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First WaterSense labeled new home - Chapel Hill, North Carolina



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First WaterSense labeled new home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Vanguard Homes, one of seven builders participating in the WaterSense New Homes pilot program, has completed the first new home to meet EPA's draft new homes criteria for water efficiency and performance. The home, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, features WaterSense labeled toilets and faucets and ENERGY STAR labeled appliances inside, as well as water-efficient landscaping outdoors.

WaterSense released a draft labeling specification for water-efficient, single-family new homes in May 2008; while EPA is finalizing the specification, a select group of pilot builders from around the country agreed to build new homes to the draft specification.

Vanguard Homes is the first builder to complete construction of a home meeting the draft specification, only months after the pilot's official launch in August 2008. This home, and others built to the WaterSense draft specification, will use 20 percent less water than conventional new homes.

In addition to demonstrating the benefits of WaterSense labeled products, the builders are helping EPA test the process for inspecting and certifying new homes to receive the WaterSense label. EPA expects builders to complete homes to the draft specification and report on the results of the WaterSense New Homes pilot program in early 2009. Results will shape the final WaterSense New Homes program.

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Bathroom in the first WaterSense labeled new home
Once the specification is finalized, builders across the country will be able to earn the WaterSense label for new homes certified to the specification. Homeowners who purchase a WaterSense labeled new home can save more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, as well as realize significant energy and financial savings due to the reduced amount of hot water used. Residential water use accounts for more than half of publicly supplied water in the United States.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/9/2009
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