Water efficiency / Guides

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...water heaters , on demand water heaters and instantaneous water heaters are different names for the same thing - domestic hot water systems that do not include the storage tank that comes with traditional water heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some climates, provided they use gas-fire...

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...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...efficiency of your home. Ontario: Examples of Programs Supporting Home Energy Efficiency Home Audit and Retrofit programs that provide homeowners with incentives to make energy efficiency upgrades. Under the programs, homeowners can receive incentive levels that typically range between $1,000 and $2,500 for energy audi...

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...

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...

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...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...water efficiency, energy efficiency, accessibility, etc. It’s basically a sandbox to test and evaluate green building technologies,” said Glenn MacMillan, senior manager of water and energy at TRCA. No one will live in these particular houses, they will serve as research and training facilities only. Hopefully soon, ho...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...