The Best Management Practice Guides on Building Water Use Efficiency are constituted by different topical volumes that seek to reduce the usage of water in the following areas:
Each volume follows the same logical structure: First, the relevance of reducing water use in this specific building type is highlighted and explained. Subsequently, several best management practices are explained, and a method of calculating the cost-effectiveness of selected management practices is offered. Following this, alternative water sources and enabling tools for the best management practices are presented. Each volume concludes with a water saving checklist covering the relevant area.
Generally, the volumes are oriented towards municipalities, businesses and NGOs to help them reduce their water and advocate for less water usage in a more informed way.
As many other regions bordering the Mediterranean, Jordan is facing a chronic water shortage amidst a growing impact of climate change on the region. Given that Jordan has started exploring reducing water consumption in the 1970s, it has developed substantial expertise on the topic which might be beneficial for other Mediterranean regions that have only recently begun to explore the concepts.
Centre for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), Amman, Jordan
Arabic & English