A ten thousand liter rainwater cistern
was retrofitted into the basement and plumbed to the toilets (a first for the City of Ottawa), exterior hose bibs, and rooftop vegetable garden irrigation system.
The site also features a renovated greenhouse with a rainwater cistern
. Preservation efforts focused on windows, woodwork, flooring, and interior walls.
The project includes an 8,500 gallon (32 200 L) rainwater cistern
for toilet flushing, laundry, irrigation, and truck washing to reduce potable water use by 60% over a standard fire station.
A six-story building ruing solar panels, a rainwater cistern
, composting toilets and a constellation of other systems to achieve what might be the most arduous certification process in sustainable building today.
To make the building more water efficient, the bathrooms are equipped with dualflush toilets, sink sensors and a rainwater cistern
to supplement irrigation and toilet flushing, which also helps the building reduce water use by 30 percent.
Schooner Bay will have many "green" features, such as wastewater treatment, a community rainwater cistern
, rooftop cisterns and a recycling center.
The work is illustrated with photos of a single project as it develops from start to finish and contains advice on design, breaking ground, installing a rainwater cistern
, using adobe, straw bale walls, the electrical system, windows and insulation, earth plaster, and finish work.
for irrigation, a geothermal heating/cooling system, and passive-solar design.
Other green features include using cladding and countertops made of recycled materials, recycled paint, ultra low-flow plumbing fixtures and a rainwater cistern