Re: ability to heat upstairs W/O installing heat upstairs
From: OCCNG11 (
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 10:44:19 -0800 (PST)

What is your energy source for radiant heating, electricity or gas?

Norm Gauss
----- Original Message ----- From: "alfred hardman" <hardman.alfred [at]>
To: <cohousing-L [at]>
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:40 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ ability to heat upstairs W/O installing heat upstairs

Hi all I'm on the building committee of Fordyce Street Coho in Ashland Oregon. We're in the last part of our design phase and we're hitting up against some financial pressures. We need to cut some costs ( surprise ). One of the things we're looking at is not installing heating on the second floor of our homes. The catch is we're using in slab radiant heat on the first floor. If we were using forced air heat we could expect the heat to rise to the second floor, but with radiant the air temperature will be much lower, and wouldn't be expected to rise as much. We live in a moderate climate west of the Cascades where the average winter temperature is 35 to 40 degrees. Our buildings will be well insulated. They are duplex style, sharing a common wall between two buildings. Additionally we're designing passive solar into the homes, which should provide 25% of the needed heat load. So far we have been told that not installing heat upstairs will not work, that it will work, and t
hat at
worst we would have to plug in electric heaters for supplemental heat for the upstars rooms. We'll be asking local professionals about this, but we all thought that some of you may have had some experience with this issue . We'd appreciate any help. Thanks. Alfred.

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