Grey water / Guides

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...grey” infrastructure. (Grey infrastructure refers to manmade solutions.) Dow Chemical just completed constructing a 110 acre wetland instead of a traditional waste water treatment plant, realizing many benefits, including a $38.5 million reduction in capital cost. The Canadian Insurance Industry is also working to ...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...water to cover) Blueberries (1 cup fresh or frozen per 2 cups water) I tried both purple cabbage and blueberries in search of a tone I liked. The eggs dyed in the purple cabbage came out a beautiful blue. Those that I dyed with blueberries came out a charcoal grey. I know a few people who have had brilliant blue ...

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.

...grey water heat recovery unit . This unit collected waste water from the 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 be...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...water from the surface rather than create a cup that will withhold water. Shedding water is the key to extending deck life. 9) Build Deck-to-Wall Connections carefully: this is where most jobs go sour. Either build a deck that is completely independent of the building (with Sonotubes near the wall connection), or go ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Grey Construction Inc. Ottawa, ON Global Sustainable Solutions Tay Township, ON Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Winnipeg, MB Habitat Studio & Workshop Ltd. Edmonton, AB Insightful H...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...greying cedar siding, you won't need to do a lot of maintenance. Cons of cedar siding: Very expensive and time consuming to install. And if you DO mind the look of greying cedar siding, like all wood products, it will require regular repainting, staining or oiling to keep a consitent color & finish. (see here for eco...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...grey winters day. Before outside air enters the HRV it is preheated or pre-cooled using a simple heat exchanger connected to a 325’ long ground loop of 3/4” pipe buried 5’ deep. Using a circulator pump and electronic control, fluid is pumped through the ground loop and heat exchanger to heat or cool the air entering ...

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

...water heating as well as pumping water from the well. Even with a very efficient building design in the S1600, the engineers noted that the total estimated carbon footprint is multiplied by 10 by the operational energy use. Even so, it is significantly lower than a code-built house in the region, which would have an ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house


...water leaks, high humidity from cramming too many people in a small space, and the damage and mold that can cause can be simply horrid, as well as adversely affecting health because of mold allergies . That's why Ecohome recommends that any Tiny Houses are systematically built with ductless mini ERV units as well as to...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...water can run straight into nearby waterways and aquifers. If there are ways to divert water-to-water storage areas, you can change street rainwater from being a problem to a resource. The third source of rainwater is the roof. Even in areas with low rainfall there is enormous potential for harvesting rainwater. A 1,...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...water The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes only 6 liters per flush, which wasn’t mandatory until 2014. Water reuse is critical as well - wastewater from washing machines, showers, bathtu...