Radiant in Residential

Convincing homeowners to make energy efficient upgrades

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 14:34

The housing industry is seeing a steady increase in awareness from both consumers and government agencies to adopt more energy efficient upgrades, especially given the need for sharp reductions in energy use due to the impact of carbon emissions.
According to Forbes, there has been a push by many local officials to encourage homeowners to learn about the benefits of making upgrades to their homes, as the problem is not something that arises often regarding new construction.
"I am not at all worried about building new energy-efficient homes," said Reuben Schwartz, manager of the Residential Energy Programs for the City and County of San Francisco. "It can be done. It has been done. I am really worried about the 98 percent of the other homes that are out there."
Many owners of existing homes, especially those built in the past 50 years, are being encouraged to make upgrades that would help them achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED buildings not only have a higher monetary value than homes without this certification, they also have a clear advantage in reducing long-term operating costs. The technology that is used in these residences will cut energy costs and consumption, allowing homeowners to see both long- and short-term benefits.
By including radiant heating systems and other green technologies as part of a renovation process for a home, owners can see a sharp reduction in the amount of money it costs to provide for their family. In fact, a Warmboard home can contribute unto 15 LEED points while reducing energy bills by over 30%.
The high energy costs that often require homeowners to limit the amount of heat they use during winter months may no longer be a problem, as radiant heating systems help to reduce the overall amount of energy needed to heat a home.