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Water Reuse and Efficiency in Buildings Network (WReN) - WT0943

This project will carry out an independent review of WAAQ's R&D Programme so as to assess opportunities to improve the way the department plans, commissions, manages and disseminates science & evidence.

Water Efficiency in Buildings Network:

The promotion of water efficiency measures in buildings is considered vital to the Department’s objective of ensuring a sustainable supply and demand balance which takes into account the impending pressures of an increasing demand and the potential impacts of climate change.
As part of the efforts to address this question, the Water Resources (WSr) Team set up a fellowship agreement with EPSRC to enhance knowledge on technological and infrastructure processes for optimising water supply and waste systems in buildings and urban environments; during the fellowship, the proposal for the creation of a platform of experts to explore at the barriers and opportunities for improving water efficiency in buildings was created.
The network will utilise a holistic approach to develop collaboration from consumers, policy makers, academia/research and industry to increase awareness and achieve technological change and socio-behavioural change. The network will assess how best to provide information and deploy technologies in buildings based on a sound understanding of distributive social tendencies.

The main aim of the network is to promote a systemic, synthesised research-led approach to improving water efficiency in buildings. Specific objectives include:
• Improve the transference and realisation cycles from proposed solutions to implementation: promoting the relationship between policy makers, academia and industry for advancing user-led water efficiency solutions
• Co-create knowledge on how to achieve transformational (long-term) adaptive change in building professionals, providers and consumers
• Develop frameworks for co-creating value through customer/household profiles, professional/industry engagement, and technological performance
• Develop strategies to deploy integrated policy, customer and market driven measures which will facilitate sustained adoption of technological interventions in buildings
• Develop strategies for measuring and communicating the effectiveness of proposed policy measures in a usable yet comprehensive manner
• Consumer-led, co-created processes, systems and measures to stimulate technological delivery and behaviour change on water resource issues
• A structured, robust evidence base to facilitate adaptive, ‘learning’ and evolving approach to water policies and regulations
• Tested policy recommendations that are innovative, proactive, and which facilitate ownership, responsibility and transparency for long term improvements in water efficiency in buildings.

This project covers areas of water supply that will support the the Department’s policy priorities towards a sustainable food production and the promotion of a green economy resilient to climate change. The initiative also responds the request from Defra’s Evidence Investment Strategy to encourage behaviour change towards the adoption of sustainable measures by the public.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £162,157
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Brighton
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Water quality monitoring