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Water Conservation: Leave It to Beavers?

Posted by Ron Jones

Sep 15, 2014 8:56:00 AM

Water should go—we all know—to those who tend it, who use it, who love it, who dance for it, and it should flow downhill from stream to river, and river to sea. – “Dancing for Water,” Stanley Crawford, 1990

LIKE ALL GUERILLA FIGHTERS, the beaver is most effective at night. The hours between dusk and dawn belong to him; under cover of darkness he is more than capable of overpowering our stubborn but feeble daytime efforts to keep the irrigation gate clear, the water flowing.

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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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Uponor Flexible Plumbing Makes Historic Retrofit Possible

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 2, 2014 7:27:00 AM

A MASSIVE RENOVATION of the old Portland Press building in Portland, Maine, is underway. I took a tour last week through the building to chronicle its sustainability efforts. Like many buildings erected in the 1920s, it was built with vast amounts of concrete, framed with huge steel i-beams. According to project manager Alyssa Parker, crews have faced some daunting work drilling through that concrete, to make way for a completely new plumbing system. One smart move was to specify PEX-a-Pipe tubing from Uponor. Not only is the stuff color coded, it's also forgiving, and this particular brand of PEX is one of the most flexible. It forgives and bends easily around ancient beams and mechanicals.

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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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VIDEO: Dual-Flush Toilet Converter

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 12, 2014 9:36:00 AM

SOMETIMES IN A BATHROOM REMODELING JOB, the homeowner wants to keep their current toilet, but would love to have a water-saving dual-flush toilet. Tap-n-Flush is a quick installed, universal flush converter that claims to work on any toilet without leakage. For landlords in particular, this could be a great, low-cost way to help save water and increase money savings. This video shows how to install it on most toilets.

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