Grants provides funds for radiant floor heating

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 09:32

Grants provide an invaluable service for many for-profit and non-profit entities that are trying to provide a service to a community. The Week News reports that the New Albany Foundation has recently awarded six grants totaling $76,200 in aid to local groups and programs. 
One in particular went to the installation of a radiant floor heating system. According to the news source, a $300,000 grant was awarded to Ohio State students in the College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture. The funds went toward the construction of a wooden building constructed by the students. The structure is intended as a practical demonstration of the power of renewable energy resources and how cost-saving, energy-efficient technologies can be included in new projects. 
The Week News reports that the system was outfitted with solar panels and does not require any additional source of energy. A radiant floor heating system was included in the building as well as a natural waste disposal unit. The energy-efficient heating system is highly effective at using the energy produced by the solar panels in a useful manner that promotes comfort, yet it conserves resources. 
The building was also used as part of a polar bear exhibit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Following this event, the structure was later donated to the New Albany-Plain Local in May 2012 and then moved to storage in New Albany using a $8,000 grant from the New Albany Community Foundations's William H. Resch Sustainable Earth Fund. 
Supporting the adoption of eco-friendly solutions that can be incorporated in residential and commercial structures will help promote energy-efficient technologies. Radiant floor heating is easily included in a remodeling project or a new construction project.