WERS Rating Picked for New FHBA Certified Ratings Program

IAPMO We-Stand Technical Committee

Green Builder Coalition picks Triconic to administer WERS Program.

The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) recently announced their sponsorship of a new Certified Ratings Program, offering single-family home builders access to independent energy and water ratings based on Florida’s Energy Code and Water Star owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

For the Program, Triconic created a partnership between Water Star, the FHBA, UL, and Intertek. The partnership gives home builders a program to get energy and water ratings from the same professionals.

The Green Builder Coalition has also 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,” says Green Builder Coalition and WERS Development Group Chair Mike Collignon.

WERS logo“The Certified Ratings Program is the first to establish itself among state home builder associations, but with the support and scale of UL and Intertek, it is anticipated that other states will push expansion of similar programs beyond Florida starting late in 2017 and into 2018,” says Darrell Lehman, President of Triconic. Lehman continues, “There is such tremendous support for comprehensive energy and water rating options. So Triconic will continue fostering partnerships to bring builders more options, like bringing WERS to Florida.”

Kim Shanahan, Coalition Board Chair, agreed. “The partnership Triconic assembled sets an exciting precedent that can and should be replicated with HBAs across the nation that seek to provide performance-based choices for rating energy and water usage in homes built by their members. The Green Builder Coalition is eager to assist Triconic as it expands its outreach to other state HBAs.”

“This is a partnership we’ve been working on for quite some time,” adds Collignon. “We always knew we would need assistance meeting demand from across the country. With the partners involved, we can take a program that originated in Santa Fe, N.M., and elevate it to the national (and potentially international) stage. The Coalition’s Board of Directors and the WERS Development Group are excited for the expansion of WERS.”