Materials & Technology

Idaho's first passive energy residence open for public

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 10:41

Members of the public will be able to see the pinnacle of energy efficiency and the successful implementation of cost-cutting technology like radiant heating and super-dense insulation in a new home in Fairfield, Iowa, according to the Idaho Mountain Express.

The news source reported that the first Passive Energy home in the state will leave its doors open to the public, as the homeowners and builders want everyone to see the potential benefits of using energy efficient technology in a house.

"It's warm in there!" one visitor told the Express. "The windows alone keep [the house] at 60 degrees. When you're in the house, it's very comfortable."

The radiant heating system of the home and the modern insulation that was used have helped to keep a constant warm temperature, something that surprised many visitors after they stepped in from the cold.

According to the news source, many of the visitors commented about the lack of visible appliances and heaters, along with noticing a lack of noise coming from a heating system. The new technology led to a sense of awe for guests, but this shock quickly turned to admiration.

Because the radiant system eliminates the need for a central furnace and products like radiators, heating vents and air ducts do not contribute contaminants and allergens to the air.

"Can you imagine flushing all your air out when it's negative 20 [degrees] outside?" the builder told the news source. "People won't do it. So they stay inside with the cruddy air, and that's why people get sick in the winter."

The heat radiates up from the floor to provide an even warmth throughout the home, along with making morning walks more pleasant due to the heated floors.