Interview: Rainwater Harvesting with Martineau Roofing

 In Career & Business, Featured, Media, Verge Permaculture, Why Permaculture?

Recently I had the chance to interview Adrian and John from Martineau Roofing. For years I’ve struggled to find an exterior specialist in Southern Alberta and recently one of my students recommended these gentlemen. 

John has over four decades of experience in the industry and has seen it all. I call John when I have challenging building science and exterior questions that are hard to solve. In this interview, I talk to Adrian and John about rainwater harvesting and the opportunities and liabilities they’ve seen when you get it wrong.

An Interview with John and Adrian from Martineaux Roofing

Why should you be interested in rainwater harvesting? Canada and the US are in the midst of building the first ever CSA/NSF code for rainwater harvesting, which will allow rainwater to be used for all domestic use. That means rainwater harvesting will be one of the largest growth industries in the coming decades as we see massive changes in rainfall patterns, shrinking glaciers, glacial melts, and diminishing aquifers like the Ogallala aquifer in southeastern US.

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Joanne Blythe
Joanne Blythe (@jblythe)
3 years ago

Looking forward to seeing that video.

Joanne Blythe
Joanne Blythe (@jblythe)
3 years ago

Hi Rob, A very interesting interview. One question – you say when you do a design you ask people whether or not they have a sump pump and that completely changes how you are going to manage water around their house. Can you elaborate on that? If they have a sump pump how does that change how you manage water as compared to someone who does not have one?


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