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  1. 2/17/2012 COLORADO SPRINGS GETS THE FIRST WATERSENSE LABELED NEW HOME IN THE STATE
  2. From the Colorado River to the Rocky Mountains, the state of Colorado is known for its gorgeous scenery and emphasis on living “green.” What better place for a home that has not only earned the WaterSense label, but is ENERGY STAR© qualified and received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED© Gold certification!  
     

    Photo courtesy of EV Studio Planning, LLC
     
    WaterSense builder partner GJ Gardner Northgate recently completed the first WaterSense labeled new home in the Gold Hill Mesa area of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Not only is this home, known as "Ascension," certified to be 20 percent more water-efficient than a typical new home, but it is also at least 20 percent more energy-efficient and contains a number of other sustainable features that allowed it to earn LEED Gold certification.
     
    WaterSense labeled new homes feature faster hot water delivery, WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures, and water-efficient landscaping, at a minimum. Ascension also has an ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator. And using the WaterSense water budget tool, Ascension’s landscaping was designed to reduce outdoor water use by more than 70 percent!
     
    Compared to a traditional home, a family of four in this home can save 50,000 gallons of water annually, or enough water to wash 2,000 loads of laundry. WaterSense labeled new homes don’t just cut water use—families can also save as much as $600 per year in utility costs.
     
    While constructing this home, GJ Gardner’s goal was to achieve net-zero energy use, where the house produces as much energy as it consumes. Ascension features geothermal heating with a radiant floor system and a solar photovoltaic array.
     
    For a pictorial tour of Ascension’s water and energy saving devices click here.