leak.

 

Objective

Create and implement procedures for water leak detection to proactively discover leaks and promptly remediate them.

Implementation Requirements

See BIT Building Program Manual for additional details and recommended steps for implementing this best practice.

Submittal Requirements

The following are the required submittals in order to fulfill the objective of this best practice.

  • Water leak detection procedures for the building or tenant-controlled space including an action plan and/or notification procedures for when water leaks are detected.

Projects Without Water-Using Fixtures

This best practice is not required for program participants with zero water-using fixtures. Please submit blueprints or a similar document with a brief narrative explaining the project layout. 

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