Recently, the Green Builder® Coalition selected Triconic to administer the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) and therefore is taking steps to further its support of Water Star℠ objectives and offer certified WERS ratings. WERS provides a performance-based water efficiency rating and complements the prescriptive-based Water Star℠ Program. “Builders love the flexibility, and with WERS, they’ll have the choice of a prescriptive water rating through Florida Water Star℠, or a performance-based water rating with WERS,” said Green Builder® Coalition and WERS Development Group Chair Mike Collignon.
WERS is a performance-based water efficiency program for both new and existing residential properties. This approach to water efficiency preserves design freedom and product choice flexibility. Third-party analysis and data collection is utilized to generate both a score and predict water usage for single-family and multifamily properties.
Implementation of the WERS Program can take a number of forms. It was codified in the City of Santa Fe, NM as of October 27, 2016. It was cited in the rules of compliance for the State of New Mexico’s Sustainable Building Tax Credit as of January 1, 2017. In July 2017, part of the WERS calculation helped a single-family project obtain LEED Platinum and GreenStar Gold.
For more information on WERS, please click here to visit the WERS website.