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Fix-A-Leak Week

Today is the beginning of “Fix-A-Leak” Week. “Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so we're hunting down the drips during Fix a Leak Week.” (EPA WaterSense). Fix-a-Leak Week begins today, March 17th and ends on March 21, 2014. This week, try to fix a leak in your home and/or a friend or family member’s home.

We refer to EPA WaterSense’ Website to find out:

How do you FIND A LEAK?

  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
  • Watch The Regional Water Providers Consortium videos on detecting household leaks: http://www.conserveh2o.org/how-to-videos-water-conservation.

Once, you located a leak, how do you FIX A LEAK?

It is always best to contact a professional licensed plumber but if you are fixing it yourself, here are some places to find guidance:

  • Faucets: Visit the Do-It-Yourself Network’s Step by Step Guide: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-repair-a-compression-faucet/index.html and/or YouTube’s How to Fix a Faucet videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGAUkiGfOq4
  • Showerheads: Make sure there is a tight connection between the pipe stem and your showerhead and verify there is piping tape (Teflon Tape) to secure the connection between the two.
  • Outdoors: Be sure to check that all sprinkler heads and lines are not damaged. Check your garden hose for leaks at the spigot. You may need to replace the connection to the spigot with a new nylon or rubber hose washer and/or piping tape.

Each day, we will be tweeting a fact and/or way to fix a leak. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google+.


2013 Title 24 Changes (California Building Energy Efficiency Standards)

Title 24 is a code that was set as a base line for California’s Energy Efficiency standards for low-rise residential buildings. The standards were established in the seventies but the Title 24 code was put into place in 2008, requiring all new residential projects meet the rigorous guidelines in order to obtain approval.

Why?

The code was developed in an effort to protect California’s energy future by reducing energy costs, increasing reliability and availability of electricity, improving building occupant comfort, and reducing the environmental impact each residence has on the state.

If you are not familiar with the code, you can read more online at Title 24’s Educational Resource Center: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/educational_resources.html.

In 2013, changes were made to Title 24 standards that will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The new codes now require the use of a HERS Rater on new residential projects including residential home additions. We received a brief overview of the CEC 2013 Residential Standards from Title 24 Data Corp and feel it is important to share this information with our community. Please click the photo below to zoom in or click here to view the PDF document.

Los Angeles Custom Home Builder and Home Building Structure Home 2013 Energy Standards


Healthy Home Workbook

As in all aspects of our building practices, we take our responsibility to you and to the community we all live in seriously. It is not enough to simply build a beautiful new home. We believe it is imperative that we build it responsibly. At Structure Home, this means a commitment to environmentally friendly products, the efficient use of resources, recycling, a paperless and sustainable organization and a consistent dedication to growth through advanced technology and to the conscious improvement of our carbon footprint.

Structure has assembled a summary workbook as a resource to illustrate and clarify how applying Health Sciences and Green Building Practices can improve your home and the environment. Within this informative workbook, you will also find some definitions and other resourceful websites.  We felt that sharing this Healthy Home Workbook once again would be a smart and strong way to start the new year.

Download the PDF here


You may read last year's Sustainably Speaking monthly posts here:  Sustainably Speaking Posts from 2013


EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Structure Home USGBC LEED Projects:

  • LEED Silver: VISION House Los Angeles; Structure Home's Page or Green Builder Media's Page
  • LEED Silver: Artistic Contemporary Home in Brentwood, CA
  • LEED Registered: Traditional Coastal Home in Brentwood, CA
  • LEED Registered: New England Traditional Home in Brentwood, CA

Review our Healthy Home Workbook

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