Techniques for water efficiency / Guides

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...

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

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...water. Rainwater collection and storage: A water catchment system for roof rainwater is simple, and can store water for outdoor irrigation. ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...For more information see our LEED certification pages here. ENERGY STAR for New Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes re...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...water? Yes, unfortunately radon is water-soluble and can enter homes that rely on well water, particularly as water is aerated by showers and sinks. Links to ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...water passes through a Waterloo Biofilter . The system is designed to treat 600 litres of rainwater per day, which is done without using any chemicals. Water ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Water Heat Recovery System . The foundation’s sump pump is equipped with a valve to allow for watering of the yard. Annual water consumption of the home is 140,...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...water pipes throughout your house. Low flow showerheads are great for heat reduction and energy efficiency , When you add it all up, the amount of heat gene...

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

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...formance. Thanks to R-2000 certification, quality assurance will be provided for builders and homes that are attaining net zero energy home levels of performa...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...for all intents and purposes 'water', basement walls need to dry to the inside. Common building practice does not account for this, and a disturbingly high nu...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...for her work, but then stated “ Unfortunately, recent actions by PHIUS have culminated both in breaches of contract and good faith, unnecessarily reinforcing fa...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...formance for our expected solar electric contribution for a couple of reasons. First, the batteries didn't age well in their first year of use due to some overl...

Search...