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selves, but to incorporate it on the cooling side as well is a relatively new concept."
In the course of trying to stay on the forefront of innovative,
energy-efficient technologies, Scandic Builders discovered a radiant system that can be installed in the ceiling instead of under
the floor. "It looks like sheet rock," Jepsen declares. "The system
blends seamlessly while delivering a clean, even temperature control throughout the home."
Sometimes, Scandic Builders combines radiant heating systems
with geothermal loops, which use a well to access groundwater
that is at a constant temperature year-round. In the case of the first
radiant-heated and cooled house in New Jersey, which is located
in Chatham, there was not enough space to dig a geothermal well.
Instead a high-efficiency boiler heats water that circulates through
the radiant heating system in winter, and an outdoor chiller cools
water to provide air conditioning in the summer. The home has approximately 14 temperature zones that can be controlled remotely
from a smart phone or tablet computer.
Scandic's homes use other energy-efficient products such as
thicker insulation, energy-efficient windows and lighting, and
low-flow plumbing. The company also stresses the importance of
healthy indoor air quality.
"People spend a vast majority of their time at home," Jepsen
says. "By utilizing materials with low to no VOCs or airborne particulates and installing proper ventilation, we can significantly reduce people's exposure to indoor pollutants in their lifetime.
"That's something we are very passionate about. We're always
finding innovative ways to build homes smarter, more efficiently
and cleaner." The company has also installed solar panels to generate electricity.
For the future, Jepsen sees additional expansion and rapid growth
of approximately 30 percent in revenue and projects within the
next 12 months. "We are committed to the Scandic brand of custom home design and construction," he forecasts. "Our goal is to
continue on that path while we expand with new and interesting
opportunities. We're also in the process of hiring additional staff.
We were recently contacted by other construction managers looking to join our company because of our reputation and commitment to quality."
The company recently renovated an historic building from 1879
that unfortunately was downtrodden and brought it back to its
former glory as a restaurant. "The beautifully restored Washington House, located in Basking Ridge, is a testament to the Scandic
name," Sari Jepsen says. "Clients who visit the restaurant say it reminds them of a Scandic home. We're touched by that sentiment.
It's an honor that people recognize our efforts and style and appreciate them. We hope that will continue for years to come." )
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