California builders adapt to water conservation regulations

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Homebuilders in California are adapting to strict water conservation regulations to ensure homeowners and local water districts don't violate the rules.

FEATURES


Super stingy toilets cut water use with each flush

Wherever water is at a premium, high efficiency toilets can help reduce water use.

Why touch your kitchen faucet when you don’t have to?

You can stop wasting water and improve hygiene with hands-free technology for kitchen faucets.

Swimming pools, golf courses and car washes, oh my!

You can hardly miss the news of the expanding effects of the drought in California and other areas in the Southwest. All businesses and homeowners in the region are affected.

Study: US states uses twice the resources and services that nature can provide

The United States has busted its annual ecological budget, utilizing more resources and services than U.S. ecosystems can regenerate within the full year.

US-made tankless water heater offers commercial grade for residential use

Tankless water heaters are among the most efficient models on the market, and one company is delivering made in the USA options for homeowners.

Water heater regulation changes: good for consumers and our planet

As of April 16, new water heaters must abide by the Department of Energy’s updated energy efficiency standards.

21st century plumbing efficiency for new home construction

Structured Plumbing® is a state-of-the-art plumbing design specifically for hot water lines in new home construction. It is designed to provide hot water within 5 seconds with the push of a LED lighted button.

Energy Star rated dishwashers clean quietly

Research shows that noise is the top factor for consumers when choosing a dishwasher.

Water, energy, and the potential to save billions

The entire process of getting hot water through a house from a centralized water heater and the associated plumbing consumes a substantial amount of water and energy.

California jurisdictions launch HERO Program to conserve water and energy

HERO financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.

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NEWS


Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

NAHB’s 2016 The New American Home will have whole home water filtration

The National Association of Home Builders’ The New American Home 2016 will feature a whole home water filtration system from Environmental Water Systems.

Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will use wastewater heat recovery system

The energy consumed to make hot water is the second largest cost on most utility bills, and showering is typically the single most energy intensive activity that people engage in at home.

Top home technology for 2015

From interactive cooktops, to hologram entertainment the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

On-demand hot water pump cuts water and energy waste in high performance home

With record droughts in some parts of the country, water conservation now receives as much focus as energy savings.

New tips to cut household water use in half

For drought-plagued Californians, saving water is a necessity. But it’s also a pretty good idea for all Americans.

New Zero Energy Ready development rising in Arizona

The 27 homes in the North Phoenix Vision Hill community will be Zero Energy ready and offer a number of green features.

Find out how much hot water you waste every day

Take a few minutes to collect data about hot water waste in your home, and you could be drinking Starbucks for free while helping shape hot water use research.

High performance homebuilder developing homes for pro athletes

Could a green home help a pro athlete dunk more or catch more touchdown passes? One Chicago builder – a former pro athlete himself – will build high performance homes with a money back guarantee.

Contemporary spa bathrooms leading 2015 bathroom trends

Contemporary, zen-like retreats have strengthened their hold on North American bathroom design, according to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

After new law, grid-enabled tank water heaters are coming to market

With the legislative provision for manufacturers to produce larger tank water heaters for utility programs, more products are coming to market.

Permeable pavers reduce stormwater pollution

Driveways and parking lots can be made significantly eco-friendlier with the installation of permeable systems.

Californians switching to artificial grass to battle drought

With mandates to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping, California residents are looking for good alternatives to traditional grass.

3 things contractors should know about new water heaters

Under the new regulations that took effect April 16, 2015, water-heating options for contractors of new and existing homes will vary dramatically.

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Save natural resources and utility costs with the latest water-saving devices on the market. Low-flow toilets, faucets, showers and other green products help you reduce water usage in the home. Look here, too, for water-saving tips for the family.