Green Building

New faculty residences in Rhode Island to feature radiant heating

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 09:09

Two new faculty residences for the Portsmouth Abbey School have been built on the campus as part of the organization's initiative to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions while providing a stylish home for teachers, according to East Bay RI.

The two homes were built in adherence to the school's emerging energy policy, but were not intended to be an eyesore on campus. They are Energy-star-rated and LEED-certified residences.

"We’re going to own these homes for a very long time, so quality and energy efficiency really matter to us, and the Benedictine stewardship that guides our school sees beauty and sustainability as deeply interconnected," Jim DeVecchi, Abbey Headmaster, told Easy Bay RI.

The home features energy star appliances, low-flow fixtures, an energy recovery ventilation system, sustainably forested flooring, greenguard finishes for superior air quality and a radiant heating system for clean and comfortable heat, according to the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide an efficient source of warmth, as the technology provides for only two-to-three degrees of difference in temperature between the floor and ceiling.