Home Aims for Efficient Performance with Radiant Floor Heating System

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Home Aims for Efficient Performance with Radiant Floor Heating System

The 2,000-sq.-ft. custom home manages to pack dozens of energy-saving and durability features into a bright, open plan.
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Harbin Residence

Green Builder Media

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 9:30am

CAMPAIGN: Building Science

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Located in Bend, Oregon, the Harkin Residence is a little unusual for a custom residence. First, it’s fairly modest in size, well under the typical scale of custom projects in the area. But it’s also special in its attention to durable materials.

For example, the home's exterior is stucco with integrated color, and its simple, shed-style roofs feature metal roofing. Other areas of siding include metal and concrete, and windows are aluminum clad. The patios are concrete, and wherever practical, floors are either concrete or tile, or both.

The house also maximizes potential gains from what’s behind the walls (and floors) The many “hidden features include a tight, insulated shell (floor, wall, ceiling), effective natural ventilation and cooling, a 94% efficient, tankless on-demand hot water heater, high performance windows and exterior doors, a photovoltaic system, and a roof that will accommodate a solar hot water system and expansion to the PV system if desired in the future.

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