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SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

Asset Classes

Focus Area

Water

Topic

Baseline Practices

Question #

W1.0b — Water Assessment

Question

Have the water efficiency of systems managed by the owner or landlord been assessed in the last five years?

Applicability

Applicable to Enclosed Shopping Centre, Universal, Light Industrial, Open-Air Retail and Multi-Unit Residential buildings

Answer

  • Yes – this is a baseline requirement. Complete BOMA BEST Form W1.0b
  • N/A – Water audit is not possible or not practical, provide a brief explanation

Description

The most effective water reduction strategies will focus efforts on the end uses with the highest consumption. Building operations and management teams should determine the largest end uses and consider opportunities for sub-metering significant loads, such as irrigation and cooling towers.

Requirements

For all building components managed by the owner or landlord, provide:

    1. Building and system Description and review – clearly distinguish between systems that are owned vs managed vs maintained by the owner, landlord or tenant
    2. Water utility history (at least 12 months of continuous data, typically the previous 24-36 months of data) for each energy source
    3. Low- and no-cost water conservation measures, with high level costing, simple payback and anticipated savings
      • If no savings measures are identified, state why.

Refer to Other Notes.

Documentation

    • Water End-Use Report

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

If the owner or landlord only manages for example the exterior irrigation at the building, provide the water data for these systems, as well as an assessment of the efficiency of the system. If the system was recently upgraded and no water conservation is currently feasible, state that too.

For all systems managed by the tenant, the applicant (representing the owner or landlord) is expected to outline those as well, though no water assessment is required for these systems.

Scoring

Baseline – 1 Point

Verification