Green Building

Radiant heating system, solar panels combine to make a dream green home

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 09:24

From radiant heating to natural materials, one man's vision of a green home offered inspiration for those who followed after him.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Thomas Brennan of Hendersonville, North Carolina, had nearly finished his 2,700-square-foot, four-bedroom house when he grew too ill to work on it himself.

Deciding he wanted to see it finished, he put it on the market for someone who would appreciate what he had put into it and was lucky enough to find K.J. Laurro and Carolyn Paden.

"When we heard it was for sale, once we saw that it had radiant heat throughout the floors and three solar panels on the roof, it was a no-brainer for us," K.J. told the Citizen-Times. "Tom sort of went all-out in building this house. It was done very nicely."

Though Brennan eventually died before K.J. and Carolyn could finish they house, they attempted to follow in his footsteps, weeding rather than using chemical pesticides and making use of every green alternative they could.

Radiant heating can be an important part of a green house, as these systems provide an efficient source of warmth with only minor temperature variations from floor to ceiling. They also eliminate the toxins and allergens circulated by conventional radiators and heating vents.