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EcoHouse Specifies High-Efficiency Stealth Toilet

March 12, 2013

Located near the Waipi’o Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hi’ilani EcoHouse uses technology and the power of nature to power its 4,000-sq.-ft., carbon-neutral, two-family residence. To be considered carbon-neutral, a house must produce its own energy to eliminate as much carbon as it puts in.

The house, designed by Robert Mechielsen and Studio RMA, uses a variety of design elements to create an environment where the house’s energy is derived from sustainable sources. The home’s architectural elements, such as butterfly roofs, convert solar energy into electricity and utilize negative air pressure from airflow over the roof—producing a natural air conditioning system. The privately-owned EcoHouse is equipped for electrical grid independence and is slated for LEED Platinum certification.

To help the Hi’ilani residence reduce their water usage and save on energy, Niagara Conservation donated an array of eco-friendly products to the home, including five of the company’s 0.8 gpf Stealth toilets, three Sava Spa showerheads, one Earth showerhead and four faucet aerators.The Niagara Conservation’s Stealth toilet was installed in all five of the house’s bathrooms—two master bedrooms, two guest rooms, and the visitors' bathroom. By using 70 percent less water per flush than the older style 3.5 gallon toilet, the Stealth toilet can help to save up to 18,000 gallons of water per year.

“The Hi’ilani EcoHouse was an ideal product donation opportunity for Niagara Conservation, as it is a great example of how homeowners can utilize a carbon-neutral design in combination with energy and water efficient products to create a sustainable, eco-friendly household,” said Carl Wehmeyer, Niagara Conservation’s executive vice president. “By making small changes when building or remodeling a home, such as installing a more efficient toilet, showerhead or faucet aerator, homeowners around the country can help conserve natural resources and reduce their monthly utility bills.”

For more information on the Hi’ilani EcoHouse, click here.
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