Sustainability managers around the world are working hard to make their companies future-proof. But efforts to reduce their impact on the environment have mostly overlooked water efficiency, even though water costs are the largest individual cost of property management. Focusing on water efficiency is not just an environmentally responsible strategy, it’s a sound business decision. And it starts with understanding your water consumption.
By measuring and analyzing the water use in your properties, you’ll get a thorough understanding of your consumption. How much do you use and when? With real-time monitoring, you can analyze the data up to the minute, and be alerted to leaks as soon as they happen. But that’s not all. Here are 5 reasons why every sustainability manager should measure their portfolio’s water consumption:
1. Maintaining the value of your buildings
The increase in water scarcity can directly affect your properties. By land subsidence taking its toll on foundations and facades, more stringent government rules and regulations implemented to deal with shortages and drought and higher sustainability demands from your investors. If you don’t keep up, the value of your buildings is at risk.
2. Scoring points for your certifications
For sustainability certifications like GRESB and BREEAM, focusing on water efficiency will help you score valuable extra points. Real-time monitoring, automated leak detection, regular reports – they all help you reach that coveted next level and stand out amongst competitors.
3. Preventing waste
Not only does monitoring your water consumption help you gain insight into how much you’re using and whether there are leaks in your system, but it allows you to spot excessive use. By figuring out when and where you’re wasting water, you can prevent unnecessarily high water bills and reduce the strain on natural resources.
4. Doing your part to combat scarcity
The responsible use of natural resources benefits us all. By reducing consumption and preventing waste, you can contribute to a future where access to clean water is not a luxury, but a reality for everyone.
5. Mitigating rising costs
As a consequence of climate change, a continuously growing population, pollution and waste, our water resources are dwindling. And when something’s scarce, it becomes more expensive. By monitoring your consumption and implementing a water efficiency strategy, you can anticipate those rising costs and save money for your company.
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