Habitat for Humanity homes are saving water
Owners of new Habitat for Humanity homes value green technology and sustainable products as much as any other homeowner does. Many manufacturers offer discounts on their products for Habitat homes, as the organization has served more than 600,000 families worldwide. Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., has 1,500 affiliates in the United States alone.
At regional Habitat conferences, several hundred vendors and interested parties gather to educate each other and learn about sustainable practices and products. Larry Acker, owner of Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, attends a regional conference every quarter and is one of the presenters at the Oregon conference each year. He shares his knowledge of how to save both water and energy with the electronically controlled pump he invented, the ACT D’MAND Kontrols system, which distributes hot water on demand, working with any new or existing plumbing.
“We educate the Habitat organization so they know how to plumb the system correctly,” Acker said. Offering a sustainable product is a great thing, but training the Habitat volunteers to install the pumping system correctly ensures that a new homeowner will get the full benefit of what the ACT D’MAND pump does.
“In my experiences of traveling across country, they’re by and far the most well-built sustainable homes,” Acker said of the Habitat organization. “They do all the right things.”
Habitat for Humanity volunteer builders are known for not just meeting code requirements, but exceeding them, particularly with products that fall into the category of energy ratings. It’s not cost-cutting but sustainability that motivates these homes to be built so well. The organization and the new homeowners it serves want a home to last for generations.
ACT D’MAND pump systems have been installed in 1,000 Habitat homes over the past 15 years, including all of the Habitat homes in Orange County, Calif. The ACT D’MAND product saves more than 7,000 gallons of water per year, per home, and between 800 to 1,200 kilowatt-hours of energy each year, all at a cost of less than one dollar annually to operate. ACT D’MAND Kontrols pumping systems are Energy-Star approved. The system also extends the life of an existing water heater by 20 percent or more.
About the sponsor: ACT D’MAND Kontrols® and Structured Plumbing® are registered marks of Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc., a family business based in Costa Mesa, Calif. ACT D’MAND Kontrols Systems are made in America and sold through wholesale plumbing supply houses and national representative groups. The company has distribution throughout the U.S. and six other countries. For more information, visit www.gothotwater.com.
Companies: ACT D'MAND Systems
Larry Acker Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www