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Innovation: WaterSense for new homes

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Homes-v2008 Former Pilot Credit WEpc32: Innovation 1 point

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Intent

To improve the overall water efficiency of the home by completing an approved bundle of water efficiency measures that are third-party verified by a water efficiency expert.

Requirements

Case 1. Single family

Complete all of the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes.

Case 2: Multi-Family & mid-rise

Meet all of the following:

  • All fixtures and fittings must meet the Water-Efficiency Criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes
  • Hot Water Delivery System – To minimize water wasted while waiting for hot water, the hot water distribution system shall be field tested to store no more than
    0.5 gallons (1.9 liters) of water in any piping/manifold between the hot water source and any hot water fixture. For projects with central water heating systems that serve multiple units, store no more than 0.5 gallons of water in any piping/manifold between the common hot water line and any hot water fixture.
  • Meet the Outdoor Water-Efficiency Criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes
  • Meet the performance testing requirements of WaterSense for New Homes, which include field verifying that all faucets and shower heads are performing at or below their rated volume, building water pressure is below 60 psi, no leaks are detectable in the plumbing supply system, and toilets are not leaking
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To improve the overall water efficiency of the home by completing an approved bundle of water efficiency measures that are third-party verified by a water efficiency expert.

Requirements

Case 1. Single family

Complete all of the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes.

Case 2: Multi-Family & mid-rise

Meet all of the following:

  • All fixtures and fittings must meet the Water-Efficiency Criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes
  • Hot Water Delivery System – To minimize water wasted while waiting for hot water, the hot water distribution system shall be field tested to store no more than
    0.5 gallons (1.9 liters) of water in any piping/manifold between the hot water source and any hot water fixture. For projects with central water heating systems that serve multiple units, store no more than 0.5 gallons of water in any piping/manifold between the common hot water line and any hot water fixture.
  • Meet the Outdoor Water-Efficiency Criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Specification for Single-Family New Homes
  • Meet the performance testing requirements of WaterSense for New Homes, which include field verifying that all faucets and shower heads are performing at or below their rated volume, building water pressure is below 60 psi, no leaks are detectable in the plumbing supply system, and toilets are not leaking
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