Water Conservation

Resolved that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) support approaches and initiatives that encourage water conservation and efficiency in new and existing structures as long as those programs:

  1. Are voluntary, affordable and recognize consumer preferences;
  2. Are sufficiently flexible and include prescriptive options that do not require calculation or experts to apply, and include design guidelines that can be applied independent of a specific home design;
  3. Include low-cost options;
  4. Where applicable, recognize multiple rainwater, gray water and landscaping options; and allow water savings at alternative location(s) to be credited to new homes; and
  5. Recognize that the degree of concern with water supplies and decisions, varies widely across regions and localities.

Further resolved that NAHB promote Chapter 8 of the National Green Building Standard as a reference guide for those entities seeking to establish water efficiency programs. Further resolved that NAHB support incentives to facilitate early adoption of water saving products and practices, such as those that lead to a reduction in construction fees, conservation tax credit programs, and rebates on efficient fixtures and appliances.

Further resolved that NAHB encourage the development and voluntary use of water calculation tools that account for total water consumption both within the structure(s) and the overall property and include both delivered potable water and water from precipitation.

 

Resolution originally adopted: 2016/01 No. 6

Committee with primary jurisdiction:
  • Environmental Issues Committee
  • Construction, Codes & Standards Committee)

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