Radiant in Residential

Aiming for sustainability

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 10:35

What does sustainability require? For residential property owners, investing in modern solutions that decrease the cost of utilities and energy use is key. A wide range of solutions have been developed and perfected in the last decade to improve the sustainability of a property and decrease the carbon footprint associated with a structure.
Committed to greater sustainability
The New York Times reported that over the last decade, the most widely recognized seal of approval for green buildings in New York City and most of the nation has been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Property developers who advertise sustainable or eco-friendly services strive for LEED certification to appeal to residents. 
"We made a commitment almost seven years ago to start working on innovative construction and making sustainable buildings, so that it becomes the default way to build," said Michael Namer, the chief executive of Alfa Development, according to the news source. The company is halfway through developing its "Green Collection," four condominium buildings seeking LEED gold certification that also include green elements not required by LEED. 
A number of eco-friendly solutions are being included in new construction projects across the nation. Often, the technologies deployed are systems that will do particularly well in a set region or will either bring comfort of greater sustainability to a property owner. Contractors and property developers are focusing their attention on installing more energy-efficient technologies in structures, whether they are single homes, condos or apartments. Some of the more popular installations include solar panels, a geothermal heat pump system or radiant floor heating. By featuring one or more of these technologies in a property, a homeowner is able to drastically reduce his or her monthly utility bills. 
Eco-friendly technologies boost sustainability
Homeowners and property developers can renovate a current structure or build a  new one with a number of energy-efficient technologies included in the design. A radiant floor heating system is easily paired with either traditional energy or renewable options. Regardless of whether a homeowner selects a renewable energy solution or not, the system is able to reduce the energy use required by a property in comparison to forced hot air systems. As a result, a homeowner is able to save money on his or her monthly heating expenses - a benefit as the cost of oil or natural gas continues to rise.
In addition, if a residential property owner did want to invest in the system in conjunction with geothermal heat pumps or solar panels, he or she would be able to easily. The eco-friendly solution is able to work with a wide variety of energy resources to provide the greatest versatility possible to contractors and homeowners. A radiant floor heating system can be applied under a wide range of flooring materials, which means that it can work in conjunction with a designer's specs, a homeowner's desires and structural or sustainability goals. 
The sustainability of the technology will not impact the comfort a homeowner will feel in a space, which is the real goal. Making the switch to eco-friendly solutions will hardly continue if the technologies create an uncomfortable living environment. A radiant floor heating system boosts the relaxation a person will feel in a space because it drives warmth consistently into a space and uses the power of conduction. This means that common respiratory irritants are not transported around a house, heat is not wasted and every floor in a home receives the same amount of heat.