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Ecodrain greywater heat recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...recovery that looks quite promising. If you aren't familiar with the term, greywater heat recovery devices, as their name suggests, are used to recover heat from drain water before it is discharged from homes. In order to work they require water tanks to be filling while hot water is draining, so the functional use o...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...recovery units that capture some of the heat from shower drain water have carved out their own place in the green building market, but showers like the Orbsys and EcoVéa one-up even that type of system. The more dire our climate situation seems to get, the more brilliant minds we see step up and provide us with seemi...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are an essential component of any air-sealed high performance home, bringing in fresh air and removing moisture. An HRV uses the heat in stale exhaust air to warm incoming fresh air. Until now, this has meant a centralized heat transfer core and a network of ducts feeding and drawing air thr...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...Recovery Ventilators). The point of these systems is to remove moisture and provide fresh air to your home that is pre-heated by the outgoing air. © Van EE The core of an HRV has small separated channels that air passes through, allowing incoming air to be preheated by exhaust air. There are no heating coils, y...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Why Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...recovery from exhaust air is becoming common place in cold regions, and two types of equipment can do this - an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) and an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation.) Both HRVs and ERVs are somewhat new to mainstream home construction, and can often be confused. In an effort to clear that up, we wi...

DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...recovery ventilation (HRV) system is very different than what people are probably used to seeing, where air is directed to a centralized core for a heat exchange before being exhausted from the house. Lunos is a decentralized system with a series of self-contained units, each with their own ceramic heat exchange core. ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres per day, and 150 litres per person per day in France. Hopefully, as we see the beginnings of water shortages hit closer to home, this serious issue will garn...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...recovery Grey water heat recovery drain pipe © Ecohome Grey water heat recovery is a system that runs your hot water intake through thin copper pipes wrapped around your shower drain, so the water feeding your hot water tank is preheated by the hot water going down the drain. The model shown above with a vertic...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...recovery Drain water heat recovery: Before entering your water heater, the cold water feed goes through thin copper pipes wrapped around the drain. Heat from the draining water therefore warms the incoming water before it enters the water heater. This is another big money and energy saver worth the investment. Fo...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...recovery ventilation to minimize heat losses; and Energy Star appliances and LED lighting to minimize electrical loads. The asymmetrical gabled roof also leverages coastal storms, collecting rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for the house. ...