Radiant in Residential

California resident claims to have most 'earth-friendly' house

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 16:17

One Del Mar, California resident and owner of a building company, set a goal for her future residence to become the greenest in the state, and after she received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Laura Parker got some better news from the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the Del Mar Times, Parker wound up getting the highest score in the state, surpassing the already-high expectations she had set for herself and her company.
"We were platinum going into it, and being the highest wasn’t our goal really," said Parker, owner of construction company Del Mar Restoration. "The goal was just to try to do everything right and the rating was a byproduct of doing everything the best we could."
She noted that normally people only build their own residence once and it makes sense to pull out all of the stops in order to make it as green and efficient as possible. Including technology like radiant heating helps to accomplish several goals, including cutting costs and consumption, while also scoring points according to the LEED rating system.
This was an easy choice for Parker, especially given the time and energy she put into her home.
"I’ve always wanted to do a modern house, I’ve always wanted to do a barn and I’ve always wanted to do a LEED home," Parker told the Times.
Radiant heating systems can often vary in their effectiveness, as some products, like those available from Warmboard, are more efficient due to the design of the technology.
Warmboard radiant heating systems are made with highly conductive aluminum paneling, allowing for the water being pumped through the tubing to be heated less than what competitors' products would require.