Luxury Tiny House, East Coast , USA
Major plumbing system for a tiny house on the East Coast
The homeowner, Tracey Powell, also happens to be its designer and builder. She and her brother, Trever Powell, wanted to ensure her home was safe, sustainable, durable, functional and technological. When it came to choosing a plumbing system to meet all of her needs, she first did her research, and then called Uponor.
- 150-square-foot tiny home
- Uponor AquaPEX plumbing system
- Distributor: The Granite Group
- Engineer: RW Sullivan
- ½" Uponor AquaPEX
- ProPEX Fittings
Uponor PEX plumbing systems' and their ability to withstand movement made for a perfect fit
Sustainability was an extremely important aspect of the project, especially when choosing a plumbing system.
“I wanted the quality of my drinking water to be high,” explained Powell. "The fact that the ProPEX® expansion fittings don’t need adhesives and glues like other fittings was very important to me. I don’t want chemicals seeping into my water.”
Every inch counts in a tiny home, so Powell was pleased with the flexibility of the ½" Uponor AquaPEX® tubing. The bend-radius made it easy to install quick turns with each change in direction, without having to stop and cut a fitting. Building a tiny house comes with challenges, but Uponor helped tackle these challenges with a little creativity.
“We wanted to prevent the PEX tubing from touching the spray foam insulation, but needed it located as close to the interior conditioned space as possible and in a very narrow wall cavity,” said Powell. “Even though ProPEX resists freezing and condensation, we took extra precautions and used Uponor’s Ecoflex® insulation to protect the PEX tubing—it’s worked out great.”
Because the tiny house includes numerous high-end technologies, there are many plumbing fixtures with metal fittings. Powell was impressed with how easy and seamless it was to connect the ProPEX expansion fittings with the wide-array of metal fittings.
In the future, Powell plans to consult other homeowners in designing their very own tiny houses and wants to help navigate them through best products, practices and processes—and she says an Uponor AquaPEX plumbing system is definitely on her list.
“The Uponor plumbing system is the easiest and most efficient piping for any tiny house,” she said.
I wanted the quality of my drinking water to be high. The fact that the ProPEX® expansion fittings don’t need adhesives and glues like other fittings was very important to me. I don’t want chemicals seeping into my water.
Changzhou Tian'an Villa is located in Wujin District of Changzhou City. With a total construction area of about 500㎡, this Project adopts a full set of Uponor radiant air conditioning system, which includes ground radiant system, ceiling radiant system, hydraulic conveying system, air conditioning automatic control system and fresh air dehumidification system. Uponor Engineering Department is responsible for the whole project’s conceptual design, product procurement, construction guidance, quality supervision, and system debugging.Owners, based on a preliminary understanding of the radiant system, can put forward their requirements on thermal comfort, indoor air quality, noise, airflow distribution, temperature and humidity control, future maintenance and other aspects.
1. Unlike traditional convection air conditioning (fan coil unit, air-air conditioning, etc.), radiant heat exchange makes up about 60% of the radiant system and the amount of body heat dissipated by radiant is largely increased, which is quite similar to what ASHRAE describes as human body heat exchange comfort model: 30% convection heat exchange, 45% radiant heat exchange and 25% evaporation heat exchange. Moreover, the radiant system could also reduce or increase the temperature of surrounding walls accordingly to cooling or heating conditions, so as to further improve the comfort and friendliness of indoor environment.
2. Compared with terminal equipment of traditional air conditioning that involves a lot of condensed wet surfaces, which may cause the condensate water pan to breed a large number of bacterium and seriously endanger human health, Terminal equipment of radiant conditioning is free of wet surface, and indoor humidity is also strictly controlled, which is conductive to improving the cleanliness of indoor air.
3. Terminal of radiant air conditioning is free of any moving parts, thus eliminating the indoor noise source fundamentally, and further creating an extremely pleasant and wholesome environment for the customers to live in.
4. For most people that have long been subject to air conditioning environment, it is likely for them to suffer the so-called "Air Conditioner Syndrome",which is mainly caused by insufficient fresh air indoor, growth of mould in air conditioning system, long-term blowing feeling and so on. As mentioned above, radiant system can fundamentally eliminate the three hidden dangers, and thus deserves the name as a new generation "immune air conditioning".
By adopting the high temperature cooling source, this system can also effectively reduce the operational energy consumption of air-conditioning system while improve its indoor thermal environment.Ground radiant system adopts Uponor's five-layer oxygen barrier 20mm Pex-a pipeline, so as to ensure the quality of circulating water of air conditioning, improve the heat exchange performance of cold and heat source equipment, and prolong the service life of system.Ceiling system adopts Teporis precast gypsum radiant panel, with cooling capacity of unit area in design condition reaching 85W/m2, therefore largely eliminating users' worries about the cooling capacity of the radiant system. Gypsum radiant panel comes with an insulation layer to ensure that cooling capacity is supplied to air conditioning area to the full extent, and avoid the waste of heating and cooling capacity. Radiant panel adopts modular construction, which is easy and convenient to install, and conductive to guaranteeing the aesthetic effect of interior decoration while ensuring the effect of air conditioning.Hydraulic conveying system is composed of water mixing center, balance valve and main transmission pipeline. Uponor water mixing center well integrates the control module, electric three-way valve and circulating water pump, which ensures the allocation of hydraulic system on demand and on time, and realizes the efficient operation of hydraulic system intelligently.Air conditioning automatic control system adopts a full set of Wave Plus+ Move Plus wireless control system, which helps to eliminate the wiring process of conventional control system, and largely reduce the costs of construction and maintenance. Moreover, it also manages to link the whole indoor and outdoor equipment together organically and thus ensures the efficient and coordinated control of the whole system. Dedicated dehumidifying fresh air ventilator adopts a dual-cooling mode characterized by refrigerant + air conditioning cooling water, which not only ensures the dehumidification effect of system but also gives consideration to the energy consumption of fresh air dehumidification. Fresh air dehumidifier could also improve the air quality indoor, and control such key parameters as TVOC, PM2.5 and CO2 concentration that are widely concerned by the public.
The whole set of radiant air conditioning system has managed to provide the owners an ideal indoor microclimate environment characterized by high comfort, high energy efficiency, high air quality, and high intelligence. And Uponor, in turn, is highly recognized and acknowledged by the owners based on their actual experiences.
Electric underfloor heating is an excellent solution for renovation or new building, both in terms of purchase price, flexibility and installation time. Uponor Comfort E is suitable for tile, laminate and parquet floors, in damp and dry areas.
At the housing fairs of Kouvola was presented House Beauty that is bright house for family with children. The comfortable house consists of Uponor system for HVAC. The new and modern room control system Uponor Smatrix Pulse was installed to control the radiant underfloor heating and cooling system.
There are many advantages with underfloor cooling system, for example energy efficiency, dratless and room control system. In addition, underfloor heating system increases living comfort.
• Underwater connection to houseboats
• Integrated heating cable keeps cables frost-free
Life on the water decelerates: Slowly it flows along, quietly hitting the aluminium hull, the sun's rays reflecting on the smooth surface, birds can be heard, fish show themselves and the surrounding nature is so close. What was developed as a hip alternative in the hip big cities with rivers, canals and lakes is now also firmly moored in the Elbe-Weser Canal on three jetties of the new houseboat marina in Bad Bederkesa. The eight floating holiday houseboats are connected to the local drinking water supply and sewage system with 450 m pre-insulated Uponor Ecoflex Supra PLUS pipes. Thanks to the integrated heating cable, the pipes remained frost-free even in the first winter.
In Villa Neureuther in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything is geared towards comfort, and the quality is right down to the last detail. This also applies to the underfloor heating and cooling as well as the drinking water installation. Here ski stars Miriam and Felix Neureuther rely on systems from Uponor.
In the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom, Felix Neureuther is probably nobody's equal: the son of sports legends Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther was already skiing at the age of two. With 13 World Cup victories, 47 podium places and five World Cup medals, he has become a skiing legend himself. His wife Miriam also looks back on a very successful sports career in cross-country skiing and biathlon. The young family set the same high standards for their new home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as they did for their sport. The location right next to their parents' house is a statement: the Neureuthers are grounded family people.
Heating systems was missing so no visits were allowed during winter. We improved microclimate indoor condition installing an underfloor heating system, the Minitec system.
Seocho house is a 534.98m2 light wooden house (1 underground and 2 stories) located in Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul. This is a low-energy house with thermal insulation and airtightness of passive house level and with solar and geothermal energy systems as an active elements. Uponor underfloor heating and cooling system has been adopted in this project, in which pipes are embedded in the floor screed and the floors are used as radiant surfaces.
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Historical buildings restoration is about maintaining the original appearance of finishes and architecture and integration into a modern and economically efficient system. Besides the aesthetic factor, a home means comfort, relaxation and a harmonious and healthy indoor environment.