Plumbing / Guides

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...plumbing investment and will eat up some real estate in your basement. So at the price of water, don’t hold your breath waiting for the payback on that one. Y...

Milwaukee expander tool for Uponor pex tubing
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing just got faster and easier with the Milwaukee ProPEX expander tool - video

Traditional pex piping is installed by slipping a metal ring over the exterior of the pipe, then slipping a union or any other joint inside and crimping the ri...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...Plumbing and electrical: this is really the only thing that doesn’t have an easy work-around in a slab on grade foundation. Plumbing and electrical lines embedd...

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

Hydronic heating

...plumbing pipe from your attic to your utility room. By doing so, installing solar panels (thermal or photovoltaic) is a simple matter of fishing wires or tube...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...Plumbing and electrical: this is really the only thing that doesn’t have an easy work-around in a slab on grade foundation. Plumbing and electrical lines embedd...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...Plumbing and wiring: Some of the biggest challenges in changing the layout of a home include plumbing and electricity. Imagine how much easier it would be to ...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...plumbing noise. Impact sound: Sound that is generated when some object strikes the structure of the building. Examples: door slamming, a hammer blow, footst...

Ecodrain greywater recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...plumbing and water heaters in Green Homes here

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

...plumbing, electrical conduits and radon gas evacuation tubes. Note: We would strongly recommend seeking a plumber with experience in slab-on-grade construct...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...plumbing, central vacuum tubes, phone and internet lines, speaker wires, and most importantly, tubing for radiant floor heat . A slab-on-grade means no baseme...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...plumbing, electricity, ventilation) and seal all above-ground extremities before pouring the cement. For a video on radon barrier installation under a slab on...