Bathroom / Guides

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...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...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 ...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...bathrooms and showers? Which caulk is best for wood? Which caulk is best for sealing windows? Well to start, different types of caulking and sealant can generally be divided into three categories: interior, exterior and ‘special purpose’ sealants depending on their applications and the budget. From what we've seen on c...

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 ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...bathrooms. This was the model Ecohome co-founder Emmanuel Cosgrove and the Team chose to build TWICE - Firstly at the Olympic Stadium Montreal for the Expohabitation exhibition, then secondly as the first prefab test house near Ottawa ! The open concept living area and full wall of south facing windows make this smal...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...bathroom sinks, tub and laundry unit in a 30 gallon storage tank and had a counter flow coil of fresh water to recover some of the waste heat in the waste water. This unit was not very successful as the waste water had soap added to the water before it entered the tank and the soap caused the water to gel. Air lock...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...bathroom or kitchen fan outlet - because when they are off, they could backfeed radon into your home if the conduit runs down into a basement - which would be bad. Before starting radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement: Here's a thing, if you're about to install radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement be...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as well. The EcoVéa shower by Reveeco is made in Quebec, Canada, and works based on the same principles as the Orbys we recently w...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

The Eco Bath concept is simple: use the waste water from the sink to flush the adjoining toilet. The execution is nothing less than stylish. Though compact, the Eco Bath’s water tank is comprised of two compartments, one that holds drainage water from the adjoining sink and one that contains fresh water in case the ne...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple prof...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres per day, and 150 litres per person per day in France. Hopefully, as we see the beginnings of water shortages hit closer to home, this serious issue will garn...