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Reducing Environmental Footprint

Recycled content

  • Choosing materials and products made from recycled content reduces the need and energy to extract new materials. They are resource efficient and produce less waste than typical products and usually have a long life cycle, requiring less maintenance.

Local materials

  • The use of local materials is encouraged, thereby reducing transportation energy and costs, and stimulating the local economy.

Preserving natural beauty

  • Preserving mature trees and complimenting them with natural landscapes and native species requires less watering and attention while keeping the natural beauty.

Water conservation

Low flow toilets

  • Reduce flush volumes in single-family dwellings.
  • Flushing toilets accounts for 35% of household water usage.

Waterless urinals

  • Are capable of saving thousands of litres of water per year and eliminating water and sewer costs normally incurred by toilets.

Restricted flow shower heads and faucets

  • Can reduce water use by 20% to 40%.

Rain and snowmelt harvesting systems

  • Simple as rain barrels or an advanced rain collection system.
  • Decrease water bills.

Grey water recycling

  • Using “grey water” from showers and taps in the toilets can save money on water bills, while helping the environment. The City of Edmonton currently does not permit grey water recycling but we anticipate it will be available in the near future. A house can be made grey water ready with minimal time and effort.

Drain water heat recovery

  • Devices such as a drain water heat recovery are encouraged. This device transfers energy from warm waste water to incoming cold water, which in turn supplies the hot water heater. The best part is it consumes no energy, reduces carbon emissions, has no moving parts, and is maintenance free.

Smart thermostats

  • Smart thermostats provide convenience, insight, and control.
  • Learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you’re asleep or away.
  • Provide home energy use data that you can track and manage.
  • Give you control of home heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone.

Energy efficient appliances

  • Energy Star rated appliances are highly recommended. Household appliances, such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and water coolers, account for up to 14% of the energy used in the average Canadian home.

Lighting

  • Window placement can optimized for size and location to gain maximum natural light. This reduces the artificial lighting demand.
  • Thanks to impressive energy efficiency gains in lighting products over the past couple of years, household lighting remains at 4% of the energy used in the average Canadian home, despite an increase in the number of fixtures in homes.
  • ENERGY STAR certified lighting products have big benefits over standard ones. They are designed and rigorously tested to last longer, provide better light quality, offer better compatibility with other products, and have warrantees to back them up.
  • The Solatube Daylighting System is an advanced day lighting product. With breakthrough technology, design, and materials, it provides an abundance of pure, clear natural light for any interior spaces.

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