I promised some posts on the environmental benefits of Brent Council's new Civic Centre, so here is one about water conservation. This subject doesn't exactly hit the headlines, but our planning guidelines give a lot of attention to it, and the effects of climate change are likely to make it more and more important as time goes on.
All large planning applications are asked to consider sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) to reduce surface water flooding , and the Civic Centre was no exception. The Civic Centre also uses rainwater harvesting, low water use plumbing and grey water recycling to further reduce water use.
All this is in the public domain, but never mentioned by the building's critics.