Low-voltage radiant heating operates from solar power at Greenbuild

In the Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild 2015, companies demonstrated their ability to operate from renewable energy at the Washington Convention Center.

One of those companies was STEP Warmfloor, which demonstrated the ability of its low-voltage radiant heating system to operate from renewable energy, in this case solar panels.

The Net Zero Zone was connected to an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution.

Monica Irgens with STEP Warmfloor discussed the properties of this unique radiant heating system.

Irgens said the radiant floor heating products are based on a safe, energy-efficient, and patented flat heating element. The energy efficient properties makes it just as suitable for floor warming as it is for heating an entire house or commercial building.

STEP Warmfloor is an electric radiant floor heating system that can be used in new construction, remodeling or in retrofit projects under an existing floor. It incorporates a patented flat heating element that can heat a room or a whole house.

It can eliminate cold floors in a bathroom under ceramic tiles, or it can be used in any room, under most finished floorings, including wood, laminate, carpet, resilient, and natural stone. The radiant heating elements can also be installed between the floor joists when the existing floor covering is to be maintained.

STEP Warmfloor can be used as the primary heat source, as a complementary heat source or simply to take the chill away from your floors. Heat requirements depend on room size and usage, insulation values, location and outside average temperature.

Unlike many other radiant heating systems, STEP Warmfloor is self modulating, so it doesn't create hotspots if someone sits on the floor, for instance, Irgens noted.

Read more about radiant heating.


Topics: Building Green, Heating & Cooling, Radiant Heat, Solar Power, Trade Show, Wind Power

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council, STEP Warmfloor


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