Home earns LEED certification with radiant floor heating

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:34

Some homeowners are looking to reduce the environmental impact of their house, which means that it's time to consider the benefits of designing a structure that meets the guidelines of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Jill and Jack Nooren pursued LEED certification for them home because of their desire to reduce the operational costs associated with homeownership and limit energy expenditures.
The custom house they built in La Jolla, Ca., is located on Calle de la Plata, reported Patch. The structure received Platinum LEED Certification because of the numerous energy-efficient features and the sustainable building process that was involved in the project. The light emitting diodes, recycled fly ash concrete, solar thermal system and radiant floor heating system all work to limit the energy used each day. The LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Not only do these units use less energy, but they also last much large - LED last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs and two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting. 
A radiant floor heating system uses less energy than traditional systems, which means homeowners are better able to save money and reduce the carbon footprint associated with the structure. The heat is applied directly to the spaces used most by people because it is concentrated at a lower height. The Nooren's and their guests are able to feel the heat as they walk across the floor. This provides added comfort and allows for the thermostat to be set at a lower level because the warmth is more direct, which means that there is no dissipation and reduction in the temperature.