Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I've been spending the morning tracking down remaining parts for moving water around my house and realized I haven't posted about plumbing.

We have water moving around our house for lots of different reasons.

:: There is the radiant tubing in the floors
:: Radiant tubing in the walls
:: Tubing taking water to and from our solar thermal panels under the photovoltaic panels on our main roof
:: Tubing taking water to and from the solar wall behind our metal siding on the south side of the tower
:: Stainless steel tubing taking water to and from the large solar thermal panel that will be installed on our deck roof

:: Tubing connecting all our fire sprinklers

:: Hot and cold tubing going to all our appliances like sinks, toilets, bathtub, shower, laundry, kitchen, etc.
:: And of course the drain plumbing away from all those appliances
:: There's also some hot water drain return to make sure we have on-demand hot water whenever we need it and drain heat recovery lines somewhere mixed in there as well.

All this plumbing is connected at some point with the riser bringing fresh water into the house from our neighborhood spring.

Hot water is stored and distributed through the 2 stratified solar tanks and 1 regular hot water heater in the mechanical room

And all the water moving around between all these different components comes through the radiant panel in the mechanical room

The picture doesn't quite do it justice, but it's a beautiful art installation piece, this radiant panel.

All this has been going on with help from numerous hands over the last couple of months. I can't wait until we can flush the toilet and wash our hands in the sink!

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