Sustainable Water Management in Buildings

  • S. VilčekováEmail author
  • E. Krídlová Burdová
  • I. Selecká
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 70)


A significant number of building sustainability assessment methods and tools have been developed over the past two decades. Sustainability assessment of buildings means an evaluation of environmental, social and economic aspects and indicators respecting technical and functional characteristics of buildings to design and construction of sustainable buildings. There are many tools for sustainability assessment of buildings used over the world such as LEED, BREEAM, Green Globes, SBTool, CASBEE, etc. This chapter is aimed at introducing the building environmental assessment system (BEAS) which has been developed at the Technical University of Košice. The Slovak system was developed on the base of existing systems and methods used in many countries. The BEAS includes a number of environmental, social and cultural factors. The indicators were proposed according to the analysis of building performance as well as on the base of experimental experiences. The primary fields are building site and project planning, building construction, indoor environment, energy performance, water management and waste management. Water management in buildings is presented here as a critical issue for achieving the sustainable buildings. Indicators of water management are reduction and regulation of water flow in water systems with the weight of 42.3%, surface water run-off with the weight of 12.2%, drinking water supply with the weight of 22.7% and using filtration of grey water (GW) with the weight of 22.7%.


Building Sustainability assessment Water management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Vilčeková
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. Krídlová Burdová
    • 1
  • I. Selecká
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Environmental EngineeringTechnical University of KošiceKošiceSlovakia

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