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

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...rainwater can lead us to dozens of other practices that bring us into greater sustainability. The three potential sources for harvesting rainwater: Direct rainfall, street harvesting and roof harvesting. Design landscapes to manage and store rainwater: The easiest source of rainwater to collect is that which fa...

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...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...rainwater, the soil below cities has become so dehydrated that the city itself starts to sink. This can damage city infrastructure as well as present a greater flood risk for cities along the coast and even inland cities with water ways that are prone to flooding. We know many coastal cities are already at risk of fl...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...rainwater, which is then purified with a built-in filtration system. Check out Off Grid Quest to learn more. The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit © Nice Architects

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...

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 ...

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...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...Rainwater recycling ICF foundations Solar thermal Solar PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 ye...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for the house. © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Project Credits: Architect Nova T...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...rainwater from the roof. Less commuting: In many cases, ADUs are placed in neighbourhoods which are close to amenities so that the occupants may have short distances to travel to frequently-visited locations. Home offices and studios greatly decrease commutes. Higher density: With more housing options for people to...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...rainwater The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes only 6 liters per flush, which wasn’t mandatory until 2014. Water reuse is critical as well - wastewater from washing machines, showers, ba...