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UNI-SPRINKLERS-GRAF-INSTALL-MAY-2014-(76)UNI-SPRINKLERS-GRAF-INSTALL-MAY-2014-(9)This Rainwater Harvesting system in the Fraser Valley is the biggest system to date in British Columbia. With nine 1700 gallon Graf Carat Tanks, this system has a total capacity of 15,300 gallons of water, which will be used for irrigation, toilet flushing, car washing and laundry. In partnership with Sonbuilt Custom Homes, University Sprinklers is proud to be apart of this custom build, which is a part of the R-2000 Net Zero Pilot Project, by Natural Resources Canada.

The R-2000 Net Zero Pilot is designed to recognize the builders and homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan’s R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero applications.The R-2000 Standard includes a series of technical requirements for ventilation, air-tightness, insulation, choice of materials, water use and other factors.
These requirements are rigorous – about 40% above building codes. The  result is new houses that use at least 30% less energy than conventional new houses.

Project partner Sonbuilt Custom Homes specializes in R-2000 construction, and includes rainwater harvesting as part of their commitment to the R-2000 program.

What is Rainwater Harvesting?

Rainwater Harvesting is a way of saving the rainwater which would normally flow off a roof and down the drain, storing it, and using it as piped water to flush toilets, do laundry, wash your car, and water your lawn and garden, instead of using treated drinking (potable) water. You can learn more about Rainwater Harvesting and other water-wise irrigation solutions by University Sprinklers here.