As the title implies these are a series of technical blogs (mostly) written by Cath about all aspects of plumbing (whether sustainable or not). Originally supplied for the AECB (with payment gratefully received!), Cath will continue to add to this page whenever her technical nerdy side needs an outlet.



A review of ‘Septic Tank Options and Alternatives’ by Feidhlim Harty

This is a fascinating, clearly written and highly informative book on a very important topic, namely, how to deal with your poo if you are off mains drainage.
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UK Raingardens Guide

Rain gardens, or rain garden planters, are a quick and easy way to disconnect rainwater downpipes from combined sewers. Find out how to do it and the best plants to use.
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The Water Technology List

In June 2016 there was a review of the Water Technology List. Cath represented the AECB on it and this is her report. WARNING. Seriously nerdy! Though ultimately fascinating...
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AECB Water blog 7

More about hot water in Passivhaus buildings, why urinal controls rock in schools, greywater recycling, wastewater heat recovery - where it all started, overestimating the savings from WC upgrades in schools ...
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AECB Water blog 6

How adolescents and showers use more energy than space heating a Passivhaus dwelling, fuel cells and super efficient WCs, Arbed dŵr (saving water in Wales), the mis-specification of electric showers...
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AECB Water blog 5

Public toilet design, barrier MDPE, power showers,wastewater recycling v solar htermal under SAP, combi boilers with more than one bathroom ...
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AECB Water blog 4

Combi boilers, specifying showers, ledge toilets, solar thermal for boats, chlorine and swimming pools, architects v engineers ...
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AECB Water blog 3

New ratings for hot water cylinders, tap standardisation, recirculating showers, global trends in water efficiency, the problem with 89mm WC pan outlets, lead welding ...
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AECB Water blog 2

Passivhaus now with renewables, which is best - gas or electric showers, cold taps in public washrooms, how to ensure a solar thermal system operates at its optimum efficiency ...
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Peter Codling - Le Penseur - 26.06.13 - 16

AECB Water blog 1

Flooding, 'Le Penseur' - a sit-down toilet that imitates squatting, flooding, SWIG, the Renewable Heat Incentive will it kickstart the solar thermal industry, solar thermal and short showers ...
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