Essential Rainwater Harvesting

Essential Rainwater Harvesting

A Guide to Home-Scale System Design

Rob Avis, Michelle Avis


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  • 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