Energy Efficiency Alberta has added a rebate program for drain water heat recovery
February 7, 2018
Energy Efficiency Alberta’s residential retrofit program is called ‘Home Improvement Rebates’ (HIR) which is a contractor-lead, performance-based program. Rebates vary project to project based on the modeled energy savings of the specific NRCan listed model, number of connected showers and showerhead flow rates. We anticipate average rebates for the DWHR category to be about $270 for saving of around 4.9GJ of natural gas per year - larger rebates for more savings, smaller rebates for less.
Rebates of up to $500 are available for the installation of a new DWHR device. Rebates will vary based on the energy savings modeled by a Participating Contractor for your project. Factors that impact the rebate are the device you choose, the flow rate of your shower heads and the number of showers which drain through the portion of the plumbing system where the DWHR device is installed. The following examples provide some estimates of how much money you can expect to get back in rebates—your contractor will be able to provide more specific details and walk you through the process.
For more information about this rebate program and to find a contractor please visit Energy Efficiency Alberta goo.gl/rc29PM
Our ThemoDrain has been specified
January 18, 2018
Our ThermoDrain model TD372B has been specified on a new project. 38 high-efficiency units are going in this project.
ThermoDrain is presented to the world at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida
January 16, 2018
EcoInnovation is very excited to announce that the ThermoDrain was chosen as a finalist in the Best Green Building Product category. Out of 370+ items that were nominated, the ThermoDrain was one of the 6 finalists.
Install a ThermoDrain drain water heat recovery system is the same as planting 14 trees
Feb 28, 2017
Home Hardware and Home Hardware Building Centers and EcoInnovation
October 1, 2016
Home hardware and Home Hardware Building Centers now carry the ThermoDrain product. ThermoDrain has been once again recognized by a well established retail outlet as the leading manufacturer of drain water heat recovery units.
ENERGY STAR FOR NEW HOMES 2016
August 25, 2016
Our website now has the updated details on how EnergyStar homes and Drain Water Heat Recovery work together.
We are really excited given that the cost per point for DWHR versus other options has more and more builders incorporating this technology in their builds.
Drain water heat recovery becomes code in Ontario Effective January 1st, 2017
July 7, 2016
Drain Water Heat Recovery units as a mandatory requirement for all prescriptive compliance packages
For more information, please visit Ontario Code News. goo.gl/Pi2Rrb
ACEEE 2010 Hot Water Forum - HYDRO QUEBEC PRESENTATION
June 20, 2016
Here is a little something from 2010 that was presented at the ACEEE 2010 Hot Water Forum on Drain water heat recovery systems.
ICC-IECC 2015 and Drain Water Heat Recovery Section C404.8
June 3rd, 2016
2015 ICC International Energy Conservation Code - C404.8 Drain water heat recovery units commercial and residential
•Must comply with CSA B55.2
•Potable water-side pressure loss < 10 psi at maximum design flow
•Group R occupancies, units must meet efficiency in accordance with CSA B55.1
Essentially we see this as a first step in recognizing the technology. This provision does not require the use of drain water heat recovery units; it simply specifies their required certification where this code has been adopted. If you require clarification on this, please contact us.
New CopperLoc fittings - We just cannot get them to leak!
April 26, 2016
At EcoInnovation Technologies, we try and test our product before releasing it to the public. The new CopperLoc fittings were literally destroyed in situ to see what sort of stress would cause them to leak. It has proven to be extremely difficult and challenging to get a leak. Unlike its competitor, the sharkbite fitting, the CopperLoc fitting is more robust and forgiving. Rest assured, we have done some pretty crazy stuff with these fittings and they have not failed us once.
No More Soldering Required - Installation of the ThermoDrain is now easy as 1, 2, 3!
March 23, 2016
EcoInnovation has reached out to its customers on what we can do to improve our product. We were told
"if you are already supplying the drain couplings with your units, why not add the water fittings as well"
So we tossed the idea around the shop and now we have a ThermoDrain that requires no soldering. The potable water fitting we use on the ThermoDrain is copper, PEX and CPVC user friendly. Simply push the tube into the connector and you're done! No messing around.
Efficiency Vermont - Introduces drain water heat recovery
Feb 15, 2016
Efficiency Vermont has incentives that total over $2000 for the State of Vermont in energy efficiency measures when building new homes. There are two levels of efficiency that can be achieved. The first is Efficiency Vermont Certified Base Level and the second is Efficiency Vermont High Performance Level. Included in the incentives are drain water heat recovery units. The drain water heat recovery incentive is $200. For more information, please visit Efficiency Vermont
Who is Efficiency Vermont?
Since 2000, Efficiency Vermont has worked to help customers reduce their energy costs, decrease strain on the electric system, and protect the environment. An Energy Efficiency Charge (EEC) that appears on Vermonters’ electric bills enables us to deliver that value by investing in projects that help Vermonters reduce their electric usage.
We also provide services to help Vermonters reduce their heating and fuel usage. These activities are funded by two sources: Vermont revenues from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and revenues from selling energy efficiency savings to the region’s Forward Capacity Market, where electrical energy and capacity is bought and sold to meet New England’s electricity needs.
Efficiency Vermont is administered by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent nonprofit energy services organization under an appointment issued by the Vermont Public Service Board. Vermont regulators conduct oversight of Efficiency Vermont through a rigorous management process known as results-based accountability. This process requires that we meet a range of stringent goals in order to ensure energy savings are maximized and that we deliver cost-effective, equitable services to all ratepayers.
ThermoDrain featured on WGNtv.com CHICAGO
VERY FIRST LEED HOTEL IN QUEBEC USES THERMODRAIN TECHNOLOGY
Jan 13, 2016
extract from http://www.hotelm.ca/en/green-hotel/
A “Green” Hotel!
St. Hyacinthe’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites is LEED certified, the very first of its kind in Quebec.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and an international reference point for high performance sustainable building design, construction and operation. It provides building owners and operators with the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promises a global approach to sustainability, while recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
- Sustainable site development
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
What are the daily implications of running a “green” hotel?
Running a “green” hotel means:
Reusing card keys: an 80% key (smart card) recovery rate is targeted instead of the standard magnetic card recovery rate, ranging between 40 and 50%.
Installing recycling (blue) bins in rooms.
Toilets equipped with a pressure flushing system using few litres of water per flushing (Kohler program).
All faucets, toilets, shower heads, etc. especially designed to reduce waterflow (Kohler program).
A waterless urinal in the men’s public restroom.
Compostable plates, cutlery and glasses (30-60 days) are at our guests’ disposal.
Using bulk dairy products (milk and cream) in thermoses, in order to avoid discarding non-recyclable empty containers.
Using biodegradable cleaning products.
Implementing a bedsheet and towel reuse program (depending on their wear intensity) by offering them to charitable organizations or by converting them into rags for housekeeping purposes.
Using compost bins for table leftovers. These bins are equipped with Compostable bags, to make weekly collection easier.
No paper had wipes in public washrooms, only energy efficient hand dryers.
A shower and a bicycle rack will be available for employees who wish to cycle to work.
Many more actions may still be added to this list, as all our employees and guests will be asked for their input to assist us in this environmental journey. If you have any “green” suggestions, please share them with us: any small gesture is a big step to save our planet.
To find out more about LEED, please visit: http://www.cagbc.org/leed/systems/index.htm
What did we do to become a LEED certified building?
The well-insulated white roof reflects sunlight and also helps limit space-cooling energy consumption during the summer, thus reducing our contribution to global warming.
Our hotel is equipped with a drain water heat recovery system consisting of 30 coils hidden in the building walls, thus reducing the energy demand.
The concrete of a bridge that was dismantled in St. Hyacinthe was used as base building material for the M Complex.
Our mattresses were custom made for the hotel. Made of natural bamboo fibre and soy moss, they can be removed from their covers for periodic maintenance (which makes them longer lasting).
The salt pool filtering system eliminates the need for such chemicals as chlorine.
The hotel has a load-relieving line to balance the energy demand, thus avoiding extreme peak consumption. In addition, a smart computer system controls energy consumption, which also helps avoid excessive peak consumption while preserving ambient comfort for our guests.
The hotel is equipped with an energy efficient lighting system. There are no incandescent bulbs in the hotel, which only uses LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps in its 1,500 lighting devices.
Several local suppliers and manufacturers were involved in the construction, thus decreasing transportation and associated pollution. For instance, to limit transportation, all bedroom furniture was made in St. Hyacinthe, thus reducing greenhouse gases.
AND these are only a few of the features of a LEED hotel.
THERMODRAIN - RESENET AND HERS CREDITS - EnergyGauge 5.0
Dec 14, 2015
Newly accredited by RESNET as a Home Energy Rating Software (HERS), IECC and Tax Credit tool, EnergyGauge USA 5.0, will be available as a free trial product for 90-days (or until November 30, 2015, whichever comes first). Any interested party may download Version 5.0 to examine the impacts of the ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Standard on their most popular home designs.
Version 5.0 fully implements the new ANSI/RESNET 301-2014 Addendum A, hot water system calculations. These new hot water calculations allow HERS ratings to gain HERS credits for improved plumbing design, hot water piping insulation, low-flow fixtures, drain water heat recovery systems (DWHR), hot water recirculation systems and low water-use clothes washers and dishwashers. It also supports the national EPA ENERGY STAR new home program qualification and the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) new home program qualification.
The trial offer of EnergyGauge USA 5.0 will not allow RESNET registration of HERS Ratings. To be able to register ratings with the RESNET Registry using EnergyGauge USA 5.0, certified raters will need to purchase a license for the software.
To download the free 90-day trial offer, simply go to http://energygauge.com/usares/trial50.htm and click on the download button.
How did Drain Water Heat Recovery make it into the Manitoba Building Code?
December 4, 2015
The builders decided, with no outside influence!
Manitoba Hydro adds labour incentive to drain water heat recovery program
November 9, 2015
As of April 1, 2016, an amendment to the Manitoba Building Code will mandate the residential use of drain water heat recovery (DWHR) units in new homes. Following an RFQ, Manitoba Hydro announced that EcoInnovation Technologies would supply the DWHR units for its province-wide DWHR for New Homes Program. The intent of the program is to drive adoption and develop industry proficiency with the technology in advance of the coming code amendment.
The Manitoba Hydro DWHR rebate reimburses the full cost of the ThermoDrain installation to builders of single detached, townhouses or row houses utilizing electric domestic hot water heaters. The program is intended to generate energy savings and to accelerate industry’s adoption of the technology in advance of the coming code change. The rebate is available for projects with permits issued prior to code enforcment. Effective November 1, Manitoba Hydro is also offering a $150 installation credit toward the cost of labour, per residence/install.
Manitoba Hydro has been actively promoting the technology in advance of Manitoba’s new DWHR building code provision. “Each show home in our Parade of Homes Energy Innovation Tour has a drain water heat recovery system installed. Builders and tradespeople favour the technology because it’s easy to install, has no moving parts and has a very long life expectancy," said Manitoba Hydro marketing specialist Allison Lund. "The payback period on the technology is generally under 10 years. Of course, if you have a house full of teenagers taking showers, the payback period accelerates significantly.”
Drain water heat recovery units are standard in energy efficient homes built and certified through programs such as Energy Star, R-2000, Net Zero, CRESNET, RESNET and Passive House.
For a non-exhaustive list of CSA B55.1 and B55.2 certified drain water heat recovery systems visit Natural Resources Canada's website.
ECOINNOVATION TO RELEASE CANADIAN WIDE STUDY ON THE BUILDER COST OF INSTALLING DRAIN WATER HEAT RECOVERY PROGRAM
November 26, 2015
EcoInnovation has asked builders across Canada what there plumbing contractors are paying for the installation of a drain water heat recovery system. It is comforting to see that the average cost for a typical new home installation is $150 including parts (excluding the drain water heat recovery unit). The lowest price we have come across was in Quebec where several builders have it as part of their package and are currently paying $75 including parts.
The most expensive pricing for labour and parts was found in both Quebec and Manitoba. An incredible $1200 and $1500 for the labour alone.
It is important to note that it takes 30 minutes and less than 20$ in parts to perform an installation of a drain water heat recovery system. It is also important that the installation cost be part of the entire plumbing package and not an add on.
OFFICIAL NEW RELEASE
Manitoba Hydro selects ThermoDrain as exclusive supplier
October 26, 2015
ThermoDrain to supply drain water heat recovery units for provincial program
(October 26, 2015, Winnipeg, MB) Hot water from your shower is your energy and money going down the drain.
Next year in Manitoba (April 2016), an amendment to the Manitoba Building Code comes into effect that mandates the residential use of drain water heat recovery (DWHR) units in new homes. EcoInnovation has been selected by Manitoba Hydro as the exclusive supplier of DWHR units for a province-wide energy savings program for selected target markets.
Daniel Beauchemin, founder of EcoInnovation Technologies -- the Canadian manufacturer of ThermoDrain -- explains how the technology works, “The ThermoDrain consists of a single copper coil wound around a central copper drain pipe. Waste water flowing down the drain from your shower transfers heat to the cold water moving upwards through the coil. The preheated water from the ThermoDrain then feeds the water heater and the cold side of the shower thus requiring less energy to heat your water."
Beauchemin observed, “The idea is simple and elegant, and so is the unit. It is very easy to install. ThermoDrain’s high performance is attributable to solid design, precise manufacturing and high quality materials.”
Manitoba Hydro has been actively promoting the technology in advance of Manitoba’s new DWHR building code provision. According to Manitoba Hydro Marketing Specialist Allison Lund, “Each show home in our Parade of Homes Energy Innovation Tour has a drain water heat recovery system installed. Builders and tradespeople favour the technology because it’s easy to install, has no moving parts and has a very long life expectancy. The payback period on the technology is generally under ten years. Of course, if you have a house full of teenagers taking showers, the payback period accelerates significantly.”
For a limited time, the Manitoba Hydro drain water heat recovery rebate program provides a ThermoDrain to builders at no cost. The rebate is intended to generate energy savings and to accelerate industry’s adoption of the technology in advance of the coming code change.
With 30% thicker sidewalls and no brazing of joints, ThermoDrain systems stand out from the competition. This combination results in exceptional performance with very little pressure drop.
Drain water heat recovery units are standard in energy efficient homes built and certified through programs such as Energy Star, R-2000, Net Zero, CRESNET, RESNET, and Passive House to name a few.
For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:
Daniel Beauchemin, Founder of EcoInnovation Technologies, at email@example.com or 888-881-7693 ext 202.
CRESNET & HERS RATINGS
Oct 10, 2015
Builders who are currently exploring or using CRESNET and incorporating drain water heat recovery, our units qualify for HERS points and we are OBC SB-12 recognized. Contact us for more info.
NET ZERO BUILDERS & THERMODRAIN
Oct 10, 2015
More and more builders are separating themselves from the pack by building cost effective NET ZERO homes that require very little or no energy to operate. ThermoDrain has generously offered NET ZERO home builders a significant savings package on the THERMODRAIN NET ZERO drain water heat recovery models (TD360B and TD372B). Both of these units are extremely efficient in recovering energy and respond to the NET ZERO requirements.
BUILDERS TEST-DRIVE Energy Saving technologies
Sep 14, 2015
extract from article written by Pat St. Germain, Winnipeg Free Press
Inspired designs provide plenty of eye candy during the Parage of Homes. But it's what you can't see that has some builders excited about throwing open their doors this fall.
Exterior Insulation, Energy Recovery Ventilators and drain water heat recovery systems are among the more low profile features, along with natural gas furnaces and appliances.
Builders are working together toward adopting newer technologies, a commitment that was demonstrated through a Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) project sponsored by Manitoba Hydro and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Manitoba Home Builders' Association president Mike Moore says consultations began in 2014 to study everything from on-demand water heaters to passive solar heat pumps.
"We brought together about a dozen builders and looked at the hundreds of different technologies and narrowed it down to about a dozen, and then from there took about five and really went to town on them" Moore says.
Manufacturers were invited to present in-depth information about shortlisted items and one - the drain water heat recovery system - will become a building code requirement for all new homes starting April 1, 2016.
MANITOBA Parade of Homes Energy Innovation Tour
Sep 12, 2015
Manitoba Hydro has partnered with some of the most innovative builders in Manitoba to showcase leading-edge technologies such as the ThermoDrain that will make a home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Check out the four Energy Innovation Tour homes to learn how these technologies can elevate your lifestyle, save you money and help you build a better home.
September 12 – October 4, 2015
3:00–8:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
12:00–6:00 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
Appointment only Friday
Due to High Demand- NEW METRIC SIZES
Sep 5, 2015
We are now offering the ThermoDrain in Metric sizes for European applications.
Manitoba Government leads the way in Energy Efficiency
An industry-leading initiative taken by the Province of Manitoba in updating its Building Code to make Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) Technology mandatory in new residential construction starting in April 2016.
Drain Water Heat Recovery Video
Manitoba is the first province to introduce drain water heat recovery as part of its building code. In this video, Manitoba Hydro discusses drain water heat recovery technology and what it can do for the home owner.
Habitat for Humanity 2015
EcoInnovation has donated 5 ThermoDrain TD342B units to Habitat for Humanity Toronto and 1 TD342B ThermoDrain unit to the silent auction at the BILD GTA Habitat for Humanity BBQ. We would like to congratulate Jim Andrews from Fieldgate Development for the winning bid on the ThermoDrain.
First in the World!
DRAIN WATER HEAT RECOVERY A REQUIREMENT
IN THE MANITOBA BUILDING CODE!!
The Manitoba government says it has approved changes to the Manitoba Building Code that will result in new homes being nearly 20 per cent more energy efficient without a big increase in costs to buyers.
The changes will take effect on April 1, 2016.
They include new requirements for insulation in above-ground wall assemblies in new homes. The changes will also provide for improved testing of the air tightness of the structure to minimize leakage and subsequent energy loss.
The most significant change will be the requirement of a THERMODRAIN drain-water heat-recovery system to provide additional energy savings and increase the supply of hot water during peak usage times, said Labour and Immigration Minister Erna Braun, adding that Manitoba will be one of the first provinces in Canada to require this energy efficient technology in all new homes.
NOTE: ThermoDrain is the exclusive drain water heat recovery supplier for Manitoba Hydro. We were selected from all manufacturers of drain water heat recovery technologies for our product design and overall company management.
WE ARE YOUR green partner
We work hand in hand with you, our customer by adding value to your projects and finding solutions to your drain water heat recovery needs.
We will positively impact the long-term utility savings and operating efficiency of your homes. We will reflect highly on the construction quality of your homes through reduced overall home maintenance costs and higher energy performance. This is what makes the ThermoDrain an essential part of your green building solution.
ThermoDrain will outlast all other energy savings devices in your homes making it a sustainable part of your green building equation. ThermoDrain is 100% recyclable, has a maintenance free life expectancy of 50 years and reduces the overall environmental impact of the home and the home owner.
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Here is one more reason why you should choose ThermoDrain.......
Manitoba Hydro chooses ThermoDrain AS ThEIR EXCLUSIVE DRAIN WATER HEAT RECOVERY SUPPLIER
We are proud to announce that EcoInnovation Technologies - the manufacturer of the ThermoDrain has been selected as the exclusive supplier for Manitoba Hydro's various Power Smart energy efficiency program initiatives over the next 3 years. ThermoDrain is an internationally recognized technology that effectively reduces the cost of heating water by using waste energy to preheat incoming cold water. The ThermoDrain is a cost effective way to achieve builder option points for various energy efficiency building programs and energy efficiency code requirements.
EcoInnovation was selected based on their latest generation drain water heat recovery technology, customer focus, service, logistics experience and superior product knowledge.
Energy Star for New Homes 2014 V 12.4 Released
Confusion with points for DWHR? - We help clear that all up!
(1 Shower & 1 ThermoDrain = Points for 2 showers)
(2 Showers & 1 ThermoDrain hooked to only 1 shower = Points for 1 shower)
(2 Showers & 2 ThermoDrains) = Points for 2 shower)
ThermoDrain - Drain Water Heat Recovery is now part of the Core Builder Option Package as part of the Energy Star for New Homes Version 12.4 release. The provinces that will benefit from the latest release are Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario,Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.
ThermoDrain is now an Approved Product In Massachusetts.
ThermoDrain is now an approved product system by the state of Massachusetts
See acceptance here
Q: Why does a product need to have a Massachusetts product approval if a National Testing Laboratory has already approved it?
A: All products used in the Plumbing and Gasfitting Industries require Massachusetts’s approval through code regulation.
Quality Measuring Program at EcoInnovation
Over the past 7 years, we have put 15000+ ThermoDrain's to work. Not one quality issue with our units. Not one return due to a manufacturing error. Impressive? yes! But that is not how we measure our level of quality and success. We are constantly measuring the quality of service, on time delivery, our ability to meeting/exceeding our customers expectations and their satisfaction.
ThermoDraining is one of the top 4 methods of cutting your hot water energy costs.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
You can reduce your hot water costs by
- installing a more efficient water heater, especially ENERGY STAR® qualified models
- improving the performance of your existing water heater
- reducing the amount of hot water that you and your family use
- installing a drain water heat recovery (DWHR) device to reduce your water heating load
Visit Natural Resources Canada Guide on reducing the cost of heating water - here
We are the professionals #1 choice in drain water heat recovery technology.
ThermoDrain is a reputable name you can associate with for satisfaction, quality and value.
ThermoDrain is a professional grade, drain water heat recovery system. With a leak proof design, 30% thicker walls and outstanding performance, this is the high end technology that you will not find in the big box commercial stores.
Engineers, contractors, architects, energy advisors and plumbers appreciate the outstanding quality, service and engineering that is invested into the ThermoDrain. This is why we are #1.
ThermoDrain is locally manufactured.
We guarantee the best price - Challenge us for a 10% discount.
If you are currently using drain water heat recovery and it is not ThermoDrain. We will beat the current price you are paying by 10%*. Plus - you get a leak proof design, 30% thicker walls, 2 free drain couplings and the latest in drain water heat recovery technology.
If you are a ThermoDrain customer, you are already doing the right thing at the right price. Keep right on saving with the ThermoDrain leak proof, high performance, low pressure drop design. We have you covered!
Call us for more details. 1-888-881-7693 x202
*Certain conditions apply.
We are the drain water heat recovery specialists
Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) consists of capturing and injecting heat energy found in waste water into a potable water heating system. This process significantly reduces the amount of energy required to heat water in residential, commercial and institutional applications such as showers, dish washing, laundry or sanitation.
In the last few years, wide spread use of drain water heat recovery technology has positioned the ThermoDrain™ as a simple and cost-effective green building option that provides significant energy savings and sustainability.
We are the manufacturer of the ThermoDrain™ and we specialize in drain water heat recovery solutions. Our vast technical knowledge combined with our ThermoDrain™ product line make it easier than ever to provide you with a sustainable energy efficient green building solution for your project.
At EcoInnovation, we strive to surpass your expectations. As your partner in success, we are committed to providing the best service in the industry, period!
Visit our residential or commercial page to see how the ThermoDrain™ is right for you!