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A preliminary sustainability assessment of innovative rainwater harvesting for residential properties in the UK

Melville-Shreeve, Peter; Ward, Sarah; Butler, David

Authors

Peter Melville-Shreeve

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Dr Sarah Ward Sarah10.Ward@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Community Resilience (within CFCR)

David Butler



Abstract

Rainwater harvesting (RWH) has yet to see significant uptake in UK households, primarily due to a lack of innovation in residential RWH system types. This paper presents the results of preliminary investigations into a range of traditional and innovative residential-scale RWH systems. These systems are examined using a patent application search, informal interviews with industry professionals, cost-benefit analysis and a simple multi criteria analysis (MCA). The latter examines the sustainability of the systems, based on a priori social, economic and environmental criteria. Two of the innovative systems are subject to a more detailed analysis and benchmarked against a traditional system. Results of the MCA indicate that the innovative RWH systems achieve better sustainability scores than the traditional RWH with a lower capital cost. Further research is focused on monitoring the identified systems to generate empirical datasets, in order to undertake the WLC/LCAs and to identify challenges associated with installation. © Copyright.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Southeast University (English Edition)
Print ISSN 1003-7985
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 135-142
APA6 Citation Melville-Shreeve, P., Ward, S., & Butler, D. (2014). A preliminary sustainability assessment of innovative rainwater harvesting for residential properties in the UK. https://doi.org/10.3969...n.1003-7985.2014.02.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1003-7985.2014.02.001
Keywords innovation, multi criteria analysis, rainwater harvesting, residential, sustainability, water efficiency
Publisher URL http://doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1003-7985.2014.02.001
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