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U.S. DOE Eases Efficiency Restrictions of Showerhead Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last month finalized a rule rolling back efficiency standards for showerheads. The previous rule established in 1992 restricted showerhead flow to a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute. A 2013 Obama-era ruling had upheld that definition, no matter the number of water outlets in a showerhead design. However, the new Trump administration regulation update allows each water outlet in a multi-outlet showerhead to flow at a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water, drastically loosening federal conservation rules.

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Scorecard: States Adopt New Energy-Saving Rules but COVID-19 Slows Overall Progress

More U.S. states have adopted or advanced new energy-saving targets and vehicle and appliance rules, but COVID-19 slowed other efficiency efforts, according to the 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released last month. For the first time in four years, California took first place nationwide, edging out Massachusetts, the leader in the Northeast. Other regional leaders include Minnesota in the Midwest, Colorado in the Southwest, and Virginia in the South.

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IAPMO Seeks Technical Subcommittee Members for Development of National Standard IAPMO Z1324

IAPMO is seeking volunteers, with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems and specific knowledge of alternate water source reuse systems — such as jurisdictional authorities, testing lab and educational facility representatives, as well as manufacturing experts — to participate on the IAPMO Z1324 Technical Subcommittee (TSC).

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IAPMO Hires Christoph Lohr as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

The IAPMO Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Christoph Lohr, P.E., CPD, LEED AP BD+C, as vice president of Strategic Initiatives. Lohr has more than a decade of experience designing plumbing systems for health-care, laboratory, hospitality, sports, and university projects. Prior to joining IAPMO, he was the director of Education and Strategic Projects for LiquiTech: Legionella & Waterborne Pathogen Prevention.

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NRDC Sues Energy Dept. For Circumventing Dishwasher Efficiency Standards

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) sued the U.S. Department of Energy last month for circumventing longtime energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers by needlessly creating a new category exempt from any energy-saving requirements, potentially leading to higher household utility bills and more pollution.

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