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FLORIDA WATER STARSM


CRITERIA


Here’s a sample of just a few ways a home or business earns points toward Water Star certification. A good rule of thumb is Energy Star for all appliances and WaterSense for all fixtures.


> Pipes/Hoses. All appliance water supply connections are reinforced metal or poly-braided hoses.


> Toilets. All are high-efficiency, 1.28 gallons/flush, with a UNAR MaP rating above 350 grams per flush. WaterSense-labeled toilets comply.


> Showerheads. Have a flow rate of 2 gallons/minute or less. WaterSense-labeled comply. A house loses points for mul- tiple showerheads, but may still achieve certification in some cases.


> Lavatory Sink Faucets. Bath faucets have flow rates of 1.5 gal- lons/minute or less. WaterSense- labeled faucets comply.


> Dishwashers. Acceptable models use less than 5.8 gallons per cycle. Energy Star models comply.


> Clothes Washers. Water Star-compliant models have a water factor of 6 gallons or less. Energy Star models for 2011 qualify.


> Manifold Plumbing. Centrally located hot water tank/manifold plumbing systems are recom- mended.


> Spot Hot Water. A point-of-use or on-demand water heater supplies the kitchen fixtures and appliances.


A Water Star inspector will look not only at water-saving technology, but whether the installation encourages behavior change in water use.


Water Star off ers other potential perks


for builders and developers. It can help ease tensions with local planning boards over a new building’s water demands, or green- light a retrofi t. Another key to Florida Water Star


is the way it overlaps and enhances other programs such as Energy Star, the Florida Green Building Coalition’s green standards, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. Florida Water Star improves the eff ectiveness of other green certifi cation programs, because it’s more detailed and


tailored to Florida’s unique conditions.


Carrots for Builders/Developers In some cases, there are cash incentives for becoming Florida Water Star-certifi ed. Some cities and counties are off ering free inspec- tions or impact-fee reductions. Also, in certain parts of the state, Multi-


ple Listing Service information now includes “green” certifi cation, which means a Florida Water Star certifi cation could potentially in- crease the resale value of a home. How does the certifi cation process


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