Radiant in Residential

Illinois architect receives LEED Platinum for use sustainable products

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 10:26

Famed architect Nate Kipnis noted that many of his peers would be able to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the homes that they build if they would use more green technology and sustainable products, according to an interview with Crain's Chicago Business.

The news source reported that a combination of older techniques for saving energy, such as the spacing between windows and doors, can be combined with new products in order to limit the consumption that a residence is responsible for. Not only does the LEED certification imply that the long-term operating costs will be lowered for owners, but it helps to increase the value of a home prior to the sale.

According to Kipnis, a recent home that he built was certified for LEED platinum and "received that designation because of the extensive green features adopted, both tried and true, as well as newer technologies. They included a green roof, natural daylight, radiant floor heating, LED recessed lighting, a compact plumbing core design and passive whole-house ventilation."

These green products allow the home to minimize the total energy expenditures, while also providing for more efficiency within the home. Certain products may not only reduce the amount of electricity that is needed to operate the device, but also increase the comfort level of the residence.

One such product is a Warmboard radiant heating system, as this is a practical, energy efficient and comfortable alternative to other radiant heating systems.

Unlike other systems, which require the use of a certain type of flooring, a Warmboard system can be easily installed and has a much more efficiently delivery of heat. This allows it too reduce the operating costs for a homeowner more than other technology.