Green Building

Obama administration pushes for energy efficient building upgrades

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:56

President Barack Obama and former President Clinton have revealed a new plan to invest $4 billion in improving the energy efficiency of buildings across the United States, according to Good Clean Tech.

This push by the White House came from a perceived need to limit the energy consumption that many commercial buildings and residential houses are responsible for. New technology like energy efficient lighting and radiant heating systems have been targeted as products that could help to achieve this goal.

"Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways for us to create jobs, save money, and cut down on harmful pollution," Obama said in an announcement.

Reducing energy consumption and emissions is a necessary push for both economic and environmental reasons, especially during winter months. Ineffective heaters can lead to higher heating bills and a larger carbon footprint.

A radiant heating systems uses a subfloor design to maximize the efficiency of the radiant technology. It allows for an individual to feel as though the temperature is higher than it actually is while in their residence, lowering the temperature that an individual has to keep their home at to maintain comfort.

The radiant technology also helps to eliminate parasitic heat loss, which can serve as a waste of energy and resources. This type of loss occurs with conventional technology, as this type of heater relies on a radiator, heating ducts and air vents. Heat can easily escape through these products, especially if the sealant or insulation is older and outdated.

A typical radiant heated home can expect a 25 percent energy savings over a conventional forced air heated home, reducing costs and the carbon footprint for families.