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Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating (Radiant heating more specifically) is a solution more and more used in new homes, so the energy resources, more and more scarce and expensive, can be effectively used.

It was an invention of the ancient Romans, who made convey hot air under the floors to keep the spa warm and welcoming. Today this system has reached a fully mature technology with a superior efficiency to the traditional radiators present in most of our homes.

The operation is allowed by a coil of tubes in which water flows at a temperature of about 30 ° -40 ° (the heaters have a normal temperature of 70 ° -80 °) These tubes are connected to the boiler that heats the fluid. The slab in the inner part, in contact with the structure, houses an insulator which does not allow the passage of heat toward the lower floor but only to the environment to be heated.

An Underfloor heating has as greater advantages the minimum heat loss and a constant heating over the entire surface to be heated, while the main disadvantage is the higher construction costs of the pavement.

It is a cost which can be 50% greater than the one of a typical radiators system, but the advantages are: more space in the apartment, lower energy consumption, constant and balanced heat all over the space.

A room with no radiators on walls looks larger and less dense and it’s also easier to decorate. Moreover, underfloor heating can help to reduce the humidity content of a room and that can be especially beneficial for those suffering from asthma who can endure the problems caused by dust mites, which thrive in humid environments.

to conclude

Underfloor heating Advantages

  • Lower temperature (30° -40 °) with associated energy savingsPotential in applying solar panels straight to heating
  • The great possibility of using condensing boilers instead of compensation ones
  • Uniform and constant temperature
  • Larger surface area available due to the absence of radiators
  • Reduction of convective motion that moves dust
  • Absence of hot air at the top and air at the ankles level
  • No more dust combustion
  • Adaptable technology for summer cooling

Underfloor heating Disadvantages

  • Greater realization cost compare to the traditional systems
  • Slowness in bringing to room temperature the space to be heated

Firemen

Michaela Gerd Bergmeister and Wolf are two highly appreciated Viennese architects.

This is one of their works in Bolzano, on the Wine Route in Magrè.

It’s a firemen stationwhich has been made  close to a rock wall: The main element is a reinforced concrete black wall, behind it there  are some caves used as warehouse and garage.

Only simple elements, such as glass, steel, cement have been used to build it and their combination has produced the result you now see in the picture.

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Houses for scrapping

“Since the end of the 2nd world war to the present Italy has had the biggest housing boom in its history – explains Loris Rossi – If in 1945 we recorded 35 million living quarters, now they amount to about 120 million, that is, in almost 60 years there have been built about 85 million spaces”

“There are about 40 million rooms, built between 1945 and 1972-75, which are not only worthy of preservation, but that should be destroyed as soon as possible as they were badly built, in a hurry and without seismic criteria.”

There are 40 million junk rooms, that should be scrapped or at least renewed.

“Reducing the urban policy to the increase of cubic volume, as in the first version of the” house plan “, is a big mistake: we must open a broader perspective to renew the Italian urban armor and restart the economy moving of our cities. “