Water efficiency / Guides

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...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in durable energy-efficient upgrades is wise. Don't just start jamming insulation into every crack and corner for show, be sure it's done properly. Read about easy home upgrades for ...

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?

...efficiency variable capacity air-to-air source heat pump manufactured by Mitsubishi™ with a direct expansion coil air handling unit (AHU) and a multi-speed fan to supply warm and cold air for space heating and cooling. House B Heated with a 13.3 kW high efficiency ground source heat pump manufactured by WaterFurnac...

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...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...water sparingly and often for best effect. Check for water leaks! – Any pipes carrying water in the house, both delivery of hot and cold or heating and evacuation, should be checked for leaks and any leaks fixed promptly. All excess humidity in a home’s structure is best removed at the source – so also check gutters,...

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...

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...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...water seepage from all sources (rain, condensation, snow and ice) as well as power outages and earthquakes. Features: Autonomous water (well water and rainwater harvesting) Autonomous energy systems (photovoltaic solar panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly re...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...water you consume. Keep in mind that the cheapest way to ensuring a solar collector provides a high percentage of your water heating is to reduce demand – it will cost you much less to install low-flow shower heads and fixtures than it will to buy an extra panel to meet all your hot water needs. Solar installation ...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people want a piece of that shrinking pie. To be able to offer your family a safe, warm home and enough to eat without relying on societal infrastructure is what defines resilience. After a lifetime of teaching i...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Water Efficiency (15 points) The goal of this category is to reduce the overall consumption of water inside the home and out. Points are earned for water conscious home design including efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings; and reducing outdoor irrigation needs through rain water collection and water recycling...