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DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

...bathroom tissue! The first hurdle to jump is to realize that this no longer means a second toilet-shaped throne in your bathroom to where you move your bottom after you’ve completed the first step of your mission – to successfully jettison all unwanted materials. You can purchase bidet add-ons that fit to existing to...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...bathroom and kitchen. This can also be an excellent resale feature, by making it easier for future owners to make those changes themselves. Using reclaimed and local materials: By re-using existing building materials and buying locally, you just became part of the green building trend. As we have said, green buil...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...bathroom: the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, as well as all storage units are also made with the same non-toxic plywood panels. This make them much more durable than the standard melamine cabinets that are usually installed, so they are easier to maintain and can be reused during a redesign. The cupboard doors in the...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...bathroom, as it eliminates the need for fans exhausting moist air and odors directly outside. Bathroom fans and stove hoods can be a problem in an airtight house due to the depressurization they can cause, and possibly affecting their operation. That leaves the option of opening a window to supply new air (less than ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...bathroom floors for added comfort. What you don’t see a lot of, are floors heated with air. Electric wire radiant floor heating © Ecohome How to make air-heated floors work: Since the first forced-air heating systems were introduced into homes, there have been attempts to distribute ...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...bathroom fans and stove hoods or open a window. When that's impossible or just doesn't really make sense (like in winter) make sure you have a properly-running home ventilation system. And if you really want a supplementary fragrance, try using orange peels, or hang some sprigs of thyme or eucalyptus. I have tested thi...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you eliminate heat loss though piping and storage of water. Claims of superior energy efficiency with a tankless delivery system are somewhat exaggerated. In reasonably-sized homes without extremely long hot water fe...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...bathroom cabinets, window frames and doors, moldings, acoustic panels, interior doors, flooring, pergolas, etc. Worth noting - beyond just the toxins in sealants, as well as binders and adhesives found in most composite wood materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered bu...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...bathroom rather than a simple exhaust fan for example, will mean heated incoming air instead of just creating negative pressure and letting cold air find its own way in everytime someone turns on the fan. You won't need to install a bathroom fan of course if you have an intake in there, just be sure to put a timer sw...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...bathroom and kitchen fans when showering and cooking, run a dehumidifier in the basement if needed, and don't hang laundry to dry indoors, unless of course your humidity is down around the 30% RH level then go for it. It will save some dryer energy and a little more humidity will make for a more comfortable living spac...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...bathroom sinks are recycled and purified for use with toilets. With no municipal hookup, the only source of water is from rain and snow melt; this is recovered and stored in a 20,000 litre concrete tank buried in the backyard of the house. In addition to mechanical filtration systems (coarse, sand and activated carbon ...