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Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...water heaters on the market, which, rather than heating water with an electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, employ an evaporator to extract heat from the air (either interior or exterior) and use it to make hot water. The byproduct of an air-to-water heat pump after it extracts heat is cold air, so ...

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

...water efficiency of bidets , learn more about home water efficiency and conservation of natural resources in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . DIY Home Bidet kits - compare online here Water efficient toilets that work well Are low-flow shower heads worth it? Tips for reducing hot water c...

Ecodrain greywater heat recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

...water heat 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 funct...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...water heat pump. The air to water heat pump extracts heat from ambient air inside the home and transfers it to the hot water tank, offering efficient air conditioning in summer. As for heat storage, a thermal battery such as this can store 10 times more energy compared to an equal volume of water. It is anticipated t...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...water heat recovery: One of the most overlooked ways energy leaves a home is from hot water going down the drain, taking your money with it. The concept of grey water heat recovery is to reclaim that heat before it leaves your house. It simply involves your cold water feed taking a short detour before entering your wat...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...efficiency of a building or site in their use of energy, water, and materials and two, reducing building impacts on human health and the environment”. The USGBC was founded In 1993 in the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) boardroom, instigated by representatives from over 60 firms and nonprofits. The USGBC was ...

Real estate

Real estate

...water and sewers (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: for interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community:...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater...

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. Now you know about heat pumps and how they work, learn more about efficient home heating and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the followi...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...efficiency - ask to see utility bills Quality heating equimpment and affordability in operation Exterior durability - building enclosures and water management Interior air quality Interior durability - water resistant surfaces in wet areas Interior design and functionality of space Soundproofing from the ex...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...efficiency plumbing and water fixtures Clean water is essential for life, but most people in North America don't think much about the water they use for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation. Freshwater scarcity manifests itself in the depletion of groundwater, and the drying up of rivers and lakes upon which pe...