Radiant in Residential

ROSE cottage uses radiant heating

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 16:22

Environmentally sustainable materials, eco-friendly appliances and the innovative application of green technology have been paramount for homeowners looking to make a positive impact on the world through their renovations. As more people become aware of the negative effects harmful materials can have on the earth, they have started looking for alternatives that cut down on carbon emissions and prove to be energy efficient. One such home, a large cottage that employs the ROSE construction method, was recently constructed by Harold Turner in New Hampshire.

Zero net energy homes

To promote the creation of houses that produce zero net energy, architects created the ROSE method, which combines best design practices with engineering protocols that emulate environmental sustainability. For a home to be classified as ROSE, it must meet the standards of the four letters, which are renewable energy production, owner driven spacial design, sustainable building practices and energy-efficient construction. On its website, RCM Zero Energy boasts that this method can be employed in any home, regardless of size or location. 

Buildings aiming to produce zero net energy and meet the ROSE standards must use systems that reduce a home's overall energy output, which include solar, geothermal and wind powered items. Owners must have the power to control what happens in the space they provide, having the final say over the final architectural design. Whoever constructs the product must use materials that are sustainable, such as recycled or green items. Finally, the entire project must be built with energy efficiency in mind, which should drive construction and final design plans.

New Hampshire home employs ROSE

One cottage in New Hampshire has effectively incorporated ROSE standards, according to Bosch. Powered by a large solar array over the garage and additional panels on the roof, the house implements creative placement of doors and windows to ensure air stays trapped and minimal resources are wasted. The entire home is warmed by radiant heat flooring, powered by an underground heat pump. Harold Turner, who resides in the 3,370-square-foot building, emphasized that it was built with comfort and minimalism in mind. Since Turner is 85 years old, he wanted the home to be simple enough for him to understand and use, yet complex enough in its operations that it would be able to use as many sustainable resources as possible. In an interview with Bosch, Turner expressed his excitement for his new home.

"I am particularly proud of the fact that that we achieved our goal and managed to complete the building work in just over a year," Turner said in the interview. "The end result is a net-zero-energy house whose architecture fits in with the picturesque surroundings here on the banks of the lake, and which is also very comfortable inside."