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New Homes Background Information

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Final New Homes Specification (Version 1.1)

WaterSense released the Version 1.1 WaterSense New Home Specification on August 30, 2012. As of January 1, 2013, all homes must meet the requirements of Version 1.1 in order to earn the WaterSense label. For complete information, please visit the WaterSense Specification for New Homes page. Before the specification and other supporting documents were finalized, EPA released drafts for public comment. The drafts, public comments, EPA's response to public comment, and other background information are listed below.

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Draft New Homes Specification (Version 1.1)

On March 22, 2012, WaterSense issued a Draft New Homes Specification (Version 1.1) (PDF) (21 pp, 1MB) that modifies the Final Specification for Single-Family New Homes issued in 2009. The proposed modifications would expand the scope to enable homes in multi-family buildings to earn the label, update product requirements, and adjust landscape criteria.

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NOI to Modify the WaterSense Final Specification for Single-Family New Homes

On October 21, 2011, WaterSense released a Notification of Intent (PDF) (5 pp, 90K) to modify the Specification for Single Family New Homes, to gather comments on the proposed modifications, and information on the outstanding issues.

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New Homes Specification (Version 1.0)

Version 1.0 Final (Effective through December 31, 2012)

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Second Draft New Home Specification

WaterSense released a Second Draft of the Single-Family New Homes Specification on May 8, 2009.  Below is a list of documents relating to the second draft new homes specification:

EPA held two public meetings to discuss the Second Draft Single-Family New Home Specification on June 10, 2009 in Washington, DC and on June 22, 2009 via webinar. For more information, please see the public meeting summary (PDF) (26 pp, 276K) and the public meeting presentation (PDF) (25 pp, 532K).

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First Draft New Home Specification

EPA released the original WaterSense Draft Specification (first draft) for Single-Family New Homes on May 22, 2008.

EPA held an online public meeting to discuss the First Draft Single-Family New Home Specification on June 18, 2008. For more information, please see the public meeting summary (PDF) (26pp, 276K).

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Draft Landscape Water Budget Tool

EPA released the final Landscape Water Budget tool on December 10, 2009.  EPA released a draft Water Budget tool on November 20, 2008. This tool supports Section 4.1.1 of the WaterSense Single-Family New Home Specification.

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New Homes Certification System

WaterSense New Home Certification System (Version 1.1)

To correspond with the revisions to Version 1.1 WaterSense New Home Specification, EPA made minor revisions to the WaterSense New Home Certification System (Version 1.1) (PDF) (27 pp, 471K).  For more information on the WaterSense New Home Certification System, visit the New Homes Inspection and Certification page.

WaterSense New Home Certification System (Version 1.0)

EPA released the Final New Homes Certification System (PDF) (26 pp, 156K) on June 25, 2009. EPA released a draft of the New Homes Certification System on December 18, 2008.

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