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New Homes Pilot Program

Photo of the first WaterSense labeled new home

First WaterSense labeled new home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University City Magazine recently profiled the first family to move into a home built to the Single-Family New Home Specification. For more information, please read the article (3 pp, 1.4MB, About PDF).

In August 2008, WaterSense launched the New Homes Pilot Program. Seven builders are participating in the pilot program and have committed to building at least one new home that meets EPA's Draft Single-Family New Home Specification:

  • Vanguard Homes; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Aspen Homes of Colorado; Windsor, Colorado
  • Cleantech Homes; Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Dorn Homes; Tubac, Arizona
  • EcoStar Custom Homes; Houston, Texas
  • Nappier and Turner Construction Company; Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Tim O'Brien Homes, Inc.; Waukesha, Wisconsin
Photo of a bathroom

Bathroom in the first WaterSense labeled new home

Vanguard Homes unveiled the first new home to meet EPA's draft criteria for water efficiency and performance in November 2008. Houses built to the draft new homes specification include WaterSense labeled toilets and bathroom faucets and ENERGY STAR labeled appliances and other water-efficient features indoors, as well as water-efficient landscaping outdoors. WaterSense labeled homes are built to use 20 percent less water than conventional new homes.

With the release of the Final Single-Family New Homes Specification, builders across the country can apply to earn the WaterSense label for their new homes. Homeowners who purchase a WaterSense labeled new home can save more than 10,000 gallons of water per year in addition to significant energy and financial savings from using less hot water.

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