This special collaborative episode of RESTalk and ICC Pulse features RESTalk host Bill Spohn interviewing RESNET Program Director Ryan Meres and International Code Council (ICC) Executive Director of Sustainability Programs Dave Walls. In recognition of the Week 3 theme: “Securing clean, abundant water for all communities” of ICC Building Safety Month, and available on the podcast platforms for RESNET® and ICC respectively, Ryan and Dave discuss the new water rating Standard BSR/RESNET/ICC 1101-201x, RESNET’s HERSH2O® rating, water efficiency, and conservation. HERSH2O builds off of RESNET’s widely used HERS® Index to provide a new system for rating whole house water efficiency. It will provide homeowners with a simple way to compare the water efficiency of homes they are looking to buy; just like the HERS Index does for energy efficiency. This new rating takes into account both indoor and outdoor water use and is grounded in water use data. HERSH2O underwent a formal pilot phase from June through December 2018 and is expected to remain in pilot until its full launch later in 2019. Click here to listen to this special episode.