Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Important changes pending for EPA WaterSense "New Home Specifications"

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WaterSense is announcing its intent to modify certain aspects of the WaterSense single-family new homes specification. WaterSense periodically revisits its specifications and may modify or revise the specification as new information becomes available, new technologies come to market or market conditions change. WaterSense believes there is an opportunity to expand program water savings by taking advantage of improvements in construction forecasts for the multi-family housing sector.

With this notification of intent (NOI), WaterSense outlines several modifications to the specification currently under consideration including: expanding the scope of the specification so that some types of multi-family buildings will qualify for the WaterSense label, modifying the landscape design options, and addressing other minor technical issues.

In addition to describing the potential modifications, the NOI describes technical issues that still need to be more fully defined and resolved. If you have comments, information or suggestions on these issues please contact us at: watersense-homes@erg.com. Currently, WaterSense is only considering modifications to the issues outlined in the NOI. To view the NOI, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense/nhspecs/homes_final.html.

For any questions regarding the WaterSense program in general, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or e-mail watersense@epa.gov.

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