Eco-Performance Kitchen Faucets
Moen announces the transition of its entire portfolio of kitchen faucets to Eco-Performance models, bringing both water efficiency and consumer-accepted performance to the kitchen sink. This transition applies to Moen and Cleveland Faucet Group (CFG) kitchen faucets offered at wholesale showrooms and retail outlets throughout the U.S.
All Moen pullout and pulldown kitchen and bar/prep faucets now offer a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), providing a 30 percent water savings from the industry standard 2.2 gpm. All fixed-spout faucets, with or without sidespray, provide a reduced 2.0 gpm flow.
What were the driving factors behind the shift to Eco-Performance kitchen faucets?
In December of 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy waived the Federal preemption clause in the Energy Policy Act concerning the water efficiency of faucets, showerheads water closets and urinals, opening the door for state and local jurisdictions to tailor water restrictions to their specific needs. In addition, California and Georgia are the first states that have passed legislation limiting the flow of kitchen faucets to 1.8 and 2.0 gpm, respectively.
Moen was eager to provide a consumer-accepted solution to meet new state-and county-level legislation restricting water flow for kitchen faucets. The addition of new Eco-Performance kitchen faucets rounds out the Moen Eco-Performance product portfolio, which also includes a complete selection of high-performance, water-saving lavatory faucets, showerheads and handshowers, a major reason Moen was selected as WaterSense Partner of the Year in 2010, and a WaterSense Partner of Excellence in 2011.
Why transition all Moen faucets?
Moen's Eco-Performance kitchen faucets conserve a significant amount of water, allowing homeowners, property owners, and property managers to reduce water consumption and comply with current legislative requirements set forth in California (CalGreen) and Georgia (Water Stewardship Act of 2010, or SB370). These new faucets will also help builders and remodelers achieve valuable LEED certification.
New Eco-Performance kitchen faucets also provide the benefit of cost savings, through the reduction of water usage.
When did the transition take place?
- The transition from standard to Eco-Performance kitchen faucets sold through wholesale showrooms began on April 1, 2012
- The transition to Eco-Performance kitchen faucet models sold through retail outlets begins on May 1, 2012
All Moen kitchen faucets shipped after July 1, 2012 are Eco-Performance models.
What are the new flow rates for Moen's Eco-Performance kitchen faucets?
- Pulldown, pullout and bar/prep kitchen faucets offer a flow rate of 1.5 gpm
- Fixed-spout kitchen faucets, with or without sidespray, provide a flow rate of 2.0 gpm
Will I notice a difference in performance in my new kitchen faucet?
Moen Eco-Performance kitchen faucets were created to reduce water usage, without a significant difference in performance when completing everyday tasks - like washing dishes, rinsing vegetables or cleaning in and around the sink.
Will the new Eco-Performance flow rates limit style options or platforms for Moen kitchen faucets?
The transition to Eco-Performance kitchen faucet models will not affect the styling of existing or future Moen faucets. Moen will continue to offer a wide array of kitchen faucet styles, finishes and platforms to meet consumers' needs.
Do the new flow rates meet water efficiency standards set forth by recent legislation in California and Georgia?
Water use reduction achieved with Moen Eco-Performance pulldown and pullout kitchen faucets exceeds requirements set forth by CalGreen, California's Green Building Standards Code. CalGreen requires that all new kitchen faucets installed on or after January 1, 2013 flow at 1.8 gpm.
Moen Eco-Performance pulldown and pullout kitchen faucets exceed water-savings standards set forth by Georgia's Water Stewardship Act of 2010, which specifies the use of 2.0 gpm fixtures by July, 2012. In addition, Moen's fixed-spout faucets meet the new Water Stewardship Act requirement.
Is there currently a national standard regulating the flow rates of kitchen faucets?
At this time, there is a national standard regulating flow rates for kitchen faucets to 2.2 gpm.
Do Moen Eco-Performance kitchen faucets meet WaterSense® criteria?
There is currently no WaterSense specification for kitchen faucets.