MASTER'S PRACTICUM: Determining the Water Baseline for the Ann Arbor 2030 District
There are currently no established national benchmark averages for water use consumption in buildings. This leaves local governments and districts to create their own methods for establishing a water baseline. One metric for setting a water baseline is water use intensity (WUI), which is calculated by dividing water used in a building by building floor area. Water use intensity is a useful metric for municipalities because they can be used to set water use reduction goals and assess progress towards them in the future. As local governments and municipalities are determining the best way to establish their water baselines, this work examines the Ann Arbor 2030 District and the process used to gather the data necessary for establishing a water baseline.