Archetype Sustainable House, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Archetype Sustainable House in Ontario uses radiant heating to improve quality of life
As homebuilders and homeowners continue to demand high-performance structures, system designers are looking for sustainable solutions to reduce energy usage, while maintaining function and comfort.
- Sustainable home chooses Uponor PEX radiant floor heating system
- Wirsbo hePEX™ tubing for the radiant heating system
- Installing contractor: Canadian In-floor Radiant Solutions Inc.
- Project management: Habitat for Humanity
- Wirsbo hePEX™ Tubing
Sustainable housing competition winner chooses an Uponor radiant heating system to help reduce ecological footprint
In an Uponor radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing that is either embedded in the concrete, fastened to the subfloor surface or suspended under the floors. The warmth radiates up from the floor to warm objects and people in a room. The designers chose an Uponor hydronic system because water has the capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air to use less energy than a traditional forced-air system.
In conjunction with the radiant heating solution, the team installed a heat-recovery ventilator that uses fans to maintain a low-velocity flow of fresh outdoor air into the house (incoming air stream) while removing an equal amount of stale indoor air (exhaust air stream).
Staying true to the sustainable design, the LEED®-certified home also incorporated features such as ENERGY STAR® appliances, solar panels, double-paned windows, and a water collection and filtration system.
At the housing fairs of Kouvola, in summer 2019, was presented House Beauty which has the modern control system Uponor Smatrix Pulse for radiant underfloor heating and cooling system.
At the end of autumn 2013, Uponor's new product, Uponor Gray Water Filter Home, was installed in Ruuhijärvi, Nastola.
The 30 years old copper plumbing of the house were replaced with a Uponor composite system. The renovation was over in one day. The contractor for the job was LVI-Dalton Ltd from Klaukkala, Finland.