NAHB Applauds EPA's New Water Program

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Washington, DC — A new voluntary water efficiency program that will build a national brand for technologies and practices aimed at conservation “is great news” for home builders and new home buyers, the National Association of Home Builders said last month (see related Editorial).

Patterned after the popular “ENERGY STAR” program that recognizes consumer products with superior energy efficiency, the new program – known as “WaterSense” – will identify products and services that use less water.

The ENERGY STAR program is administered by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA administrator Stephen Johnson officially launched the voluntary new water conservation guidelines at the recent annual conference of the American Water Works Association.

The new water guidelines are expected to give “green” home building product suppliers an additional benefit in both the new-construction and remodeling markets, and that should encourage increased consumer acceptance, said NAHB President David Pressly, a Statesville, NC builder.

“We know many home builders are looking for ways to build green, and that means much more than just energy efficiency,” Pressly said. “Green building includes paying close attention to resource conservation, and water certainly is an important resource.

“Home buyers can now choose from a number of innovative products – from low-flow showerheads to drip sprinkler systems and dual-flush toilets – that help them save water. A nationally branded program will entice more suppliers to offer resource-efficient solutions and allow home builders to stay ahead of consumer demand,” Pressly added.