BREEAM is currently the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for assessing, rating and certifying buildings and recognises the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle.
It provides a sustainability rating based on a buildings environmental performance assessed against a series of credit issues within ten key principle categories. Water being one of them.
BREEAM Water is included in New construction, BREEAM in Use and Refurbishment and Fitout and encourages sustainable water use in the operation of the building and its site. Issues in this section focus on identifying means of reducing potable water consumption (internal and external) over the lifetime of the building and minimising losses through leaks.
WAT02 Water Monitoring
Aim: To ensure water consumption can be monitored and managed and therefore encourage reductions in water consumption.
WAT03 Water leak detection
Aim: To reduce the consumption of potable water in new buildings through minimising wastage due to water leaks. Water leaks in building systems are responsible for major damage to property resulting in major disruption and costs. It is, therefore, important to ensure that water leaks are detected and controlled on a building level as early as possible.
For detailed information on the technical standards and assessment criteria visit the BREEAM website.
Pressure is increasing on developers and builders to show a commitment to building a sustainable development. The importance of understanding BREEAM and its requirements is becoming a necessity to enable clients, designers, developers and contractors to understand and plan for the costs involved and start to tailor their designs to the needs of each issue in order to economically achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating.
Implement: The Waterguard Series 7 range of BREEAM water leak detections systems are fully BREEAM compliant and include the WAT02 internal water monitoring and leak detection system, WAT03 major leak detection system and the range of Waterguard PIR Water Supply Isolator Systems. These systems enable our clients to manage and mitigate risk from construction through to commissioning, operation and occupation, helping to lower running costs.
For further information or to discuss a certain project please call 01226 244200 to speak with a dedicated expert. Each client is appointed a dedicated project manager who will ensure complete BREEAM compliance for the individual development ensuring maximum water credits.