Eco-friendly construction has been a major part of development and innovation in the past 40 years. Innovation has come in many forms from modular building which produces less waste to plumbing where water waste is rampant.
The plumbing industry has been at the forefront of eco-friendly design and innovation, and it’s easy to see these innovations in households.
How the Plumbing Industry is Going Eco-friendly
Plumbing systems are the ideal focus of eco-friendly design because they encompasses everything from kitchen sinks to toilets and showers. There are a lot of options to refine and reduce waste in plumbing.
And, we can see the eco-friendly design trend increasing, especially when homeowners are able to save money in the process.
Water Heaters Move Into Eco-friendly Territory
Water heaters are turning eco-friendly, and this home appliance is one that wastes more water as it ages. The traditional water heater becomes less efficient as it ages, and leaks and worn internal components make matters worse.
Newer models are much more energy efficient than in the past, and you’ll find tankless water heaters becoming an optimal choice.
These water heaters not only save homeowners $80 on their bills annually, but they’re 22% more efficient.
Even non-tankless models are far more efficient than models that came out 5 years ago.
Pipe Insulation is Reducing Energy Needs
Energy needs are on the rise, and while solar may be eco-friendlier for the environment, other fuel sources still provide the majority of the world’s energy. The more energy you waste, the more pollution that is caused.
Insulation is becoming very popular, and it’s a way to keep pipes from losing heat.
With this pipe lining, insulation will be placed on pipes to reduce water usage, reduce energy usage and stop heat from escaping through the pipes.
Composting toilets may not sound appealing, but these toilets have a way to use human waste to save water. Liquids are sent to vents to stop smells, and some toilets even have an incinerator that will convert the waste to ashes.
These ashes can then be used for fertilization.
Economical and effective, the use of composting toilets can:
- Improve community health
- Reduce water waste
- Change food fertilization
We’re not seeing many homeowners choose these composting toilets just yet, but as the trend continues to grow in popularity, we can expect composting toilets to be a go-to choice.
Changes in Pipe Repair
Changes in pipe repair are also evolving with many solutions available. CIPP, or cured-in-place piping, is one solution that aims to stop the major disruption of households and the environment.
CIPP doesn’t require digging, and the solution only makes two small holes to repair breaks in pipes.
No major lawn or earth moving in required. The solution uses fiberglass that’s been soaked in a resin to provide the repair. It’s an eco-friendly way to make important repairs on a home’s piping system.
We’re seeing similar techniques being used in industrial settings to help eliminate the need to dig up roadways and interrupt city traffic in the process.