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Codes Are Last Obstacle to Wider Use of Graywater in Homes

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Apr 12, 2016 12:07:10 PM

Graywater makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?

Today, the technology and know-how exists to take graywater from washing machines and showers—as well as rainwater collected from roofs—and use that water to flush toilets and irrigate landscapes. That same water can be brought back into the house, treated, and used yet again. It makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?

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Mandatory HERS Rating?

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Mar 8, 2016 12:22:26 PM

RESNET's move to make the HERS Index a third compliance path to the IECC takes them from the safe shallow waters of working with builders to the more treacherous depths of actually regulating them. Beware unintended consequences.

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ICC Announces Theme for 2016 Building Safety Month

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Feb 1, 2016 2:57:46 PM

ICC's 36th Annual Celebration Will Focus on Economic Growth and Innovation

The International Code Council’s (ICC) theme for 2016 Building Safety Month, a public safety awareness campaign celebrated in May, is Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety.

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RESNET Releases Consumer Video Explaining HERS Index

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 16, 2015 4:28:34 PM

Home Buyer Resource Makes Great Marketing Fodder

While consumers are becoming more aware of green building codes and the importance of energy efficiency, they may not clearly understand all the labels when they are house shopping.

If you market your homes with the HERS Index, share this video from RESNET to prospective home buyers to make sure they understand why they should care about the HERS rating of their new home.

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New Code Resource for Water Efficiency

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Nov 19, 2015 1:14:34 PM

Water-related code and standard requirements will help communities conserve water.  

The International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE have partnered to publish 2015 WEP: Water Efficiency Provisions of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The publication is the most complete code resource on water conservation and efficiency. It includes water-related IgCC provisions to support jurisdictions facing critical water challenges and drought.

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