Northern New Mexico home earns LEED certification with radiant floor heating

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 14:08

In northern New Mexico, a residential property has recently achieved the highest standard of green certification available - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification. The Taos News reports that this home is one of the first of its kind in the region, which is not known to have many LEED structures. To celebrate the sustainable features of the property and demonstrate how modern technology can bridge the gap between comfort and efficiency, a house tour has been scheduled for the upcoming weekend. 
According to the news source, a New Mexico Green Build Tour will be held at the home and open to visitors between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 8 and June 9. The structure guests will be touring is fondly referred to as The Barn and built by John Briscoe. The structure combines a small living space or home for Briscoe and his wife, and is part of a much larger building that serves as a workshop and studio.
A number of energy-efficient technologies have been installed in the property to make it operationally sustainable. The Taos News reports that the building was placed to take advantage of the natural landscape for a net-zero effect. South-facing windows are shaded during the cooling season, north-facing windows are minimized and passive cooling overhangs were added to the property.
A radiant floor heating system was installed to ensure that the home is comfortably heated without expending a lot of energy. The utility option is much more effective at filling a space with warmth evenly than traditional systems and uses fewer fossil fuels to do so. A radiant floor heating system is an ideal solution for homeowners looking to update a utility.