Essential Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide to Home-Scale System Design
ISBN: 0865718741
EAN13: 9780865718746
Language: English
Pages: 172
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 11.00" L x 9.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
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 vergepermaculture.ca from their suburban house and yard that they've transformed into a model of cold climate urban permaculture in Calgary, Alberta.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover 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 high-quality site-specific design and sensible maintenance. 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: Planning for full-property water security Guidance on navigating regulatory requirements Templates for building your own spreadsheet-based calculation tool Site-specific planning and spatial layout Materials and component design and selection System maintenance and upkeep. Incorporating the latest independent research, this practical resource provides DIYers, trades, and rainwater practitioners with the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design, confidently build, and maintain rainwater harvesting systems that produce quality water without necessarily needing end-of-line disinfection or sterilization. Accurate, precise, and detailed...buy one for yourself and it will be useful for all future generations. -- Geoff Lawton, Permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher Go to it! Become a rainwater harvester! Embrace your downpipes and filtration systems! And all the while with this brilliant book stuffed into your back pocket. -- Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement A crucial reference for design work. Accessible and quick to reference yet as thorough as one could ever need on the subject. -- Ben Falk, author, The Resilient Farm and Homestead A science-based approach that should help get your system set up and educate policymakers with the most recent research. -- Dave Boehnlein, author, Practical Permaculture Unique, with all the tools being provided for the calculations and explained clearly as well as fantastic advice on best location, materials selection, and plumbing connections. -- Rod Wiese, Managing Director and Principal Engineer, Storm Consulting An essential addition to every home owner's library. -- Rene Michalak, Governor, Canadian Association for Rainwater Management, Prairie Chapter Rob Avis , P.Eng and Michelle Avis , P.Eng own and operate Adaptive Habitat, a leadingedge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms and Verge Permaculture, a globally recognized award-winning education business. New Society's Sustainable Building Essentials Series aims to provide the highest quality information on sustainable building methods and materials. Editors Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin have scoured the world of sustainable building to bring you the techniques and systems that deliver measureable benefits in terms of greater energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers, and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project.
From the front Cover 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 high-quality site-specific design and sensible maintenance. 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: Planning for full-property water security Guidance on navigating regulatory requirements Templates for building your own spreadsheet-based calculation tool Site-specific planning and spatial layout Materials and component design and selection System maintenance and upkeep. Incorporating the latest independent research, this practical resource provides DIYers, trades, and rainwater practitioners with the essential tools, methods, and technical know-how to design, confidently build, and maintain rainwater harvesting systems that produce quality water without necessarily needing end-of-line disinfection or sterilization. Accurate, precise, and detailed...buy one for yourself and it will be useful for all future generations. -- Geoff Lawton, Permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher Go to it! Become a rainwater harvester! Embrace your downpipes and filtration systems! And all the while with this brilliant book stuffed into your back pocket. -- Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement A crucial reference for design work. Accessible and quick to reference yet as thorough as one could ever need on the subject. -- Ben Falk, author, The Resilient Farm and Homestead A science-based approach that should help get your system set up and educate policymakers with the most recent research. -- Dave Boehnlein, author, Practical Permaculture Unique, with all the tools being provided for the calculations and explained clearly as well as fantastic advice on best location, materials selection, and plumbing connections. -- Rod Wiese, Managing Director and Principal Engineer, Storm Consulting An essential addition to every home owner's library. -- Rene Michalak, Governor, Canadian Association for Rainwater Management, Prairie Chapter Rob Avis , P.Eng and Michelle Avis , P.Eng own and operate Adaptive Habitat, a leadingedge property design firm for resilient homes, acreages, and farms and Verge Permaculture, a globally recognized award-winning education business. New Society's Sustainable Building Essentials Series aims to provide the highest quality information on sustainable building methods and materials. Editors Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin have scoured the world of sustainable building to bring you the techniques and systems that deliver measureable benefits in terms of greater energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers, and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project.

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