People Newspaper Mention

Click here to see a newspaper article about the house.

I have a couple of things to say about the article:

  • I’ve expressed my disappointment to the author of the article that the focus of the first half ended up being on the lack of available regulations for the use of rainwater in our washing machine.
  • The Dallas Chief Plumbing Inspector has been extremely cooperative and attentive to the discussion, and has informed us that sometime in August or September regulations will be created that will address our situation.
  • The lack of interior use of rainwater should not put our Platinum rating at risk.

Having said all that, there are some very good points in the article.  And it otherwise sheds a positive, informative light on our project.  On a side note, the print version has a great photo of the home’s living/kitchen space.

July 13th, 2009 6:00 pm

Glad to read this post and learn your relations with Dallas building inspectors have been generally positive. I’m hoping to post on the Dallas Morning News Voices Opinion blog soon about green building. I’m wondering if most North Texas cities have building codes ready for homebuilders who want to receive LEED Platinum certification. I would appreciate your thoughts.

July 13th, 2009 6:20 pm

I have heard that a lot of surrounding cities have building codes dealing with green issues. Our experience with the City of Dallas was specific to the use of rainwater. Grapevine, for example, approved a house that receives all of its water via a 30,000 gallon cistern. And while the cistern is hooked up to city water in case it runs dry, the house itself is hooked up only to the cistern. The issue with rainwater seems to be that regulations deal with city water, and they deal with gray water and black water, but they don’t deal with rainwater…which really isn’t reclaimed water at all. For more information about rainwater harvesting and regs from surrounding cities, I’d check with either Jeremy Delost at Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Inc or Rodney at Tierra Designs, Inc.

July 27th, 2009 9:39 pm

Rainwater harvesting is actually illegal in a lot of areas because of several reasons including the insects that standing water can breed.

July 28th, 2009 7:19 am

If the cisterns are installed properly all openings are sealed or have insect screens. Our cistern installer left two openings in the cisten unplugged, so I had a different rainwater harvesting vendor fix that issue (and a few others). Also, regular maintenance to the system keeps water quality high. The water coming into the house will be filtered a total of 4 times (including a microfilter) and purified with ultraviolet light.

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