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...

A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
Tiny house

A portable off-grid tiny house that looks like a stack of wood

...fixtures, carbon-based filters to treat rain water on site , has a separate tank for waste water, and is fully insulated for use in almost any locale. If you're...

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...

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, a...

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

Award winning Net Zero 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 f...

Frost in attic
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic?

...fixtures are notoriously leaky (and this may be better left to electricians) but there are airtight boxes available that you could install instead. Another so...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...fixtures for future renovations. So how to deal with that? No basement storage: build a shed, or build your slab slightly bigger to include room for storage...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...fixtures, windows and doors . Any products carrying ENERGY STAR label are certified to be a high efficiency option. Other rating systems like LEED for example, ...

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 ar...

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...

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, Ca...