Rainwater collection / Guides

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...rainwater, as ground water will usually contain minerals that over time will build up in soil and reduce its ability to produce. Rainwater collection barrel © Ecohome You can install elaborate rainwater collection systems with underground cisterns and pumps, or you can simply have your eaves trough drain right ...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...Rainwater collection and storage: A water catchment system for roof rainwater is simple, and can store water for outdoor irrigation. Rainwater harvesting 'first flush' clean out © Michael Casey Gutters: Rainwater gathers in gutters, is directed to the downspout, or a 'first flush' pipe, ...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...rainwater collection by installing diverters in downpipes and filling a large garbage bin, but with this system there is no “first flush diverter” to remove impurities from the first quantity of rainwater from the roof. Water can be distributed from the bin/tank using gravity or a small pump. Types of rainwater colle...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Rainwater collection: For watering gardens, rain water collection is a great solution. You should be diverting water from your home anyway, so you likely have an eaves trough system. For under a hundred dollars you can buy a rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...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 person, that could be easily towed behind a ty...

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

Gray water recycling

...collection and recycling of gray water to help preserve our quickly dwindling water supply. The collection of gray water requires a double-piped drainage system throughout the home. The water must then be filtered and purified for reuse. There are currently a number of gray water collection and treatment systems avai...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMADs right off the grid." The folks at NOMAD Micro Home want to make high-performance, low impact housing affordable to the masses. Their indiegogo crowdfunding campaign helped them do exactly that. See another beautiful tiny house here in the EcoHome Green B...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...rainwater collection systems ." While the company is based in Seattle, Washington - where recent Tiny House legislation has made Tiny Homes legal for permanent residency , FabCab components can be shipped anywhere in North America. The company is expanding to work with suppliers in different regions across the countr...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...collection and use of rainwater, the concrete tank along with the required network of pipes and filters to render water potable represents increased resource consumption, complication and cost compared to the more simplistic approach involving water conservation, collecting rain in a barrel for your garden, and hooking...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a cistern for efficient rainwater re-use, water-conserving fixtures, and use of drought-tolerant native plants, are measures on almost any house. We used a geothermal system for heating through water-to-water heat pumps and bottom up ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...collection of tiny houses would then be a called a row house, or as mentioned above, a semi-detached duplex. When a tiny house is a bad idea: Aside from their home size minimums, many cities have bylaws limiting the amount of time you can park a mobile home in a laneway, some as little as 24 hours. So you may need ...