1812 Federal Mansion Goes Green


Numbering the planks Ready for tubing
Floor planks were numbered before removal (click to enlarge)

The wood plank floors in this room are the original floors that were layed down when the house was built. To install radiant tubing beneath these wooden planks, we meticulously numbered and recorded the location of each one before removing it so that it could be put back down in its original position.


Laying the tubing Tubing
This tubing will eventually heat the whole house (click to enlarge)

Tubing was layed down in a serpentine pattern throughout the entire room. These tubes will carry hot water, which in turn will radiate heat through the floors and heat the room.


Radiators Heating system
Out with the old: The old heating system was completely removed (click to enlarge)

Tubing
In with the new: Radiant tubing beneath the original floors (click to enlarge)


Digging trench Tubing going down
A trench was dug in the original basement kitchen and new tubing was installed (click to enlarge)

To accent the new heating system, new PVC tubing was installed in the basement and environmentally-friendly insulation was applied in the attic.


Attic before soy insulation After soy insulation
The attic before and after the soy insulation (click to enlarge)

In the attic, the old fiberglass insulation was removed and replaced with a sprayable soy insulation that expands into holes and cracks. Because it is flexibile even after it has dried, it moves with the building, ensuring that those cracks remain sealed. Because of this, it is extremely energy efficient, and when used in conjunction with other energy efficient restoration materials, homeowners can use much less energy to heat their homes. Soy insulation is also environmentally friendly, as the soy bean oil it is made from is a renewable resource.

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