Designer focuses on energy efficiency for money savings

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:11

Donna Shirey has been in the remodeling business for more than a few years now. However, in 2005 she and her husband, Riley, decided to dedicate their efforts toward building a sustainable structure. The Seattle Times reports that the couple have long believed that "sustainable building is smart building," and wanted to create a structure that was green, affordable, healthy and comfortable. 
The Shireys worked to build a new home on the shore of Lake Sammamish in Bellevue, Washington, that demonstrates their love of sustainable design. According to the news source, the home has been outfitted with photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, tankless water heater, hydronic radiant heating, heating recover ventilator, metal roof, local materials, rainwater collection system using a 3,000-gallon cistern and a wind turbine.
The combination of these technologies allows Donna and Riley to live in comfort and reduce the cost of running a home. According to the news source, Donna was highly interested in limiting the costs associated with the house because of past experiences her family has gone through.
"My parents went through the Depression; my dad was a butcher in Cleveland. We saved and recycled everything," Donna told the news source. "You never knew what you were going to need." 
A radiant floor heating system allows the homeowners to experience the comfort of living in a relaxing space that can be quickly temperature controlled. However, instead of spending increased amounts of money on heating the home because of the rising price of oil and gas, the Shireys can rely on a more eco-friendly option that uses less energy. Radiant floor heating reduces heat loss and more effectively fills a space with continuous heat.