Preston and Lynn Simms aren't average homeowners. The two engineers took on the project of renovating their home to make it significantly more energy efficient in the Mount Rose area of King George, Virginia. Knowing full well what the process would include, the Simms still persevered and the home is now ready for inhabitants.
The Free Lance-Star reports that construction took just over a year to complete. Over 1.5 million pounds or 750 tons of concrete and 4.5 miles of rebar went into building the house. The house has over 10,300 square feet of living space.
The Simms wanted to turn their sprawling home into an energy-efficient structure to reduce the environmental impact of living in such a structure and to limit utility costs. With the use of insulated concrete form construction techniques and radiant heating, the Simms were able to achieve their goal.
Radiant floor heating pipes run throughout the property and deliver high quality warmth throughout the house without the inefficiency that a traditional system would.
"Once this house is heated or cooled, it isn't going need a lot of help to stay that way," said David Phelps of Innovative Property Developers (IPD Homes), the builder who helped make the Simms' dreams possible.
Phelps continued on to say that the use of concrete floors and walls and the introduction of radiant floor heating will allow the structure to remain temperature controlled without much effort thanks to mass and thermal dispersion, according to the news source.
By combining multiple forms of energy efficient technology in one project, homeowners are better able to achieve sustainability. Radiant floor heating works with the concrete insulated structure to trap hot and cold air for comfort.