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SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

Asset Classes

Focus Area

Water

Topic

Baseline Practices

Question #

W1.0a — Walkthrough Water Assessment

Question

Has a water assessment been conducted in the past five years?

Applicability

Applicable to Office and Healthcare buildings

Answer

  • Yes
  • N/A – tenant manages water systems but does not have access to water bills

Description

A water assessment refers to a simple audit of the building’s configuration and water systems. It focuses on the identification of potential water conserving measures.

Requirements

The water assessment report must contain the following elements:

    1. Analysis of water consumption through monthly utility bill analysis and benchmarking. For benchmarking purposes, utility bills must cover a minimum of 12 months of continuous data
    2. Assessment and list of current performance of water-consuming equipment.
    3. Prioritized list of proposed water conserving measures (WCM’s) to enable greater water efficiency
    4. Provision of estimates of financial savings the building owner will realize as a result of investing in WCMs and the simple payback period

Documentation

Adapted BB3 Question

Best Practice 5 — Has a water assessment been conducted in the past five years?

Suggested Lead

In house: Facility Maintenance/Project Manager/Building Manager
Third-party: Engineering consultants

References

Crosswalk

TBD

Other Notes

Also applicable in Quebec. More frequently now annual water use is published with annual city-tax bill in several Quebec cities. It is also becoming the norm for building managers to install sub-metering and/or whole-building metering, as investors require water-use oversight.

Scoring

Baseline 

Verification