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Build It Green! 2008: A Rainwater-Harvesting and Filtration System

Requirements: 1 metal roof, 2500 gallons of rain, and the desire to save the planet

If you thought you were conserving water by installing a 2.5-gal.-per-minute showerhead or buying a low-flow toilet, consider what Craig Kelley does to conserve water: He makes his own-or rather, he converts his own with a rainwater-harvesting and filtration system. Craig's system converts rainwater to drinking water by capturing rainfall with standard gutters and pre-filtering it with a "roof washer"; then a three-stage filtration process ensures the water meets drinking-water quality standards.

To learn about the Build It Green! 2008 Homes Tour + Info Fair held in Portland, Ore., and to see more of this house and another on the tour, see Building Green Homes in the Pacific Northwest.

Click on the video links to see more of this house:

 Tour the entry 2:05
 Tour the master bedroom, bath, and loft 2:07
 Tour the main floor 2:04
 The high-tech heat-recovery and solar systems 5:02
  

From Fine Homebuilding 199 (Kitchens & Baths)
October 22, 2008


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