Radiant in Residential

Homes across the nation feature radiant floor heating

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 09:12

Homeowners across the country are investing in high-quality materials designed to promote comfort and greater operational efficiency. The time has come for property owners to select the utility systems that will boost the joy felt in a space and reduce the cost of running a home each month. 
Value of the green construction market
According to the McGraw-Hill Construction's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report, the value of green building has grown considerably in the last decade. In 2005, the green construction industry was valued at $10 billion, by 2011 it has risen to $78 billion. The swift growth of the green construction industry is expected to reach between $98 billion and $106 billion in 2013. By 2016, just three years later, the green construction market is expected to more than double - reaching about $204 billion to $248 billion in value. 
"We're seeing tremendous growth in green building, providing a bright light in an otherwise uncertain economy," said Harvey M. Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction. "Not only does this mean a strong outlook for green building, but also the benefits that go along with that: more jobs, greater financial benefits from green and high performance buildings, stronger competitive positioning for those firms that build green, and healthier work and learning environments for our population." 
Despite the uncertain times the economy has gone through in the last decade, the green construction market is still going strong, for both the residential and commercial sector. Tremendous growth is being reported in the green construction sector and the various technologies and materials that help a property attain a more eco-friendly status.
Homeowners select green technologies for new houses and renovation projects
Homes across the nation are being outfitted with the latest in green and eco-friendly materials and technologies. In Madison, N.J., 30 miles outside of New York City, a three-story house has been renovated to include a number of energy-efficient technologies and sustainable materials to reduce monthly utility costs and make the property more eco-friendly, The New York Times reported. These changes included adding insulation, new windows and doors and the inclusion of a radiant floor heating system. 
Another home located near Detroit also features a number of similar green solutions. According to the news source, the property has been modified to improve the cost of living there. The single-story brick-and-limestone structure was renovated between 2004 and 2006. Underneath the new slate and light-colored hardwood floors is a radiant floor heating system. The inclusion of this eco-friendly solution was intended to reduce the monthly utility bills associated with the property.A radiant floor heating system relies on less energy than more traditional heat delivery systems like vents, radiators or baseboard units. Through the power of conduction, warmth is spread throughout the house into the many areas that make this property a home. Nearly every room in the home is outfitted with the system that runs underneath the floorboards or tiles. Because radiant floor heating uses less energy than more traditional heating options, a homeowner is able to save considerably. In addition, the system is often easily hooked up to a renewable energy resource for added efficiency. While the heating technology is not supplied with renewable energy in the Detroit house, it is still able to provide the homeowners with exceptional savings. The eco-friendly solution is beneficial to a property owner's carbon footprint, as well as his or her wallet.