Home Builders' Association applauds fed water program.A new voluntary water efficiency program that will build a national brand for technologies and practices that conserve this vital resource is great news for home builders and new home buyers, according to the National Association of Home Builders The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the association organizes one of the largest conventions in North America, The International Builders' Show, which draws more than (NAHB NAHB National Association of Home Builders
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n. administrator Stephen Johnson officially launched the voluntary guidelines at the annual conference of the American Water Works Association American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. It was founded in 1881 and, as of 2007, there are approximately 60,000 AWWA members world-wide. in San Antonio yesterday.
The new water guidelines are expected to give "green" home building suppliers an additional benefit in the marketplace--and that should encourage more consumer acceptance, said NAHB President David Pressly.
"We know many home builders are looking for ways to build green, and that means much more than just energy efficiency. Green building includes paying close attention to resource conservation, and water certainly is an important resource," Pressly said. First-time costs and payback times for green products influence consumer decisions as well. Home buyers can visit the NAHB Research Center The NAHB Research Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. Established in 1964, the center is a source for objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. at www.nahbrc.org and see comparisons.
"Home buyers can now choose from a number of innovative products--from low-flow showerheads to drip sprinkler systems and dual-flush toilets--that help them save water. A nationally branded program will entice more suppliers to offer resource-efficient solutions and allow home builders to stay ahead of consumer demand," Pressly said.
He added, "Our builders want to go green because it's the right thing to do, and a voluntary program gives more choices to the consumer. I hope that WaterSense will make it easier for our members to accomplish this goal."