Plumbing / Guides

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...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...plumbing and water conservation , and all about sustainable and energy efficient home design in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages .

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 ...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...plumbing fixtures and lighting, to proceed simultaneously, reducing overall construction time. As each module was finished, it was tested for compliance with Passive House standards. As fabrication proceeded, a crew was working on site to prepare the concrete pad foundations, a pressure-treated exterior foundation ...

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...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...plumbing and electrical systems. Operating costs: Our engineer has estimated the annual consumption of this house to be between 12 and 15 kWh per square meter; with regional utility rates that would translate into heating and cooling costs of under $200 annually.

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...plumbing, electrical and ventilation openings, and how to ensure windows and doors are properly sealed . New BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Code puts buildings into two basic categories – Part 9 and Part 3 . BC step code part 9 – Thi...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...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 140,000 litres; 28,000 litres...

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?

...plumbing and water fixtures Clean water is essential for life, but most people in North America don't think much about the water they use for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation. Freshwater scarcity manifests itself in the depletion of groundwater, and the drying up of rivers and lakes upon which people depend...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Plumbing systems are normally accessible from the basement or a crawl space, but not so with a slab. The nature of a slab-on-grade means plumbing systems will be permanently fixed in the concrete and not easily modified. Installing a second toilet on an existing drain pipe is virtually impossible in this situation, s...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...plumbing, drywalling or installing kitchen cabinets. Unless you plan to make a career of it afterwards, there are learning curves that will mean you are probably better to stay at your own job to generate the funds needed to pay someone to do they job they are good at. 4. Don’t build too big: This goes hand in hand...