Green Building

Award-winning center to utilize radiant heating

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 10:46

A new multi-purpose science center in Calgary, Alberta, has been built in accordance to green and sustainable building practices, as the structure remains hopeful to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, according to the Alberta Construction magazine.

The structure utilizes a range of green technologies, including a rainwater recycling station and storm pond, waste removal processors, recycled building materials, efficient air conditioning and a radiant heating system.

A radiant heating system is a product that can allow for homeowners, property managers and construction crews to outfit a structure with an energy efficient and comfortable technology. The integration of the aluminum piping into the wood of the subfloor maximizes the amount of heat that can be acquired from water that is kept at lower temperatures.

A lack of parasitic heat loss can also help to reduce the amount of energy that is used to provide heat. Inefficient conventional heaters usually allowed a significant amount of the warmth that is generated to seep out due to the difficulty that comes with sealing and insulating heating ducts and air vents.

The use of this technology in a large center like the building just put up in Calgary helps to maximize the distribution of heat throughout the property. The temperature difference between the floor and the ceiling is much less than other methods of heating, helping a building manager maintain a more consistent warmth.

According to the magazine, the sustainable nature of the building helped to bring the best minds in the region together to work on the structure.

"This team focused on finding and developing the innovative ideas for the project in order get the best possible result for the new science center," the building manager told the news source.