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KOHLER, Wis. – January 11, 2011 – For the fourth consecutive year, Kohler Co. serves as a pillar sponsor of “Green Day” at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 12-15. This year’s Green Day is Thursday, Jan. 13, and calls attention to the advances made in sustainable design and construction, as well as the new products and materials that support these environmental building practices.

Kohler has demonstrated a strong history of awareness efforts surrounding the importance of water efficiency and sustainable practices. Following is a summary of recent initiatives, sponsorships and efforts Kohler has undertaken to educate trade and homeowners:

  • NAHB Green Day – Fourth consecutive year of sponsorship for the NAHB ‘Green Day’ initiative at the 2011 International Builders’ Show. In its booth (#W2501), Kohler Co. will display both commercial and residential plumbing products that conserve water, including those that carry the EPA WaterSense label – high-efficiency toilets, bathroom faucets and showerheads.
  • KB Home GreenHouse™: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart – Kohler is the exclusive provider of water-efficient kitchen and bath plumbing products, including high-efficiency toilets, bathroom faucets and showerheads, for the Builder Magazine Concept Home – a show home in Windemere, Florida – built by KB Homes and designed by Martha Stewart. A net-zero energy home, the project has also been recognized with other efficiency certifications including EPA ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense qualification, LEED For Homes Platinum status and Environments for Living Green. The home is open for tours during IBS and more information can be found at http://builderconcepthome2011.com.
  • 3-time EPA WaterSense Award Winner – Kohler is a three-time recipient of the EPA’s WaterSense Awards, including Manufacturing Partner of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009, and the WaterSense Excellence Award in 2010 for strategic collaboration. Kohler Co. provides plumbing products that carry the WaterSense label in all categories including: toilets, urinals, bathroom faucets, showerheads, and flush valves.

  • Water Efficiency Leader – Active participant within organizations such as the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments, and United States Green Building Council, to help build awareness and drive the industry to collectively reduce homeowners’ water usage.
  • Save Water America – a viral Web site, SaveWaterAmerica.com is dedicated to raising awareness of the nation’s looming water crisis, helping homeowners save water, and supporting Habitat for Humanity with a $2 million product donation over a two-year span. The site’s success has helped build more than 1,000 homes across the country that not only perform to expectations, but save a significant amount of water. The official “Save Water America” Facebook page currently has nearly 14,000 friends in its community.
  • LEED Training of Kohler Associates – Kohler has developed an internal LEED Green Associates (GA) training program for its associates and has been conducting this training since summer 2010. This program involves 12 hours of face-to-face instruction and an additional 40 to 80 hours of associate study to prepare them to take the LEED GA exam.
  • Material Re-use Programs – In reducing manufacturing waste, Kohler has partnered with local businesses and municipalities, and even with other Kohler entities, such as Whistling Straits golf course, to create material reuse programs for discarded porcelain pieces, otherwise known as cull. This vitreous china (porcelain) cull comes from toilets and lavatories that have not passed inspection for sale to customers. Kohler has avoided depositing cull into landfills for the past 15 years at its pottery operations in Kohler, Wisconsin. By partnering with Wausau Tile, Kafka Granite, the Village of Kohler, and other Kohler business ventures, Kohler has provided cull to be used as aggregate in road pavers and drainage projects, epoxy overlay, blended in concrete and tile products, and used in the golf courses drainage systems, among other projects. An additional benefit for builders is that Wausau Tile products which utilize recycled Kohler cull will increase LEED points potential for projects through the material reuse and recovery resources section of LEED, the United States Green Building Council’s internationally recognized green building certification system.

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