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

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...for example, that small roof could collect 53,000 litres of water. 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 gather...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...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; for increased ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...for hot water, we watch a lot of water go by for no reason. Taking shorter showers and smaller baths, limiting flushing, and washing your hands with cold instead of waiting for hot are some pretty simple ways that can significantly reduce your consumption. Water plants with the water from dehumidifiers or leftover ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale walls. "The treatment of human waste into useful compost rather than being one of the largest environmental problems facing our waterways is absolutely key to m...

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

Gray water recycling

...for reduced water use - USA & Canada Rainwater recovery and irrigation Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...For one, the lifecycle of the batteries that are necessary for the storage of energy represent an embodied ecological cost that is not often considered (although battery technology has greatly advanced since then). Further to that, while we offer full kudos for the collection and use of rainwater, the concrete tank a...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...for occupants as a priority. A home must be relatively simple and affordable to occupy, operate and maintain. Features: Ease of access to mechanical components for routine maintenance Designed for human comfort and ease of use. Exceptional indoor air quality Natural lighting Covered parking and entrances ...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...for details . This should come as music to the ears of folks in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico and Nevada - for whom living with water-shortages and drought is becoming an unfortunate way of life - and for these areas a viable gray water treatment and recycling system that's designed for both ...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...fort in even prolonged overcast conditions. However, at levels of thermal performance like that of the Kenogami House, a centrally located single heater of approximately 2100 w (similar to a powerful hairdryer) would likely be more than sufficient during the most extreme cold, and for the most part not be used at all...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...for it to dry. Roof design - simple is better than complicated: Aesthetics are important for quality of life and value, but you should always design primarily for function. Your roof is there to protect your home, so don’t let style take precedence over durability. Skylights are very popular for the natural l...