Radiant in Residential

Missouri building to showcase recent energy-efficient upgrades

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:00

One apartment complex in the U.S. underwent a significant retrofit to help provide its residents with more comfort and lower heating bills, all thanks to a few energy efficient products.
The Paquin Tower in Columbia, Missouri, was initially built in the mid 1970s, a time when energy efficiency and green building were not commonly heard terms associated with the real estate market. However, to rectify the situation and to address complaints, a recent project sought to give residents of the tower a safer, cleaner and more efficient home environment, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The news outlet reported that residents had little control over the temperature of their rooms, and a general feeling of discomfort was felt by many. People living in the tower once had to go through through drastic measures like placing aluminum foil on the windows.
"You used to be at the submission of the weather or the heat that rises from the floor, depending on how hot you are," Max Lewis, a member of the housing authority's Board of Commissioners and a Paquin Tower resident since 1987, told the Tribune of the old heating system, which was reliant on an outdated boiler.
The owners of the buildings then received funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to boost energy efficiency at the tower, a move that led to the installation of radiant heating and efficient air conditioning system.
Radiant heating systems can be zoned and are often used by residential and commercial property owners to limit the amount of waste an unclean air that is present in the indoor environment. Costs are cut and comfort is increased for people who use this technology.