Drip, drip, drip. It's just about that time of year again.
Grab a wrench, pipe tape-and your keyboard!-to celebrate the fourth annual Fix a Leak Week. Leaks can account for the loss of more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year-enough water to wash nearly 10 months' worth of laundry. We are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water. Keep reading below to see how Licensed Green Plumbers are getting their boots dirty during this spectacular event.
Licensed Green Plumbers Spotlight: Fix A Leak Week
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ongoing We're for Water campaign, this year's Fix a Leak Week, March 12-18, encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
Licensed Green Plumbers are donating their labor to help in this effort to retrofit 200 homes in each of the ten cities nationwide targeted by Delta Faucet during Fix a Leak Week. Most of the locations receiving Delta's WaterSense® labeled showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets at no cost are non-profit agencies and multi-family units.
Craig Woolheater, 2011's Southern Region Green Plumber of the Year of Innerline Plumbing is donating his time to retrofit the Promise House, which provides temporary housing for teens in crisis in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Some emergency shelters, such as the Samaritan Inn and City House that Licensees Andress Plumbing and C&C Slab Leaks are retrofitting in North Texas, have showerheads that are used by 20-40 people each day!
Marine Plumbing Service in Atlanta, GA and John Baethke & Son Plumbing in Chicago, IL are also donating their labor with the goal to reduce water use in their Delta retrofit projects by 20-30%.
For more information on how you can get involved with Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
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Green Building Gaining Momentum
The displays at the Eastern Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show last month demonstrate the rising populairty of green technology, and it's not just for so-called progressive cities anymore. Companies that offer green building services got special attention at the Show, especially Dietz Construction who brought a story-and-a-half model designed by Integra Spec. Owner Darin Dietz describes the display as a "cave above ground." That "cave," which uses a new construction method of concrete surrounded foam, would cut winter heating bills by 90% in a 2,000-square-foot home, said Dietz.
The growing presence of green technologies at the show in Iowa reflects the green building trend sweeping the nation. McGraw Hill Construction's recent nationwide survey found that green residential projects constituted 17% of new construction in 2011. The value of the residential green building market is expected to grow fivefold by 2016, according to the findings. Confidence seems to be high among companies, like Dietz Construction, that exclusively design and build green spaces- as 71% responded that their services give them a competitive edge in the industry.
With more outreach and a stronger base of trained green professionals, it seems that the green building and design sector will continue to grow in parallel with rising public concerns about saving money and energy. To make a green impact, we recommend attending a Green Plumbers Training course.
Green Plumbers Partner Installs Record-Setting Solar Water Heating System
FAFCO, Inc. has provided the largest solar water heating system ever installed in California and will save its new owner an estimated 37,584 therms annually.
FAFCO and BCM Construction completed installation and commissioning of the system on Dec. 22, 2011 at Stapleton-Spence Packing Company in Gridley, Calif. The system is expected to save approximately $20,000 annually in reduced natural gas water heating costs-helping provide a payback for the pre-heating system in approximately three and one-half years after federal incentives plus a $476,000 rebate for the food processing facility from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). This is the largest solar thermal rebate ever awarded by PG&E.
The system utilizes 20,000 square feet of FAFCO all-polymer solar collectors, a 13,000-gallon storage tank, a unique control and fluid circulation system, and all-polymer piping to pre-heat well water before entering the two existing 600 hp boilers. To learn more about this groundbreaking renewable energy project, click here.
Plumbers and contractors: become part of the green revolution by learning more about Green Plumbers Licensing. Ask us about the benefits by calling (888) 929-6207.