What’s the Water Footprint of Your Architecture Project?
As awareness of water scarcity, water stress and environmental sustainability grows around the world, the concept of “water footprint” is becoming increasingly relevant. Unlike its more popular cousin, “carbon footprint“, which focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, the water footprint (WF) provides a holistic view of water used throughout the life cycle of a product, process, or activity. It measures the amount of water consumed (directly and indirectly) and polluted –taking into account different types of water resources– and serves as a valuable tool for companies, policymakers, and individuals to understand and address their water-related impacts. There are even online calculators that measure our individual footprints through simple questions about our homes, appliances and even eating habits.