Fixtures / Guides

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...fixtures are getting old, consider installing low-flow showerheads , and aerators on your taps. Not a lot of thought was put into water conservation in the days of old, and fixtures reflected that. It doesn't cost much to replace them with modern efficient ones, and you could feasibly cut your consumption in half if yo...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Fixtures and cabinetry : You can often find some pretty funky looking older lighting fixtures and great looking cabinets, but avoid plumbing fixtures. Not a lot of thought went into water conservation with older toilets and taps, so those are probably best purchased new to ensure high efficiency . Decor: The possibil...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...fixtures and fittings; and reducing outdoor irrigation needs through rain water collection and water recycling. Energy & Atmosphere (38 points) Our homes are an enormous consumer of energy. This LEED category aims to reduce overall operational consumption through better building envelopes (insulation, doors and win...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...fixtures, doors and windows from the existing house were recycled through ‘Habitat for Humanity’. Trees/shrubs were transplanted to neighbours during demolition and construction. Over 80% of demolition building waste, such as masonry, lumber, metalwork, and gypsum plaster, was recycled. The site also needed careful a...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...fixtures. The consensus is that you can't actually tell the difference between a 9.5 lpm and a high quality 6.6 lpm showerhead. So with comfort and cleanliness out of the way, let’s run the numbers. Calculations are based on the consumption of a family of four taking a daily shower for 10 minutes each at a temperatur...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...fixtures , grey water recycling , water saving showerheads and all about green home building at North America's free green building website, Ecohome . Text availablalikee under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, unless otherwise noted.

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater from the roof. Less commuting: In many cases, ADUs are placed in neighbourhoods which are close to amenities so that the occupants may have short distances to travel to frequently-visited locations. Home offices and studios greatly decrease commutes. Higher...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...fixtures: Leaky faucet By using approximately 350 litres of water per person, per day, in a world where a billion people survive on 5 litres per day, Canadians have earned the dubious distinction of being the highest per capita consumers of water on the planet. For that reason, the fixtures and appliances you c...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...fixtures and lighting, to proceed simultaneously, reducing overall construction time. As each module was finished, it was tested for compliance with Passive House standards. As fabrication proceeded, a crew was working on site to prepare the concrete pad foundations, a pressure-treated exterior foundation wall, and...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...fixtures are low-flow. The residual heat in wastewater is collected through a single stack drain that is connected to a Drain Water Heat Recovery System . The foundation’s sump pump is equipped with a valve to allow for watering of the yard. Annual water consumption of the home is 140,000 litres; 28,000 litres per occu...