BREEAM Water monitoring
 Aim and benefits
The aim of this credit is to ensure installation of water consumption monitoring and management. It helps to have a better overview of water consuming systems and devices located in the building, to identify potential faulty equipment and it can be used for water consumption benchmarks for both property managers and building users. It encourages reductions in water consumption.
 When to consider
RIBA Stages 3-4 (Developed Design-Technical Design)
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
- What water sources are considered for the building?
- Are all the water mains equipped with water meters?
- What types of water consuming systems will be installed?
- Will there be any tenancy areas or areas with a high water consumption, e.g. catering facilities, laboratories, swimming pools, car wash, irrigation?
- What is the predicted total building's water consumption?
- Will there be a BMS in the building?
 Tips and best practice
- Double-check that the evidence provided matches up to what you know is included in the building design and is streamlined with other pieces of evidence, e.g. if another piece of evidence shows a water feature on site, make sure this has adequate sub-metering for its scope.
- Sub-metering, in particular with connection to a BMS/energy monitoring and management system, tends to be automatically incorporated by designers into the design of a larger building. For smaller buildings or in some other cases there can be no benefit of additional water consumption sub-metering, see Step by step guidance above.
- Sub-meters aren't particularly expensive in the grand scheme of things.
- Appropriate metering schedule should be incorporated into the building to be able in a future achieve also the BREEAM In-Use energy monitoring issues credits without any additional cost for sub-metering improvement afterwards.
 Typical evidence
 Design Stage Evidence
A schematic/layout drawings for water distribution within the developed area. It should indicate meters on each water supply (incl. boreholes or other private water source), sub-meters on the supply to each tenant area and/or water consuming system.
Technical data sheets, or annotations detailing that each water meter (main and sub) has a pulsed or other open protocol communication output enabling connection to an appropriate utility monitoring and management system (usually BMS) and confirmation that the meters are identifiable to building users (e.g. labelling).
Calculation of the total building's water consumption, with all sub-metered devices/areas listed and if any for areas/systems that are not sub-metered confirmation the water consumption is less than 10% of building's water consumption. .
 Post Construction Stage Evidence
Ask the M&E engineers to check their Design Stage evidence prior to the site visit.
An as built issue of the schematics/layouts evidence to be provided, or confirmed by M&E designer there is no change from Design stage evidence.
On site - photographs of water meters and sub-meters, showing labelling/connection to the energy monitoring and management system. Where BMS present photos of the control station screen to demonstrate that the energy consuming systems are metered and labeled appropriately.
 Applicable Schemes
The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.
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- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
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 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance (ac)
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems (ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Sustainable transport measures
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities (ac)
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring (ac)
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
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- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
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- BREEAM Operational waste (ac)
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 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
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