Residential water efficiency / Guides

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows that efficiency and significantly cuts the energy required to meet our domestic hot water needs. ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...efficiency in one package looks like. Drain water heat recovery Drain water heat recovery: Before entering your water heater, the cold water feed goes t...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...water pumped directly from a supply well (75 to 100 feet deep) in order to draw and inject heat. Water is pumped out of the first well, and after the heat excha...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...water quality returning to the Fraser River from the site. Throughout the site, green space is being built to offer habitat for songbirds that live near the wat...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a similar concrete-ba...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...water you consume. Keep in mind that the cheapest way to ensuring a solar collector provides a high percentage of your water heating is to reduce demand – it ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...efficiency of a home comes from its location more than its design. It may seem counterintuitive, but living in a well-insulated suburban house with a solar wate...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...efficiency heating system High-efficiency air cooling system or no air cooling system Good quality attic insulation ENERGY STAR® qualified windows install...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Efficiency, Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship and Water Conservation. Since the pilot is looking to advance the commoditization of net zero energ...

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

Grey water recycling

...water? The term “grey water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. While grey water can be re...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...water leakage at the joints in the corners. Vinyl / PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Windows: Pros: Resistant to moisture, insects, corrosion; reasonably good i...