Green Building

New Jersey public works building to use energy efficient radiant heating system

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 16:44

People from all over the local government of Jersey City, New Jersey, gathered to break the ground on a new $87 million headquarters for the city's Department of Public Works and Incinerator Authority, according to The Jersey Journal.
The news source reported that the new facility, expected to be completed in the next several years, will be built on the site of the old buildings for each of the state agencies and will involved the installation of many new energy efficient products and technologies to limit waste and costs for the municipality.
"This is something that was long overdue," Mayor Jerramiah Healy said during a press conference near the capitol building. "This is a great thing for our city."
The project is expected to take 20 months, but the people in charge of the construction are not certain that they will be able to finish the final phases by that time. Regardless, plans for the building's radiant heating system and solar panels have already been approved, and the initial design process in underway.
Lower energy costs will help to gain support for the project from the often skeptical public, as they have seen a significant amount of resistance, due to the slightly inflated cost, according to The Jersey Journal.
Installing a radiant heating system will allow the building to both cut the energy costs and consumption, which will help to limit the long-term expenditures and any negative effects on the environment.
These benefits are what inspires many contractors to include the technology in larger buildings, along with the fact that radiant heating systems disperse warmth more evenly and efficiently than other products.