Storm water management / Guides

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

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...storm drains to underground creeks, and polluted water can run straight into nearby waterways and aquifers. If there are ways to divert water-to-water storage areas, you can change street rainwater from being a problem to a resource. The third source of rainwater is the roof. Even in areas with low rainfall there is ...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes priorities are not mutually exclusive." -Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency The report, which identifies the deep synergies between green building and resiliency, advances several firsts in the field, such as: Examining the implications of climate change for green building and iden...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...storm water runoff with silt fencing or comparable measures. Protect on-site storm sewer inlets, streams and lakes with straw bales, silt fencing, silt sacks, rock filters, or comparable measures. Provide swales to divert surface water from hillsides. If soils in sloped areas are disturbed during construction use...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...water. Adding to that problem is the fact much of human development involves altering the earth so that water cannot penetrate it. Not only can onsite water management reduce your consumption, but it also protects waterways. Impermeable surfaces redirect water and all the contaminants from roads and cities either dir...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...water systems that account for downstream ecosystem impacts, or by recycling used project water. Water must be appropriately purified without the use of chemicals. 6) Ecological water flow: One hundred percent of storm water and used project water discharge must be managed onsite to feed the project’s internal wate...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...water: City water systems will remain pressurized during power failures, but for those on a well, they require power to pump water up and fill pressure tanks. If you receive a local extreme weather warning that could lead to a power outage, fill a bathtub for toilet flushing and other emergency water uses. All you ha...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...storm water management and other key issues that reduce the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. LEED certification is easiest to achieve in the city due to rewards for proximity to public transportation and other services. A LEED certified home in the country likely had to make up for lost connectivity points by exc...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...water table to begin with, but water tables rise during the spring snow melt, and without proper basement drainage (French drains or weeping tiles at foundation footings) you could have a big problem as water forces it's way in. Dig a hole to build a basement and it often starts to fill with water very quickly - no...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...water-table issues to contend with. Durable basement construction: Water tables can rise from normal spring melting, extreme rain events, or a lack of proper rainwater management from roof runoff . A durable basement is one designed to divert any bulk water away from the foundation and to handle the higher humidity...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...water, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable garden obviously requires a lot of maintenance, an irrigation system, and you'll need structural reinforcement to support the added weight. Creating access to the roof to enjoy the space can be expensive, so factor that cost in as well. Lifespan and cost:...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...storm water management to energy efficiency and renewable energy research. Ecohome will summarize and deliver this valuable information to our readers. Quite often there is a chasm separating those conducting research from those in the field who would greatly benefit from the research conclusions and we are hoping to...