High-Efficiency Homes

HIGH EFFICIENCY HOMES AND WATER HEATING

Sept 18, 2019
By: Daniel Beauchemin

Net Zero Ready, Passive House or Energy Star for New Homes. These are all synonymous to lower energy costs and higher quality construction. Take a close look at the energy distribution between a standard home of today and compare it to a high-efficiency home. The space heating and cooling costs have dropped dramatically yet water heating nearly doubles. Drain water heat recovery takes the high-efficiency home water heating to a new level by capturing 65% of that waste energy.  The captured energy is then used to preheat incoming cold water. The installation cost of a high-efficiency ThermoDrain unit is under $1000. ThermoDrain requires no maintenance and will outlast everything found in your mechanical room.  Compared this cost to an Energy Star HRV, a high-efficiency furnace or any other high maintenance required items in the home – ThermoDrain is a no brainer.

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International Builders Show Finalists

Drain Water Heat Recovery Technology Gets Well Deserved Recognition at the IBS

Daniel Beauchemin
September 2019

The drain water heat recovery industry has been facing some challenges, and the latest news has the industry cheering. 

The International Builders Show (IBS), is the largest light construction building industry trade show in the United States. It’s organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In 2018 the IBS show set a new attendance record with over 70,622 building industry professionals attending. 

In 2017 and 2018, representatives from EcoInnovation Technologies presented the ThermoDrain, drain water heat recovery unit at the IBS show. ThermoDrain was nominated as IBS’s Best Green Building Product. EcoInnovation Technologies had to prove to the judges that their product was worth of finalist or even award-winning. There were over 300 products that were nominated under nine different categories. During both 2017 and 2018 shows, the IBS judges met with the company and were presented with the ThermoDrain product

ThermoDrain had been selected as finalists in both 2017, and 2018 IBS shows out of the possible 300 candidates for each show for Best Green Building Product. Thermodrain was finally recognized internationally amongst its show finalist peers such as RheemWhirlpool and Liftmaster.

Since the 2017 and 2018 IBS shows, drain water continues to grow in recognition for its ability to recover waste heat energy from the shower and use this energy to preheat incoming cold water. The benefits to the homeowner are multiple, including money-saving and more hot water. What is even more surprising is the life expectancy of this technology and the fact it requires no maintenance and is 100 percent recyclable. 

IBS Finalist ThermoDrain
International Building Show IBS Finalist Best Green Building Product Drain Water Heat Recovery Unit Thermodrain demo

80 Renewable Energy Statistics (Infographic)

Even if you’re a climate change denier, the fact that the world needs to move away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy options shouldn’t be a matter of debate for you. Conventional energy sources like coal and oil are in limited supply and over-dependence on them can lead to major crises in the near future.

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