Radiant Heating

Radiant floors, walls and heating systems

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How to Build a Frost Protected Shallow Foundation (FPSF) Forms

Design and construction of frost-protected shallow foundations with radiant heat

Building our Frost Protected Shallow Foundation slab on grade with Solar radiant floor heating powered by air tubes heated with air solar panels for our demo house - Ingenious! Ideal for boosting Passive House heating in cold climate zones. Why build a frost protected shallow foundation using prefabricated foam…

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

A comeback for foam radiant floor ICF forms heated with air tubes. Radiant heating systems are very common in concrete floors now because they provide a very balanced and comfortable distribution of heat. Those systems are most commonly hydronic, meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which…

How radiant floors work

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

Why are some homes more comfortable than others? Learn about how to design a home for human comfort, which also makes for a more durable and efficient home. Have you ever noticed that at times you can feel cold in your home even though the air temperature is exactly where you like to keep it? That's…

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom

DIY radiant floor installation

Radiant heated floors add comfort to a home and can help you heat more efficiently. There is some debate in performance building circles, particularly in the Passive House community as to whether or not you can add enough insulation below a concrete floor to eliminate the need for heating it. We have been on the…

Radiant floor tube installation

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

Installing a hydronic radiant floor system in a slab-on-grade floor. Here is our DIY video of  how to lay down tubing for our radiant floor in the Edelweiss House. We have a 10 zone system, allowing floor temperatures in each room to be controlled independently. HePex tubing was provided by Uponor, who also use…

Hydronic heating system

Hydronic heating

Hydronic heating systems involve heated liquid being pumped through radiators, baseboard heaters, floors or even walls. Similar to electric baseboards, hydronic heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though different from electric resistance heating…