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. You could also install composting toilets . They don’t use water, they don’t require septic systems, and they don’t pollute waterways. Not necessarily for your d...

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 ring to hold it in place. It works, but given that its success lies in the installer doing a good job on crimping, there is room for error even if that is a small...

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 embedded in concrete aren’t going to move, so….plan ahead! Don’t rush into a design; first make sure it flows well. You could also plan for future renovations with fl...

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 tubes through the pipe rather than an expensive remodelling project involving opening walls. A bit of real estate is required in the basement as well for a storage ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...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 embedded in concrete aren’t going to move, so….plan ahead! Don’t rush into a design, ; first make sure it flows well. You could also plan for future renovations with ...

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 convert a bedroom into a granny suite if you planned ahead for a separate entrance and ran wires and pipes for a kitchenette and bathroom. If you anticipate d...

Ecodrain greywater recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

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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, footsteps. What kind of construction is involved? Before any improvement can be considered the construction details must be determined, not only for the party wal...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...plumbing and other mechanical infrastructure you will have to do anyway throughout your house, so don’t think of it as added cost. In fact with a slab that can all be done cheaper. Laying out plumbing and wiring on a flat surface is a lot easier than drilling a thousand holes and fishing wires through studs and joists....

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 construction. As all plumbing work will be embedded in concrete, the accuracy of location, drain height and proper sloping of drains is essential. Install raft slab ...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space). The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one...