The Better Buildings Partnership (BPP) has developed best practice cooling tower guidelines to assist building owners and property managers manage water consumption.

The new guidelines include a number of water management tools and processes that can be used to better manage cooling tower systems.

“Using these tools will promote comparable data, clearly articulated accountabilities and transparent reporting processes,” according to the guidelines.

“Robust cooling tower management programs require clear contracts and defined lines of responsibilities.

“A number of model contract clauses have been developed to assist with this process. A range of related tools that collectively form a cooling tower water management plan are also described and documented.

“The tools can be used as a set or as enhancements to supplement your current water management systems.”

The guidelines do not assume that all buildings will operate in the same way. Instead, a framework is provided.

“Each organisation can choose its priorities, level of service and reporting based upon internal needs and requirements. The guidelines simply seek to provide a common set of measures, a transparent method of comparing performance and a mechanism to iteratively improve performance over time.”

The BBP is a collaboration of leading property owners and managers working to improve the performance and sustainability of existing buildings in Sydney and across Australia.
It was created in partnership with the City of Sydney.

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) said it is committed to continuous improvement in the management of cooling tower systems with particular focus on water consumption and overall water efficiency.

“The BBP hopes that by working together as an industry we can drive better standards, improve industry benchmarking and increase positive outcomes from cooling tower water management activities.”

Sydney CBD commercial office buildings are estimated to consume in the order of 200 million litres of water per year – that’s enough to fill up 80 Olympic swimming pools.

Cooling towers are typically the most significant water consumer in a commercial office building, often consuming up to 50% of total building annual water use.




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