Greener city living through interwoven systems

February 4, 2014 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Environment Response Architecture (ERA Architects) achieved a completely autonomous, Johannesburg based home, by carefully integrating the architectural design and services, and considering each element of the home, and how to reduce its impact on the environment. During the design process of house Jones the following environmental issues needed to be taken into account; Energy use,

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What is a dry system what is a wet system?

November 8, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

What is a dry system and what is a wet system? A dry system is one where rainwater drains through downpipes into a rainwater tank and after it has finished raining, all rainwater leaves the pipework. There is thus no stagnant rainwater sitting in the pipes. A wet system is where the rainwater downpipes leading

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Rainwater harvest from tanks: can you drink it?

September 5, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Water collected in rainwater harvesting tanks provided in a low-cost housing project in Kleinmond, Western Cape, does not meet the standards for drinking water, unless treated, according to the findings of a Water Research Commission (WRC) study. As demand for water grows in South Africa, alternative sources are actively being sought to augment conventional water

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Six things you should know about rainwater harvesting in the desert

June 26, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Brad Lancaster is an expert in rainwater harvesting and water management in the desert. The Tucson native will be in Las Vegas on June 22 for a water-use workshop sponsored by Great Basin Permaculture. 1. The secret to urban water harvesting is using the many impermeable surfaces that surround us: roofs, streets, sidewalks and driveways.

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Great Potential Lies Within Large-Scale Water Harvesting

June 26, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

On dry continents such as Australia, the harvesting of water is crucial in ensuring water security. Rainwater tanks are common in rural Australia and water harvesting is an important part of most newly-constructed buildings in both urban and rural settings through the Green Star rating system, but Australians are still letting too much of the

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Is greywater recycling sustainable

June 12, 2013 By In Uncategorized No Comment

Excellent article by Timony Siebert, Environmental Consultant for Talbot & Talbot Access to water is an urgent issue facing Southern Africa; nearly 100 million people lack adequate access to water. While access to water has become a global concern, solutions remain local, as scarcity varies from region to region depending on the combination of socio-economic

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