Underfloor heating comes of age

By Patrick Waterfield, principal environmental engineer at JCP Consulting Ltd

The Romans (and before them the Ancient Greeks) realised the benefit of underfloor heating via the hypocaust system - the term is derived from Greek words literally meaning “under-burning”. A fire was lit at underfloor level and the heat drawn through a sub-floor void under action of flues in the walls (which also allowed the relevant wall areas to act as heat emitters).

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