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Paperback – 160 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 544 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718722
Pub. Date: 2018-11-06

About the Authors

Gord Baird

Gord Baird, BA, is co-creator, designer, and builder of the award-winning Eco-Sense home, the first internationally recognized Living Building Challenge petal residential project. Gord is the Water Commissioner for the Victoria Capital Regional District's regional Water Supply Commission and Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission, and was a technical editor for the BC Ministry of Health's Manual of Composting Toilets and Greywater Standard Practices (2016).

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Ann Baird

Ann Baird, BSc is co-creator, designer, and builder of the award-winning Eco-Sense home, the first internationally recognized Living Building Challenge petal residential project. Ann works on regional climate action initiatives involving water, food, and energy resiliency in climate adaptation and risk management.

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Essential Composting Toilets

A Guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use

by Gord Baird & Ann Baird



From wastestream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems.

Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings.

Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes:

  • Easily-understood drawings, plans, and photos
  • Coverage of all main composting toilet systems
  • Selection criteria including site considerations, urine separation pros/cons, renovations/new builds, ventilation, servicing, and composting details
  • Design and installation details.

Offering a professional approach accessible to DIYers, homeowners, designers, building consultants, water conservation advocates, and regulators, Essential Composting Toilets provides key information for redesigning toilet systems anywhere in the world.

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