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Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...and teach your kids - never to sit and watch water run. While Brushing our teeth, doing dishes, or just waiting for hot water, we watch a lot of water go by for...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...and toilets will save a considerable amount of water and money, and probably the quickest and cheapest way to save hot water is a low flow showerhead . They are...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...and) water heaters Combination hot water tank and boiler Combination solar water heater and boiler Geothermal heat pumps Hydronic radiators and basebo...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...and showerheads and therefore consumes about 60% less water than a conventional home that size, and you have no idea that it's even happening! So how much water...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...water heaters , on demand water heaters and instantaneous water heaters are different names for the same thing - domestic hot water systems that do not include ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...and even water lines and a drain to a sensible location for a future addition. You just cap plumbing components and don’t hook electrical wires until they are n...

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

...and brought back outside in spring. Additional native plants were planted as well. Light and air: Expansive windows light and heat the home and create the fee...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...and and be stuck somewhere. You can really go anywhere and do anything.” Students broke into teams to study and develop water, energy, heat and building env...

Ecodrain greywater recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...and innovative product shows up on the market that is more efficient, more effective, greener and healthier. We regularly cruise the web looking for such gems a...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...water lines and a drain. Compare this to ripping out walls and running new electrical and water feeds throughout your house. A note of caution; do not actuall...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...water table. Images courtesy of Yanni Milon. Drain placement for slab on grade with high water table Drain placing with gravel and geotextile under a ...