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KOHLER, Wis. – April 13, 2011 – In less than three months, the mandatory version of the California Green Buildings Standard (CALGreen) Code goes into effect for all residents of California, but Kohler Co.’s efforts surrounding these standards have been underway for more than three years. Kohler, leader in kitchen & bath design and technology, is making code compliancy for California residents easy and achievable through plumbing product offering and education as the renowned “green” state typically leads the country in environmental advocacy.

Originally launched in 2008 as a voluntary green code, the new mandatory version of this code went into effect January 1, 2011 for commercial buildings, while the plumbing portion of the residential construction code goes into effect July 1, 2011. CALGreen code states that all new construction, both residential and commercial, must reduce building/home water use by 20 percent compared to the past standard. CALGreen is one of many California efforts in the achievement of the state’s goal of reducing water use by 20 percent per person by 2020.

Building designers can demonstrate the water-use reduction by (1) a Performance Path using overall building sum of water use, or (2) a Prescriptive Path using a list of compliant products (per-fixture use.) Kohler’s efforts in aiding understanding of and compliance with CALGreen have been centered in these two areas through United States Green Building Council LEED construction education and assistance as well as CALGreen-compliant product offering.

“Many people in the professional community have worked on LEED projects so they are familiar with incorporating water conservation into their designs. As CalGreen’s Performance Path uses a calculation method similar to LEED, they should have little issue with designing a compliant building,” says Cambria McLeod, LEED AP and California-based sales engineer for Kohler Co.

McLeod remarks that homeowners, however, may find the overall building sum more challenging as most are not familiar with LEED guidelines. This is where the per-fixture Prescriptive Path option is most relevant, and Kohler offers a full line-up of CALGreen-compliant faucets and fixtures to make the selection process easy for homeowners.

With 65 models of toilets carrying the EPA WaterSense label – meaning these models already flush with 20 percent less water than industry standard – Kohler has a wide breadth of styles, colors and flushing technologies for homeowners to choose from. Kohler also offers code-compliant bathroom faucets, showerheads, kitchen faucets and urinals. While all of these products demonstrate the 20 percent water-use reduction, they do so without sacrificing performance or design – a key quality attribute for all KOHLER products.

In addition to its expansive product line-up, the company has been providing in-field education for builders, customers and trade professionals (contractors, plumbers, architects, designers) through its knowledgeable and trained sales team – many of whom are LEED-accredited themselves. Having an accessible resource familiar with both the LEED and CALGreen programs is an advantage to any builder or homeowner, according to McLeod.

About Kohler Co.
As a global leader in kitchen and bath design, technology and water efficiency, Kohler Co. offers plumbing products under its KOHLER and STERLING brands that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular level of quality of performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, environmentally friendly KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources. Visit www.SaveWaterAmerica.com for more information about Kohler’s water-saving products.

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