Plumbing / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...plumbing and wiring through those existing openings is a lot quicker than drilling hundreds of holes, so even just financially speaking it makes sense. That gives you a variety of building envelopes for you to choose from; to learn more about Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundati...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

We found this video at Whole Systems Design , a New England based company who identify, design, and develop human habitats. In their own words from their website : "We design and implement regenerative food, fuel, and shelter systems that operate on current solar energy. These are homesteads, farms and schools fit for...

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...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...plumbing and electrical wiring penetrations. There are countless places for something to go even a little wrong, and without fail, air pressure will find your mistakes. The best home design and execution happens when you aim for perfection but assume future failure. You can say that about a lot of things I guess, but...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...plumbing from the equation, you'll usually have better luck getting a permit to build (or have delivered) an additional structure on a property. I have a home office that is 48 square feet and twenty feet from my house; it's close enough for power, wireless internet and a cordless phone. I just go to the house when I'm...

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.

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

What is gray water? Or indeed grey water! The term “gray water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. While gray water can be reused, water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers is generally not recycled as it contains substantial amounts of grease and org...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...plumbing work. More powerful models might even require a complete revision of your electrical power infrastructure. Modern homes are generally set up with 200 amp / 240 volt electrical service capacity. Using an electrical instantaneous water heater would require increasing input current to 300 amps and replacing the...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

setting up a rainwater catchment system If it is not for financial reasons, why are you installing a water tank? Here are some reasons: To do your part for water conservation; to be able to water your garden with some independence from water restrictions; to use rainwater for laundry, showers and toilets; ...

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...

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

Should we consider adding a bidet? Although quite popular in Africa, Asia and Europe, the bidet has been slow to gain popularity in America . Could it be that we are just creatures of habit? Does the idea of a jet of water blasting your nether regions seem a hard leap to make at first? Well, you’re probably not th...