composting toilet

Collection and Use of Urine

Posted on April 26,2015 by AlexWilson in composting toilet

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy this blog over your morning cup of coffee, here’s an article on… urine? Really? Let me explain. Urine is a largely sterile, nutrient-rich resource that can be used in fertilizing plants. In fact, according to the Rich Earth Institute, the urine from one adult in a year can produce over 300 pounds of wheat — enough for nearly a loaf of bread per day.

Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’

Posted on April 26,2015 by ScottG in Canada

A sustainable building school in Ontario has completed work on a 2,400-sq. ft. net-zero energy house it's calling “Canada's Greenest Home.” Now on the market for $649,000, the house incorporates a variety of features that enhance indoor air quality and energy and water efficiency, including a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, a 5-kW photovoltaic system, and nontoxic interior finishes. (GBA last reported on this house in a February 2012 news story, “Teaching Deep Green by Building It.”)

America’s Greenest Office Building

Posted on April 26,2015 by AlexWilson in Bullitt Center

I’m just back from a week in Seattle, where I attended the Living Future Conference, which this year had a theme of resilience and regeneration — a major focus of mine with the Resilient Design Institute. While there I visited what is almost certainly the greenest office building in America, if not the world.

Does a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House?

Posted on April 26,2015 by ab3 in compost

Ten years ago I was building a green home. It had passive solar features, was built out of structural insulated panels, sent all the greywater out to the back yard to water fruit trees, and was going to be super energy efficient. One feature above all others, though, captured people’s attention when I described the house to them — the composting toilet.

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