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EPA Recognizes First WaterSense Home

This WaterSense home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will use approximately 20% less water than a typical home.

Photo: Kevin Seiffert
Vanguard Homes, based in Cary, North Carolina, has built the first home in the nation to receive a WaterSense label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The home is part of Briar Chapel, a green community development in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

One of several builders in the development, Vanguard chose to go above and beyond the required green specifications to pursue the WaterSense label, which signifies that the home uses about 20% less water than a comparable conventional home. According to Robert Smart, vice president of construction for Vanguard, the prescriptive specifications from the WaterSense program are straightforward and easy to follow, especially since they follow best practices. “You get nearly all the way there just by doing it right,” he said.

The home also achieved a Gold rating under the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Standard. More information is available at

Published January 2, 2009

Wendt, A. (2009, January 2). EPA Recognizes First WaterSense Home. Retrieved from

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