Assessment methodologies for water efficiency in buildings

Dexter Robinson, Oluwakemi Adeyeye

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Assessment methodologies and supporting tools are developed and distributed by the green building council in the respective countries to define and measure the extent to which buildings and associated developments are sustainable. The assessment methods utilise a number of indicators such as energy, water and material consumption as well as social and economic variables. This chapter reviews the BREEAM (UK), LEED (USA), Greenstar (Australia), HK-BEAM, (Hong Kong) and CASBEE (Japan) building energy assessment methodologies. The discussion includes a brief overview of each assessment methodologies and explores key components such as management provisions, energy consumption, indoor environment, local transportation network, water supply and usage, materials, waste management, land use, ecology and pollution from the buildings. The chapter then explores the water efficiency provisions in each tool highlighting the specificities and influences on the evolution and provisions for water efficiency based on the political, social, economic, environmental and technological context of the country or region where there are deployed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater efficiency in buildings: theory and practice
EditorsK. Adeyeye
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781118456576
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2014


  • assessment methodologies
  • BEAM
  • Greenstar
  • LEED
  • water efficiency


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