Essential Rainwater Harvesting
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Essential Rainwater Harvesting


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151 Pages

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Design a rainwater harvesting system for any home in any climate

  • This book is part of the Sustainable Building Essentials Series
  • The authors are co-owners of Verge Permaculture and Adaptive Habitat
  • Both authors are professional engineers
  • They have spent 5 years designing, installing and teaching about rainwater harvesting
  • They have converted their suburban (Calgary) house into a permaculture project complete with front-yard food forest, water-harvesting systems, passive solar greenhouse, and energy retrofits
  • As climate change continues to alter livable environments, the need to collect and control rainwater when it happens will become more and more important
  • This book covers the nuts and bolts of rainwater harvesting systems for both warm and cold climates
  • It covers system planning, gutters, downspouts, tank, and pump design
  • Rainwater harvesting represents one of the largest new business opportunities for the next decade
  • US and Canada are developing a joint North American Rainwater Harvesting Standard
  • Authors blog at vergepermaculture.c/blog-2/
  • Intended Audience: DIYers, homesteaders, engineers, architects, plumbers, roofers and gutter installation professionals, building exterior tradespeople, municipalities, landscapers, septic installers, plumbers

International: The authors were interns at Nordic Folkcentre for Renewable Energy in Denmark and studied permaculture in Canada, the US, and Australia

Design a rainwater harvesting system for any home in any climate.

Water is a crucial resource increasingly under stress. Yet rainfall, even in arid climates, can make up a sizable portion of any home, acreage, or farm's water requirements if harvested and utilized with care. The key is appropriate planning and high-quality site- and climate-specific design.

Essential Rainwater Harvesting is a comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems for the warm and cold climates of the world. Presenting design considerations and approaches for the most common household rainwater supply scenarios – primary, supplemental, and off-grid supply – this step-by-step approach covers:

  • Considerations for full-property water security
  • Demand planning and conservation strategies
  • Supply calculations and design implications for extreme rainfall and drought
  • Materials selection and water quality
  • System and site assessment
  • Sizing and design of gutters, conveyance, tanks, and pumps
  • Pre-filtration, filtration, and disinfection options
  • System maintenance and upkeep

This practical resource provides DIYers, trades, and rainwater practitioners with the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design, build, and maintain rainwater harvesting systems anywhere.

Rob Avis, P.Eng and Michelle Avis, P.Eng own and operate Adaptive Habitat, a leading edge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms and Verge Permaculture, a globally recognized award-winning education business. They have over 20 years of combined experience in project management, ecological design, and sustainable technologies, which they share at from their suburban house and yard that they've transformed into a model of cold climate urban permaculture in Calgary, Alberta.



How To Use This Book

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Fundamentals

Chapter 3: Feasibility

Chapter 4: Anatomy of a Rainwater System

Chapter 5: Collection and Pre-Filtration

Chapter 6: Storage

Chapter 7: Pumps

Chapter 8: Assuring End-Use Water Quality

Conclusion: The Importance of Good Design

Appendix A: Conversion Table

Resources and References


About the Authors

A Note About the Publisher



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Published 11 December 2018
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EAN13 9781771422628
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