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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...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...plumbing and wiring, along with framing future door openings. So when that day comes, rather than a major disruptive renovation, you already have the infrastructure in place to create a new bathroom and kitchen. This can also be an excellent resale feature, by making it easier for future owners to make those changes ...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...plumbing and water efficiency , energy efficient home design and all you need to know to build sustainable healthy homes in the Ecohome green building guide pages.

Ecodrain greywater heat recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...plumbing and water heaters in Green Homes here

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....

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 after the pour. INSULATION AND AIR / VAPOUR BARRIERS FOR SLAB ON GRADE: Install anchor bolts and lateral insulating panels and then the center panels. Next, cut around the plumbing system and mechanical equipment. Ensure that there are no gaps in the insulation, even in problem areas. Install a polye...

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...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...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...

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 .

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as well. The EcoVéa shower by Reveeco is made in Quebec, Canada, and works based on the same principles as the Orbys we recently w...