Materials & Technology

Seattle home tour highlights several sustainable residences

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 09:48

The free, self-guided Seattle, Washington, Green Home Tour has five stops this year, as it gives residents of the city a chance to see past improvements to sustainable homes that could be used on their own residences, the West Seattle Blog reported.

According to the news source, the tour is held in celebration of Earth Day, and people who go to each home are reminded that the push for sustainability and green construction was initially motivated by individuals who wanted to help the environment.

Projects range from do-it-yourself (DIY) -applicable to ones that take extensive planning and carefully executed construction by professionals that significantly save energy, resources, and increases comfort and homeowner satisfaction.

Each one of the homes uses technology that helps to reduce the use of energy, limits the waste of water and provides ways for homeowners to recycle things like rainwater and heat. The residences were selected for different aspects, as some rely on more expensive systems while others are sustainable due to slight improvements that were made by non-professionals.

The technology that is used in the homes ranges from stormwater runoff recycling products to radiant heating systems, and their impact on both the family and the house is outlined by building experts and homeowners.

Radiant heating systems can help to both limit the negative impact of a home on the environment and limit the energy costs for a family.

Products like a Warmboard radiant heating system allow a homeowner to limit their use of energy while still providing their family with a comfortable level of warmth. Unlike other radiant products, the system relies on the use of highly-conductive aluminum tubing to deliver the heat from warm water that is pumped throughout.