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Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...water a day, less than one Canadian flush. Make it a habit - 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 no reason. Taking shorter showers and smaller baths, limiting flushing, and washing your hands...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water: We will discuss a number of ways to conserve water, particularly hot water, but all of that starts with using less in the first place! Choosing low flow fixtures 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...

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 baseboards will transfer heat in the same way as electric resistant heat sources. So for comparison shopping, efficiency of heat generation isn't as much an issue as ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...and efficiency in one package looks like. Drain water heat recovery Drain water heat recovery: Before entering your water heater, the cold water feed goes through thin copper pipes wrapped around the drain. Heat from the draining water therefore warms the incoming water before it enters the water heater. This i...

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 needed in the future. And it should go without saying, but be sure to make a clear map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electr...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...and a bath and kitchen are independently supplied by rainwater,” said senior Mike Magnotta. “At the end of the day, you just need the environment to sustain yourself. You’re not tied down to a piece of land and be stuck somewhere. You can really go anywhere and do anything.” Students broke into teams to study and d...

Ecodrain greywater recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...water calculator that can quickly tell you if your showering habits make you a canditate for saving some cash. And have a look at the company's promotional video if you want to see what exactly is going on inside that mysterious white tube... See more about plumbing and water heaters in Green Homes here

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 actually hook up water and electrical lines, simply have them ready. The same thing applies to water; run lines towards a main water feed ready for future installation...

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 the storage tank that comes with traditional water heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some climates, provided they use gas-fire...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater from the ro...

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

...Water conservation: All plumbing 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 140,0...