28 Mar '13, 5am

Placement of radiant heat tubing in concrete floor assembly #green

I am building a home in zone 5, Northern NJ. I am exploring the option of a creating a steel/concrete slab to encompass the entire first floor. 9' sub-grade foundation walls (likely ICF) would support steel floor joists/beams, upon which Q-deck followed by rebar and poured concrete would complete the main floor slab. (structural engineer is looking at it, I priced the Hambro D-500 system, more than I liked, will compare to Q-deck/rebar/concrete) I am thinking of embedding radiant heat tubing in the structure, that would allow me to create a thermal slab of considerable mass. My questions, 1. Does this sound like a good idea? It would be more expense, but I really like the feel of concrete underfoot, plus its a fire/insect resistant base. Builder is a good friend of mine, has done it before, I've seen his last project, impressive. He feels is not that much more in cost. 2. ...

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