Danze named partner of first-ever Energy Star approved house plans

July 26, 2010
Danze Inc. has been named a sponsor of The House Designers’ first-ever Energy Star approved house plans.

WOODRIDGE, ILL. – Danze Inc. has been named a sponsor of The House Designers’ first-ever Energy Star approved house plans. The collection of house plans helps consumers and builders to build eco-friendly, energy efficient homes.

The set of green house plans includes all the tools to build a green home, including information on green building products and practices. Danze will serve as the faucet and plumbing fixture partner of the initiative.

“We’re excited to support this innovative initiative to help homeowners and builders in their quest for more eco-friendly options in the design and building process,” said Ed Detgen, vice president of marketing for Danze. “It’s an important way for us to continue our green efforts in a segment of our industry that has potential to significantly impact the environment.”

The collection of house plans will include several water-saving and sustainable solutions from Danze such as:

• Water-saving lavatory faucets: Offer a 30%+ water savings over traditional faucets. Operate at 1.5 gallons per minute and meet California and Vermont low-lead legislation requirements.
• High efficiency toilets: The toilets operate at 1.28-gpf and can reduce water consumption by more than 20% per toilet.
• FSC-certified bath furniture: Several bath vanities, mirrors and other wood-based products from Danze are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes sustainable forestry.
• Water-saving showerheads: According to the EPA, the average household could save 2,300 gallons of water each year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. These new house plans will address water-saving showerhead options. High-performing options that flow at 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5-GPM are available from Danze.

“Partnerships like the one we have established with Danze, strengthen the impact these house plans will have on the building community,” said Tammy Crosby, COO of The House Designers. “We’re helping to educate people how green decisions can influence the entire process, including tips on how to take advantage of savings and rebates.”

The House Designers/Energy Star Green Home Plans are available exclusively online at www.thehousedesigners.com/greenhouseplans.

Danze Inc. manufactures and markets kitchen and bath faucets, specialty faucets, showerheads and bath accessories, along with toilets, bidets, pedestal sinks, premium vanities, vessel sinks and matching mirrors. Danze is headquartered in Woodridge, Ill. Additional information is available at www.danze.com.

The House Designers are the leading residential architects and designers in the U.S. comprising the majority of pre-drawn residential blueprints in America. THD has the best selling, most popular house plans in America and is Better Homes & Gardens and Energy Star's exclusive house plan provider and have clients who have built their home plans in every state in the U.S. and in 56 countries around the globe.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce green house gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products as well as buildings and new homes.

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