Certification & Inspection
Benefits of Certification
WaterSense labeled new homes—like WaterSense labeled products—must be independently certified to meet EPA's efficiency and performance criteria, which provides residents with confidence. Inspection is a key component of the certification process.
WaterSense has partnered with a network of licensed certification providers that oversee inspections and provide quality assurance, as well as issue the WaterSense label for new homes.
Builders who have constructed homes to meet other green certification program criteria, such as ENERGY STAR® qualified homes or homes that have received a HERS rating, will find the WaterSense certification process similar. WaterSense certification requires a single inspection that can be done in a onetime visit after the home is completed but before occupancy.
Builders interested in having their homes inspected may be able to contract directly with the inspector or provider, depending on the business relationship. Discuss the WaterSense label with your existing energy raters and providers—they might already be able to provide this additional service. You can also contact one of the approved WaterSense Licensed Certification Providers.
Existing Accredited Rating Providers or LEED for Home providers can apply to become WaterSense Licensed Certification Providers. A mandatory class for all quality assurance designees is offered by RESNET.
All approved WaterSense Licensed Certification Providers can offer the training required to conduct WaterSense inspections.
- Partner with WaterSense: Join WaterSense to become a builder or licensed certification provider partner.
- Find a licensed certification provider: Look for a provider partner in your area to have homes inspected and certified to earn the label.
- Inspecting Homes: Learn more about the inspection process.