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Berg, J B, Thuesen, C, Ernstsen, S K and Jensen, P A (2021) Reconfiguring the construction value chain: analysing key sources of friction in the business model archetypes of AEC companies in strategic partnerships. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 533–48.

Crawford, R H and Pullen, S (2011) Life cycle water analysis of a residential building and its occupants. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 589–602.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: embodied water; household consumption; life cycle water analysis; residential buildings; water consumption
  • URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09613218.2011.584212
  • Abstract:
    Reduced water consumption is one of the objectives of many towns and cities as part of the trend towards more sustainable settlements. Information on comprehensive water usage is required for formulating conservation and management strategies. Whilst buildings are directly responsible for only 12% of global water consumption, they can indirectly account for a much more significant proportion of total water demand due to the production of construction materials as well as the goods and services purchased by their occupants. This paper analyses both direct and indirect water consumption of a conventional Australian residential building and its occupants over a 50-year period. Input-output analysis is used to comprehensively determine total water usage. The results show that the direct water consumption to operate the house is only 6.4% of the total, with a further proportion embodied in the materials of the dwelling. The water embodied in consumable items, especially food, is the most significant, representing 46% of total household water demand. Policies for minimizing water consumption should address more than just direct water usage and the findings used to influence the design of urban living in the future.

Ershadi, M, Jefferies, M, Davis, P and Mojtahedi, M (2021) Project management offices in the construction industry: a literature review and qualitative synthesis of success variables. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 493–512.

Forster, A M, Carter, K, Banfill, P F G and Kayan, B (2011) Green maintenance for historic masonry buildings: an emerging concept. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 654–64.

Godoy-Shimizu, D, Armitage, P, Steemers, K and Chenvidyakarn, T (2011) Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify schools' energy consumption. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 535–52.

Jay, I and Bowen, P (2011) What residents value in low-cost housing schemes: some South African concepts. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 574–88.

Jensen, J S, Gottlieb, S C and Thuesen, C L (2011) Construction sector development: frames and governance responses. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 665–77.

Jeschke, K N, Waldorff, S B, Dyreborg, J, Kines, P and Ajslev, J Z N (2021) Complaining about occupational safety and health: a barrier for collaboration between managers and workers on construction sites. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 459–74.

Kordi, N E, Belayutham, S and Che Ibrahim, C K I (2021) Mapping of social sustainability attributes to stakeholders’ involvement in construction project life cycle. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 513–32.

Lucke, T and Beecham, S (2011) Field investigation of clogging in a permeable pavement system. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 603–15.

Pryke, S D, Zagkli, G and Kougia, I (2011) Resource provision ego-networks in small Greek construction firms. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 616–36.

Sigrid Nordby, A (2011) Carbon reductions and building regulations: the case of Norwegian mountain cabins. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 553–65.

Silva, A, Dias, J L, Gaspar, P L and de Brito, J (2011) Service life prediction models for exterior stone cladding. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 637–53.

Stafford, A (2011) Long-term monitoring and performance of ground source heat pumps. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 566–73.

Zhang, R P and Bowen, P (2021) Work-family role blurring and conflict among South African construction professionals. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 475–92.