Radiant in Residential

Wren Residence features radiant floor heating

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:49

A modern home in Missoula, Montana, is wowing architects and interior designers with its sleek style and innovative use of sustainable technologies. Arch Daily reported that the residential property was constructed by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture and was designed for a young creative family. The custom creation has been equipped with a number of sustainable technologies and materials to decrease operational expenses associated with running a home. In addition, the eco-friendly features will allow a homeowner to feel peace and comfort knowing that he or she has decreased the environmental impact of the building and the associated carbon footprint. 
The home has been equipped with two solar arrays, a solar water system, geothermal heating and cooling technology, light emitting diodes, custom lighting and Optiwin high-performance windows, according to the news source. The combination of technologies and materials has allowed the architects to accomplish their intended goal of creating a low maintenance property. The 2,300 square-foot shelter has also been outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to allow for the greatest amount of natural light to flow into living spaces.
To boost the performance of the geothermal system and improve comfort felt in the home, the poured concrete floors are covering a radiant floor heating system. Concrete is an exceptional thermal conductor and soaks up the warmth that is evenly distributed by the radiant floor heating system. The sustainable technology produces heat at the ground level so that everyone can benefit the greatest from the warmth before is slowly rises to fill the rest of the space. Homes with high ceilings, which are intended to increase how large rooms appear, are best outfitted with a radiant floor heating system.