Green Building

New York multi-house tour focuses on green products

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 07:03

Most house tours feature upscale looks as to how the 1 percent lives, but a new event in White Plains, New York will give residents a glimpse into the energy efficient technology that can both help the environment and cut electricity costs, The Lower Hudson Journal News reported.

According to the news source, the Murphy Brothers Contracting Firm has created a house tour that focuses on the green products that families can install into their homes, without incurring significant costs.

The Journal News reported that the firm is highlighting the use of foam insulation, energy efficient windows and frames, plywood doors and geothermal wells in the front yard. The tour is taking place at several houses that are not yet finished, as this gives the visitors a chance to see exactly what is being undertaken for each project.

"People will be able to see and learn about the guts of the home and what makes it green before the finishes are applied," Michael Murphy, who is in charge of the project development and the tour, told the news source.

According to the Journal News, one of the projects that was highlighted in the tour is the use of geothermal wells to provide a new energy efficient heating and cooling system.

Certain heating systems work better with energy efficient sources of power, and a Warmboard radiant heating system helps to maximize on the sustainable nature of geothermal products.

A Warmboard radiant heating system works well with the geothermal energy source, as it helps to maximize on the efficient delivery of heat, using the bare minimum amount of energy to provide a comfortable level of warmth in a home.