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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...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...for toilets or for irrigation of your garden. It does, however, require a substantial plumbing investment and will eat up some real estate in your basement. So at the price of water, don’t hold your breath waiting for the payback on that one. You could also install composting toilets . They don’t use water, they do...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Gray water recycling

...toilets 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

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging Beachaus I is now waiting for its final certification of LEED Platinum from the Canada Green Building Council. LEED (Leaders...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...for groups in your area, and watch our events page for workshops on everything from rainwater harvesting and urban farming to installing renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, an...

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...

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...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...for free) and we will let you know the moment they are available. 5. Statutory building performance disclosure requirements Towards the end of 2019, several cities implemented regulations requiring mandatory disclosure of the energy-efficiency of homes before resale. This is a huge leap forward in providing homeown...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...for waste are holding tanks and composting toilets. Both require maintenance and neither comes cheap. The options for potable water are rainwater storage and treatment or filling up somewhere, also costly or a hassle. The options for power are installing solar panels and batteries or finding a place to plug in, like an...