Demand for “Thermal Comfort” Grows: Solutions Constantly Expanding, Improving
Several factors are contributing to the demand for better thermal comfort around the world: perceptions/attitudes toward climate change, adoption of numerous energy-efficient codes and technologies at varying measures across the globe, and population expansion to name a few.
Buildings already account for up to 40% of our global energy demands (and nearly 50% in the US). New solutions are continually being developed to help homes and workplaces become more energy efficient – from airtight envelopes and superinsulation materials to integrated photovoltaic panels. When combined with user behavior, these solutions can help to reduce the energy consumption of our buildings by a factor of three.
Thermal Comfort includes cooling in tropical areas of the world, as well as heating in colder climates, where the middle class’ economy is expanding.
One U.S.-based company addressing worldwide heating needs is Electro Plastics, Inc./STEP Warmfloor, the inventor and manufacturer of the only low-voltage, flat, homogeneous self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater in the world; electric radiant heating with exclusive, self-regulating Nano Polycarbon technology.
Their electric radiant heating system can be easily installed in existing homes and buildings, as well as new construction. Unlike other radiant heating options, STEP Warmfloors’ self-regulating feature saves tremendous energy, as it does not constantly consume energy. As the room warms, less energy is used to maintain a thermal comfort with its self-regulating proprietary properties.
This blog was developed by STEP Warmfloor. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.
Companies: STEP Warmfloor
Monica Irgens Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.