Bathroom / Guides

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...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 ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and helps reduce allergy symptoms Chosen ERV & Ventilation Brands : Venmar, air exchanger, bathroom fan, range hood, central vacuum Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finish...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...bathroom floors and shower walls Lightweight synthetic gypsum drywall with high recycled content Mineral-wool insulation , including the insulation used under the slab LED lighting fixtures and bulbs Interior paints and floor adhesives with zero volatile organic compounds A DIY Green living roof Under-slab ...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are the faucets leaking (and how easy are they to fix? ) Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a picture of the model number stickers on applia...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...bathrooms and kitchens not being contained. Along with proper design and keeping problem areas clean and dry, it is important to ensure bathroom fans, kitchen stove hoods and dryer vents are properly vented to the outside. If vents go up through your attic, be sure they aren't leaking, or more importantly that they a...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...bathroom fans, stove hoods, shower drains, dryer vents, etc., must be well-sealed before the work is performed. But as old homes often have very high air leakage rates, the added effort required to install Aerobarrier will often pay for itself in short order through energy savings that would be impossible to achieve th...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...bathroom, a heat source, ventilation system, windows and a door; but instead of those costs being spread over 1,000 or more square feet, they may be spread over only 100 square feet. So, relative to the size, you will probably pay a lot for a tiny house. If you manage to get a permit to build something super-tiny on ...

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...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...bathroom, get your contractor to do the rough-in before pouring your slab on grade or Frost Protected Shallow Foundation (FPSF) since it is very difficult to modify plumbing after the pour. INSULATION AND AIR / VAPOUR BARRIERS FOR SLAB ON GRADE: Install anchor bolts and lateral insulating panels and then the cent...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...bathroom sinks and laundry, but not kitchen sinks or toilets. That’s known as "black" water and there is no secondary use that you’re going to want that for - except for possible subsoil irrigation for garden shrubs and lawns where it's allowed - because plants are pretty useful for reducing nitrate content too. Gray...

Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

...bathroom at the cabin - made worse by us being off grid and only having a relatively small amount of water available in our outside rainwater catchment tank. Over this long dry summer, our water supply kept on running out, so we became very aware of how precious every single drop of water can be. But I confess, that ...