BREEAM is the leading and most widely-used environmental assessment method for rating and certifying buildings – done by recognising the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle.

BREEAM provides a sustainability rating based on a structure’s environmental performance across ten key principal categories, water being one.

BREEAM Water encourages sustainable water use in the operation of buildings and wider sites, namely by identifying means of reducing potable consumption (internal and external) over the structure’s lifecycle, and minimising losses through leaks.

For detailed information on the technical standards and assessment criteria, visit the BREEAM website.

An understanding of BREEAM and its requirements is becoming a necessity for clients, designers, developers, and contractors. If they are to properly estimate project costs and achieve the highest possible rating, it’s vital to tailor designs accordingly.

WAT02 Water monitoring

Aim: To ensure water consumption can be monitored and managed in a way which encourages residents to be mindful of their usage.

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WAT03 Water leak detection

Aim: To reduce the consumption of water in new buildings by minimising wastage due to leaks. Such faults are largely responsible for major damage to property and often result in significant disruption and costs.


The Waterguard Series 7 is a well-established system which provides complete BREEAM compliance – covering both WAT02 internal water monitoring and leak detection systems alongside WAT03 major leak detection.

Combined with our range of Waterguard PIR Water Supply Isolators, these systems enable to manage and mitigate risk from construction through to commissioning, operation and occupation – helping to lower running costs while offering maximum BREEAM credits.

For further information, or to discuss a certain project please call 01226 244200 to speak with one of our experts. You’ll be appointed a dedicated project manager who will ensure complete BREEAM compliance for the individual development.

Net Zero Carbon

Around 6% of the UKs total greenhouse gas emissions are from household water supply and use and 1/5 of this is wasted. Modest reductions in household water use of 5-6% can deliver annual emissions savings of around 1.3 MtCO2e. This is easily achieved with the use of the Waterguard range of residential water leak detection systems to reduce water waste and carbon emissions combining monitoring and automatic water isolation.

A lot of energy is used pumping, treating and heating water, therefore the reduction of water wastage can considerably reduce carbon emissions, and the technology is already available in the home and at work to conserve water and reduce wastage.

Every little helps. At Waterguard we are the only manufacturer to use latching solenoid valves in all of our systems. A great energy saving option as compared to a standard NC/NO solenoid valve. Whereas the standard solenoid valve requires constant power to operate, our latching valves only require a burst of power to operate then the built-in magnet at the top of valve holds it in position.


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