A novel radiant floor system: Detailed characterization and comparison with traditional radiant systems

Saunak Shukla, Reza Daneshazarian, Aggrey Mwesigye, Wey H. Leong, Seth B. Dworkin

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Abstract

Radiant floor systems have the potential to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint of buildings. This study analyzed a novel radiant panel configuration comprising a metal plate with small spikes that can be pressed into cement board or wood. The behavior of this configuration was simulated for different materials for the metal plate, spike dimensions, and varying spacing between spikes. An annual energy simulation model compared the radiant panel configuration with the traditional concrete-based system. Simulations were run under heating dominant, cooling dominant, and neutral conditions; significant cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction were seen across all scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Green Energy
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 26 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [EGP 530234 - 18]. The authors would like to thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canada Research Chair (CRC) program for providing financial support. The authors also acknowledge the technical expertise provided by Mr. John Swift from Nucap Industries Inc.

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canada Research Chair (CRC) program for providing financial support. The authors also acknowledge the technical expertise provided by Mr. John Swift from Nucap Industries Inc.

Keywords

  • Metal plate with spikes
  • computer simulation
  • economic optimization
  • energy efficiency
  • radiant floor heating and cooling
  • thermal comfort

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