John Caravette and Jerry Bradford from Earth Wind and Solar are finishing up the solar install this week. The 6 solar THERMAL panels (not to be confused with the 40 solar PV modules on the Garage which produce electricity) will provide approximately 60% of all the heating needs of the home. That includes domestic hot water for showers, faucets and such as well as the heating system which is a radiant floor and radiant ceiling system (and will be the subject of future posts).
Before the panels were installed though we Arthur with a little help from Superman installed the metal roof. I found this nice description of why a metal roof on another green home’s blog – the equinox house. In addition to the reason’s below, the standing metal roof has the bonus of not being made from petroleum.
Why Metal?:lasts longer (50 year warranty) is lighter weight higher wind resistance fireproof fully recyclable saves energy (keeps roof cooler) sheds water and snow faster