Creating heat-efficient buildings

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:22

During the winter, the heating bill can be rough on your bank account. There are ways a homeowner can lower the price of warming a house by using energy-efficient technologies and strategies. Conventional heaters relying on gas, oil or coal may do the job of warming an interior, but the cost can rise quickly. Any system that heats the air is prone to runoff that not only lowers the temperature, but wastes money.

It's important to incorporate the best heating system with other energy-efficient strategies during and after construction. Doing so will have the greatest impact on not only the environment, but your wallet as well.

Spain's modular homes

A Spanish architecture company recently came up with a design called the GG Bioclimatic House for the mountains north of Barcelona, according to Inhabitat. Made up of six connected wooden modules, the Bioclimatic House boasts an impressive energy efficiency, requiring 76.77 percent less energy than normal homes. 

Built on a very tight budget, the house was made with resources taken from the surrounding area to work in cohesion with the environment around it. The processes used in construction were as eco-friendly as possible with the structures being assembled prior to assembling at the location.

The six modules are connected by a glass space that behaves like a solar collector in the winter to retain heat for the complex, according to Arch Daily. During the warmer seasons, the same space acts as an outdoor patio connecting to nearby gardens, encouraging air circulation for natural cooling. This coupled with the thermal resistant coverings for the buildings drastically reduces the amount of heat needed to warm the interiors.

Combing energy-saving methods

Implementing techniques like the ones the GG Bioclimatic House uses, along with a heating system that breaks away from the growing dependence of fossil fuels can greatly lower the costs of warming a house while reducing a homeowner's carbon footprint in the world.

Radiant heaters make use of all the energy they need by transmitting it from surface to surface, warming only the immediate surrounding area. Unlike other traditional heaters, radiant heating does not need to fill an entire room with warm air before the occupants can feel a difference. Not only do these heaters save money by requiring far less energy to operate, but they minimize the waste that occurs with other forced air heating systems, essentially saving your money from blowing out the window.