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Ecodrain greywater heat recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...shower, with a bath your water tank is refilled long before you drain tub. The price of such units can at first seem high, but they are very cost effective, with a heat recovery efficiency of up to 60%. Depending on the consumption patterns of users, they generally have a payback period of between 7-10 years, and in ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...shower head can pay for itself in 6 months of savings on your hydro bill Conclusions from an in-house test done by our Quebec office Ecohabitation shed some light on modern water saving 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...

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?

...High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficiency doors and windows High Performance Windows & Doors are an essential part of all homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficiency doors and windows High Performance Windows & Doors are an essential part of all homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certification & Designs ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...efficiency of 170%. Its overall efficiency over the whole year, based on the hot water consumption of a family of four each taking an 8 minute shower every morning with a regular shower head delivering 9.5 L/min, would be about 340%. In real terms, that translates into water than is heated 3.4 times more efficiently th...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...showerheads are worth the money, and you won't notice the difference except in your wallet Low-flow showerheads: Switching to a low-flow efficient showerhead can sometimes pay for itself in a matter of months , by saving between 3 and 8 litres of hot water per minute as you shower. And there is no sacrifice here,...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...high-temperature and high-pressure environment. Flat plate solar collectors can reach temperatures as high as 200°C (395°F), and evacuated-tube collectors can reach temperatures as high as 295°C (563°F). It is important to be aware that solar glycol will begin to break down when temperatures exceed 150-200°C for long...

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

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

...high performance radon barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive h...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...high humidity solution is changing personal habits in the home: Showering - The bathroom is the most humid place in the home, and something as simple as taking a shower releases huge amounts of humidity into the air – the hotter it is and the longer it is, the more water vapor is released. So, to reduce this avoida...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...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 wrote about. Which one is better? Hard to tell, but both are light years ahead of the showers most people ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...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 through conventional air-seali...