Category Archives: Rainwater Catchment

Net-Zero Home Wins With RainBank Design

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If you think you can’t afford to build a sustainable, net-zero home in greater Seattle, we encourage you to read on.

“I still talk to people who don’t even know it’s possible to build a net-zero home for the same price as a conventional home,” says Ted Clifton, designer, builder and owner at TC Legend. Clifton is quoted in an article, posted by Juliet Grable in Green Builder Media, announcing that his company constructed the home that is a recipient of the 10th Annual Green Home of the Year Award.

RainBank is excited to be part of this project, which used RainBank’s rainwater collection system design consisting of four 2,500-gallon cisterns located below the first-floor deck, for a total storage capacity of 10,000 gallons. The system supplies all of the water used in the three-story home, including irrigation.

According to the TC Legend website, “When a net-zero-energy home can be built at a cost on par with traditional construction, everyone wins. TC Legend Homes is helping to usher in a new era of green construction in which homeowners don’t have to choose between cutting-edge efficiency and staying on budget. Our customers expect to save money owning their home, not spend more.”

RainBank Rainwater Systems is the leading, go-to company for green building architects and construction firms that seek modern rainwater collection systems, designs and builds.

Good News for Skagit County Property Owners

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Skagit River Basin Instream Flow Rule Area. Click to see enlarged map.

Good news for some Skagit County property owners affected by Washington’s Department Of Ecology 2001 In Stream Flow Rules. According to an article in the Skagit Valley Herald, Ecology’s Kristin Johnson-Wagner says, “The county now has the authority to allow wells as a legal source of water for the purpose of issuing building permits.”

The 56 square mile area within the basin extends from Bayview South to La Conner and as far as Sedro-Woolley. Other areas outside the designated area are still subject to the 2001 ruling with hopes that more areas will be relaxed as well.

According to the state’s website, there is an interactive map tool (iMAP) which will help you learn if your property is affected by the Skagit River Instream Flow Rule . Under “Map Categories”, choose “Planning and Development” and then choose “Skagit Instream Rule Area”.  The area affected by the Instream Flow rule will be shown.

Simple Steps to Reduce Pollen

As we near pollen season, there are simple precautionary steps that will help ensure that your stored rainwater remains sweet and desirable. Simple maintenance practices throughout the year are necessary, including keeping your gutters clean of debris, keeping trees trimmed back from collection surfaces, and being vigilant about system cleanliness.

Organic matter such as leaves, pine needles, and pollen can cause tannins or discoloration, along with unpleasant odor, in your stored water. Gutter screens are very effective for larger debris, but pollen will pass through these screens and be conveyed into your stored water without smaller micron pre filtering in place. Screen basket liners will need to be changed as accumulation of pollen fouls the fabric.

RainBank Rainwater Systems has developed a more effective method with less maintenance requirements by removing organics down to 25 microns before conveyance to storage, effectively eliminating the threat of your stored water turning anaerobic. This design feature increases the effectiveness of prescreening while reducing maintenance tasks.

RainBank Rainwater Systems has been designing and installing superior rainwater collection systems for over sixteen years in the Pacific Northwest and is dedicated to the improvement of the industry. Let us design and install a system that will provide years of clean, safe, sustainable water for whole house potable demand.

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