It’s not surprising when architects specify radiant heating and cooling in a renovation or new construction. It is however, quite an affirmation of the radiant concept when the firm specifies it for their own building.
When the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago, IL, decided to construct a house - on museum grounds - that could demonstrate the current state-of-the-art in intelligent sustainable housing, radiant heat was an obvious choice towards that goal. The Museum calls this exhibit, Smart Home: Green + Wired.
Calling this past winter “brutal” would probably be an accurate statement for most of North America. Massive storms, record low temperatures and snowfall swept across the vast majority of the continent.
Brunelleschi Construction is an incredible firm based out of New Jersey. And though you may have never heard of them, in all likelihood you have heard of a couple of their team members - Principal Anthony Carrino and Senior Project Manager John Colaneri who have their own hit show, Cousins Undercover.
Analogies are wonderful things - ideal in helping others visualize and understand a topic they are unfamiliar with. We use them too. While radiant heat is known for its comfort and energy efficiency, different products offer varying levels of performance. For those unfamiliar with radiant heat, discussing the differences between a high mass system and a low mass system is almost like a foreign language. But if we make a car analogy, and say, for example, that radiant heat is like a car, low mass systems are sedans, high mass systems are semi-trucks - this is something everyone can visualize.