Simplify life; that is the intent of Universal Design. The goal is to make products and an environment functional for all people through the process of embedding choice for all people in all things designed.
As life expectancy and modern medicine advances for people living with disabilities, the demand for universally designed materials is rising which is enabling the need for more accessible products. The mental and physical difficulties that come with having a disability can make standard living spaces a challenge. With high cabinets, narrow doorways, and small rooms, it is no simple task to maneuver around a standard home in a wheelchair, with ease. For accessibility, products have to be constructed to be flexible enough for direct use and compatible with assistive technologies.
Recently, WarmlyYours had the unique opportunity of providing radiant floor heating for a Universal Design project with Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti and husband, Mark Leder. Dr. Rossetti, herself, with physical disabilities, and her husband constructed a Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) home so they can live in a place that is accessible and comfortable.
The UDLL incorporates universal design accessibility and advanced automation technology with feng shui design principles. “A home is not truly sustainable until it is accessible,” said Dr. Rossetti about the UDLL project and purpose.
And in following these wise words, WarmlyYours donated their product to provide sustainable and accessible heat, in order to give Dr. Rossetti and Mr. Leder better heat regulation and comfort in their home. WarmlyYours installed TempZone™ electric radiant floor heating inside their home and provided towel warmers for their bathrooms.
“Radiant heating is a good fit for this home, especially when compared to traditional forced air heating. Radiant heat emits warmth that aids those with mobility challenges, so that they don’t need to position themselves in relation to the heat source, the heat comes to you,” said WarmlyYours President/Owner Julia Billen. “I count a great reward to be a part of this project!”
Specifically, the main difference between radiant heating and conventional forced- air systems is that conventional systems put warm air in the room without actually heating the objects. Conversely, radiant heat warms all the objects and people in the room using the same principle as the sun, with radiating warmth absorption. The UDLL home has an expected completion date by the end of January, allowing the Rossetti-Leder family to move in by February 2012. The landscaping will be completed in the spring, followed by a month of tours to the national media and public.
To view photos of this project, visit their gallery: www.udll.com/the-home/photo-gallery. Also watch the building progress through their live site camera: http://www.udll.com/
WarmlyYours SmartPlan™ for Bathroom 1
WarmlyYours SmartPlan™ for Bathroom 2
TempZone™ Installation for Bathroom 2
About Radiant Heating Technology
Based on the principle of the warm heat from the sun, radiant heat is a sustainable healthy heat that is absorbed. Radiant heat is not prone to losing heat and does not overheat any surface. With the use of radiant heat as a primary heating source, temperature levels are on an average of 5.6% lower than any other form of heating. That means, for every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save 5% off your current heating bill. That’s a 25-30% annual savings!
Radiant Floor Heating systems have been an affordable source of luxury for many years and will continue to be for many years more. There is little that can compare to the feeling of a warm floor under your feet on a cold morning or those long frozen winter nights.
About WarmlyYours Radiant Heating Inc.
Trusted Experience • Steadfast Innovation
With trusted industry experience, 12+ years of business, WarmlyYours, located in USA and Canada, offers the industry’s most innovative energy-efficient and maintenance-free electric radiant heating solutions for virtually any flooring surface and radiant heat solutions for any room. We offer the hottest floor-heating mat on the market, with a fully heated mat that utilizes a full 15-watt per square foot.
We’re More than Floor Heating…
The only company to feature a full collection of radiant products, from our core product – floor heating, snow melting, towel warmers, and our newest “Best of Show” KBIS 2011 award-winning product, LAVA® infrared glass heating panels, WarmlyYours offers a product that fits you or your client’s needs and style.
Universal Design Living Laboratory Columbus, OH
|Room Type||(B1) Bathroom 1 (B2) Bathroom 2|
|Square Feet||(B1) 100 Sq. Ft. (B2) 67 Sq. Ft.|
|Heating Element||TempZone™ System|
|Total Watts||(B1) 1687 (B2) 833|
|Total Amps||(B1) 14.0625 (B2) 6.94|
|Breaker Size||(B1) 20 Amp (B2) 15 Amp|