Radiant in Commercial

Facebook plans apartment complex that features radiant floor heating

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:43

The popular social media network Facebook is breaking into the housing business. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the tech company has created a plan to build a new 394-unit apartment complex that will be located within walking distance of its headquarters in Menlo Park. 
It's hardly news that the areas around Menlo Park area, largely considered to be a major hub of activity in the Silicon Valley, are expensive to live in. Housing prices have skyrocketed as demand for apartments or condos near the tech park get snatched up at an astoundingly quick rate. Affordability and availability have become problems and now workers are forced to travel longer and longer distances to get to work. In pursuit of an answer, Facebook is building an apartment complex that while open to the public and community, really focuses on providing housing to employees. 
"Facebook is a strong supporter of its local community and consistently recognized as one of the best places in the world to work," said a Facebook spokeswoman, according to the news source. "This project advances both goals, by providing our employees an excellent new housing option within walking distance to campus while investing in new housing opportunities in our local community." 
The new property includes a wide range of sustainable technologies. The apartment building is set to have studios, one-,two- and three-bedroom units and each will feature radiant floor heating. The operationally efficient utility will provide consistent delivery of heat for improved comfort and relaxation. In addition to saving renters money due to decreased usage of oil or natural gas, the technology provides improved sustainability and reduces the carbon footprint associated with the property.