Materials & Technology

St. Louis residence built with geothermal, radiant heating system

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 16:33

The inclusion of green technology and sustainable products in homes has increased around the country over the past several years, as people are beginning to realize that a little upfront money can help to drastically cut operating costs for any residence.
This is what one St. Louis, Missouri couple realized when they built their home, as they chose to install all of the products they knew would dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their residence and the amount of money that it would cost to power their house.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mark Kalk and Mark Lammert chose to build a home with a modern and unique exterior, but also wanted to install green and sustainable technology on the inside in order to stick to their roots.
"We tried to give it a natural look that blends the needs of wildlife, humans and one bossy dog," said Kalk, who is a certified master gardener. "Most of the beds are bordered with foundation stones that had been buried here decades ago when the original houses were torn down."
They chose to put in a geothermal setup, featuring four 200-feet-deep wells and a 4-foot trench along one side of the home. They combined this technology with a radiant heating system, in order to maximize on the efficiency of the alternative energy source.
Radiant heating systems are perfect for linking with alternative energy sources like solar and geothermal pumps. They minimize the amount of energy that is required to run the system and provide heat, due to the unique design of the products.
Requiring only a small amount of energy to operate, radiant heating systems are still able to deliver a sufficient amount of heat to a residence.