Electric Radiant Heat Addresses Norway’s Guidelines for Indoor Environment, Air Temperature
With people indoors 90 percent of the time, the Norwegian Regional Board of Health and the Department of Employment created guidelines for the country’s indoor business environment. With the employer responsible for indoor air quality, measures were taken to improve conditions for employees. The Division of Employment Security will have the corresponding responsibility for the employees in the work places.
During the heating season, the recommended air temperature in the work place is below 22oC (71.6oF). STEP Warmfloor is a PTC (positive temperature coefficient) self-regulating heating element that efficiently maintains a constant ± 1 degree temperature difference.
It was strongly recommended to have individual zoning to attain the following temperatures: STEP Warmfloor systems are very easily and efficiently zoned by just adding a thermostat where needed. You may need more heat in a bathroom, less in the living areas and very little in a bedroom.
- For light work: 19°C – 26°C (66.2°F – 78.8°F)
- For moderate work: 16°C – 26°C (60.8°F – 78.8°F)
- For heavy work: 10°C – 26°C (50.0°F – 78.8°F)
The work place must be protected against elevated heat, e.g., coming from the sun, hot process, etc., and against cold surfaces (radiant infiltration). STEP Warmfloor gives an even heat distribution over the whole surface and cannot overheat, as the ambient temperature increases, the resistance increases and the consumption decreases.
Overheating reduces concentration and is a risk factor at work where alertness is important. The heat generated from STEP Warmfloor gives ideal soft warmth over the whole floor. The heat distribution in a room is optimal when the temperature is higher at the feet than at the head level. With no blower fan as with forced-air heating, dust is not burned or blown around to aggravate people with allergies or asthma.
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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.