Using water efficiently in construction can result in significant
cost savings. Building design, construction and overall site management can result in major water use savings as well as associated costs like energy, water supply and waste water treatment. Being effective and proactive in these areas can easily be achieved without compromising performance or the acceptability of the installed products by their users.
Having a proactive approach to water efficiency in construction means influence needs to be exerted over design specifications applied to the new project. It also needs to be exerted over the way the buildings are used, managed and maintained.
Water Efficiency Strategy
On a new build project, a Water Efficiency Strategy should be executed from the initial design stage to maximise savings in the most cost-effective way. The strategy should focus on four main stages, namely Policy, Preparation & Design, Pre-construction & Construction, and Handover, Post-completion & Use. A Water Efficiency Strategy should set out a proposed approach to quantifying the performance that is expected to be achieved in accordance with industry benchmarks.
Why Invest in Water Efficiency
Opportunities to reduce consumption of water have little impact on capital costs. This however, will deliver substantial costs savings throughout the projects lifespan. Reducing water is cost efficient and shows a responsibility towards this type of resource. Savings of about 15% to 25% on water usage can result in a large contractor saving up to £ 200 000 per year on water expenditure.
Principles of Water Efficiency
- Monitoring and managing your current system ensures that equipment is preforming at its full potential and encourages responsible usage.
- Reduce usage by using water efficient technologies while fixing leaks and embedding water consciousness in behaviour.
- Minimise water heating by using efficient storage and distribution systems.
- Replace mains-fed water with grey or rain water.
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