Radiant in Residential

Modern home features green solutions

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 12:37

As the cost of living continues to increase across the nation, homeowners are looking for new ways to reduce expenses. One of the premier methods of completing this task is investing in sustainable living. By purchasing technologies and materials that will reduce utility and maintenance expenditures, a homeowner is able to save those funds for other things and keep the bank account filled. 
A house built by Six Degrees Construction of Eugene, Ore., is making headlines for its modern design and eco-friendly construction. Jetson Green reported that the property was outfitted with a number of green technologies to reduce the impact it would have on the environment and limit utility bills. The owners Tim Gift and Sarah Peterman wanted a home that blended well into the surrounding landscape, which includes woodlands, and a house the had a minimal footprint. 
According to the news source, the property includes sustainable technologies and materials in every square foot - including the walls, floors and ceilings. Instead of typical batt or blown insulation, the homeowner was in favor of using exterior rigid insulation on the floors and roof of the structure. Only low-VOC products were included in the design of the building and in the construction process. This was an important part of the sustainability initiative applied to the entire project, which lead to only using repurposed, recycled, nontoxic, or sustainable harvested materials. For example, the cabinetry in the home was made from a black oak tree that fell on the property a few years prior during a wind storm.
The sustainable construction market is on the rise. According to McGraw-Hill Construction's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report, the U.S. green building marketplace is increasing in value. The value of green building has shown considerable growth since 2011, when the sector increased from $10 billion in 2005 to between $204 billion and $248 billion. 
In this property, and others, the inclusion of utility solutions really makes the home more affordable to run. A radiant floor heating system decreases heat loss from occurring in the property, as warmth is applied directly to a space. Unlike more traditional options that use forced hot air, radiant floor heating pumps heat into a room through the power of conduction, which promotes thermal warmth.