Water efficiency / Guides

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:...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...efficiency and BTUs delivered through electric radiators, furnaces, convection heaters or boilers for hydronic radiant floors all fall within the category of ‘electric heat’, and are all equally efficient on a BTU per watt basis. They are also equal in efficiency to the heat input you would get from an electric stove, ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...water The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes only 6 liters per flush, which wasn’t mandatory until 2014. Water reuse is critical as well - wastewater from washing machines, showers, bathtu...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...water heat recovery, and high performance heating and ventilation systems – saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The homes were completed in three phases over three years, and have now been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the CaGBC. They are now all occupied by very happy families. “Through...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...water tank. A heat exchanger consisting of a set of copper coils containing the heated glycol pass heat to the domestic water in the tank. Because this setup uses a relatively powerful boiler when heating the water, it is actually able to provide continuous hot water for such things as bathing. The water heater is set ...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...water temperature, air temperature, humidity, and surface area of the pool. A flat, tranquil swimming pool will have a water surface area equal to the physical dimensions of the pool. Ripples and waves on the pool increase the surface area of the water exposing more of the surface to the colder air on all but the hotte...

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

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Water conservation: All plumbing fixtures are low-flow. The residual heat in wastewater is collected through a single stack drain that is connected to a Drain 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 140,0...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging Beachaus I is now waiting for its fin...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...water conversation in arid climates and water-sensitive regions. Demonstrating how consideration of climate resilience in buildings can increase the likelihood of achieving performance goals throughout the lifetime of a project. The National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and National Security in the 21s...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Water Leaks from Windows & Doors One thing is certain, water only runs downhill - unless that is it has a reason to do otherwise. When installing windows and doors the first basic rule is to "think like water" - ensure that all openings are flashed and taped appropriately and to code so that water that wants to run d...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can easily provide 60% or more of your heating and hot water in the winter and almost all your hot water needs in the summer. With a w...