When it comes to home improvements, residents are constantly on the lookout for ways to maximise the energy efficiency of their properties. The same can be said for commercial spaces too – with already stretched budgets calling for a need to curb costs, and a growing environmental responsibility leading to greater green endeavours, too.

Here, Waterguard’s managing director and leak detection specialist, Claire Mason, explores why maintenance in already constructed buildings is key to responsible water usage, and why roadmaps will be key to meeting evolving requirements, in 2023…

When we think of carbon emissions, our minds are often drawn to the excess consumption of resources such as light and heat. And, knowing the significance of unsustainable manufacturing processes and low energy efficiency products, we’re right to think this way.

But overlooked far too often, is the carbon footprint of water. Involving a hugely resource-intensive process — which results in a large volume of carbon emissions — the treatment and delivery of this element has a major impact on our planet. As such, you’d be forgiven for thinking that collective respect is given to its preservation.

The ugly truth is, water efficiency in both commercial and residential buildings — during design and construction phases, and later down the line with maintenance considerations — is constantly on the back foot.

According to a recent article by City AM, leaky pipes are responsible for around 2.4bn litres of water being lost every day across the UK. And without adequate infrastructure investment, as well as more conscious usage, this is a statistic that is only going to grow in severity.

How can retrofitting help manage water usage?

Water sustainability is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world right now. And with our critical resources dwindling so rapidly, it comes as no surprise that the United Nation’s (UN’s) sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is dedicated to this very topic. 

Defined as “ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all people”, it places emphasis on improved water quality, use efficiency, and sustainable abstractions of freshwater.

Of course, maintaining high industry standards will lay the foundations of these endeavours, However, it’s important that we each do our bit on a ‘lower level’ too. At present, 28 million homes are responsible for around 15% of the UK’s carbon emissions, according to the Climate Change Committee. Unless we make our own properties more energy efficient, the mission to deliver the UK’s ambitious net zero targets will remain far out of reach.

Retrofitting offers a much-needed step in the right direction — referring to the act of fitting new systems designed for high energy efficiency and low consumption, to buildings that have previously been built.

By improving the sustainability stance of facilities and tapping into sophisticated leak detection technology more specifically, homeowners, landlords, and facilities managers can drive great collective momentum. Identifying areas of concern with intuitive flow monitoring, and pinpointing the source of a problem, means action can be taken before it’s too late. 

Reducing consumption of potable water through effective management, Waterguard’s state-of-the-art systems are able to identify leaks — both internally and from the site boundary. And with user-specific requirements able to be inputted, they offer a truly tailored solution for varying sites and circumstances too.

The role of roadmaps 

With so many elements feeding into the ultimate sustainability strategy, knowing where to start can feel like a challenge. That’s why, in the bid to make our buildings greener and navigate evolving net zero ambitions, feeding micro-activities into a long-term strategy is often the best solution. Every action feeds into a far greater picture, after all.

No matter which stage you’re at — whether you’re researching the most impactful home improvements, scoping the market for best-in-class products, or seeking more about the ‘why’ — it’s important to seek expert advice too.

With 14 years of industry experience, powered by a team of highly-trained and knowledgeable specialists, Waterguard is perfectly placed to talk you through leak detection requirements — from general BREEAM and CIREG compliance, to the choice, supply, installation, and commissioning of effective water leak detection equipment and conservation solutions. Get in touch, today.