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

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posted on 2021-05-21, 16:10 authored by Saunak Shukla, Reza Daneshazarian, Aggrey Mwesigye, Wey H. Leong, Seth B. Dworkin
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 behaviour 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 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. Keywords: Metal plate with spikes; radiant floor heating and cooling; energy efficiency; thermal comfort; computer simulation; economic optimization