If you are reading this blog, then you are an interested party in building to Passive House standards. And I applaud you for that commitment.
All of us would like to start over with all the right features included in the dwellings that we live in. For those of you who have been working with an architect, you will know that there are always trade-offs as a project is being put together. In the end you will probably not be able to have every want on your list.
If the heating of the structure leaves some areas inadequately passively heated because of the design of the building; or if this is a remodeling project and you must work with what you have; or your local building codes require some kind of heat installed, then I would suggest exploring the use of electric radiant heating to supplement.
Calorique film electric radiant heating can be installed in three different ways to heat flooring, or in the ceiling with enough wattage to be primary heating. On a programmable thermostat you can have customized heating where and when you need it.
A major goal of having a passively heated house is to eliminate, as much as possible, paying for heating. With that mindset you will also want to keep expenses down for any supplemental heating system. The Calorique film electric radiant heating systems utilize 99% of electricity in the production of heat – very efficient. The Small Planet Workshop can provide you a heat loss analysis with projected energy use and cost per year if you wish to see what the additional cost will be to install supplemental Calorique radiant heating.
If you’re wondering how ‘film’ electric radiant heating works differently than other heating systems, here is our explanation. There are no hydronic tubes or boiler, no wires, no transformer, no pipes and compressors, and no wall units. Just polyester film with flat electric bus bars and carbon lines covering the panels to distribute the heat. So it’s even heat, noiseless, unseen – no vents or ducts or wall units. The film is incorporated into the building and directs warmth at people and objects to heat them, rather than heating air.
This concept for heating was popular in past decades and then disappeared, yet it is still an efficient and viable method of heating, which is seeing a resurgence now that the public is desirous of getting the most heat for their dollar.
Contact The Small Planet Workshop for your Heat Loss Questionnaire to obtain a quote for inclusion of Calorique film radiant heating in your project.
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Calorique: Heat Feels Good! Blog Post #2
Calorique radiant heating systems have been around since the early 1980’s when the US building industry was using radiant heating in a good percentage of dwellings.
You can find apartments in every city with ceiling heating and homes with slab heating. Calorique heating systems are used now in renovations of these buildings when there is damage done to a 40 year old + working system.
No one seems to know why this type of heating system almost disappeared in the US. In Europe and the rest of the world electric radiant heating never disappeared and at this point in time Calorique does most of our business outside the US.
Homeowners and designers, introduced to Calorique’s newest methods for providing heating here on the west coast, have been open to including this type of heating in new or remodeled projects. I fascinatedly watch the gears turn when I talk to people about Calorique’s film radiant heating systems as this concept of heating starts to make sense to them.
Here’s an example of a good use of Calorique film radiant heating as replacement heating in a home that is far from Passive House standards. It has little possibility of including many aspects of Passive House building, being limited by budget, perpetrated by the arrival of 3 boys in 4 years:
The homeowner decided to use the Under Floor heating film after taking out a 60 + year old natural gas wall heater in the living room that was able to heat the whole house when it was 600sq.ft. With the addition of a bath and 2 bedrooms at the back of the house this wall furnace was inadequate as well as old. The homeowner didn’t want to spend $8K on a new nat. gas furnace with ducting. After doing a Heat Loss Calculation for each room we determined that we could provide enough wattage and heating with the Under Floor heating system and insulation, attaching it beneath the subfloor, accessed from the crawlspace.
Installing the Calorique Under Floor heating system will allow the homeowner to remove the electric resistance wall heaters in the pre-schoolers’ room, removing the possibility of a smoldering fire if toys were left in front of it. The floor will also be warm for them to play on. With no furnace fan blowing air the room will feel warmer and without dust billowing there will be no unhealthy allergic reactions for the children.
Small Planet Workshop can answer your questions and provide you with your own Heat Loss Calculation for the rooms you are interested in heating with Calorique