Residential water efficiency / Guides

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 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 an...

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. Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Passive House homes : The benefits of coupling air source and water heater heat pumps Comparing gro...

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 exchange is carried out, it gets injected into the second well. Geothermal open loop system © Alexandre Gilbert Open-loop systems have a very high thermal ef...

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 water. The waterfront will all be publicly accessible with walking and biking trails, along great access to an existing a public pier. The resulting developmen...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...water than metal or concrete. The impact of concrete and steel compared to wood: Environmental impact compared to wood: Embodied energy Climate impact Negative impact on air quality Negative impact on water Ressources consumed by weight Waste produced METAL: +53% +23% +74% +247% +1...

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 water heater is less ‘green’ than living in a poorly insulated house on a good bus route. Another problem related to unrestrained urban sprawl is the disappearanc...

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 will cost you much less to install low-flow shower heads and fixtures than it will to buy an extra panel to meet all your hot water needs. Solar installation ...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...water. It can also sequester 5 times more CO² than wood during the same growing period. In addition, it can bring value to idle land since it is grown as part of a normal crop rotation. Thanks to experienced business partners and the support of provincial and municipal governments, Nature Fibres has quickly establish...

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

Gray water recycling

...water? Or indeed grey water! The term “gray water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. While gray water can be reused, water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers is generally not recycled as it contains substantial amounts of grease and organic matter. W...

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 installed with no cracks or air gaps ENERGY STAR qualified hot water system or solar or tankless hot water system ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air...

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

...efficiency. Their handy opening systems ensure effective ventilation and ease of care. With aluminum and wood blending, these windows offered a variety of arrangements possiblities and a wide selection of colors for exterior cladding which reduce maintenance. What do I need to know about windows? The energy efficie...