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  • Dream home Boiler and Designer Pipe Rooms Avanti Group│ZIMBIO

    Communication, Communication Design

    Last month, Peter and Sara Starr gave dinner guests a tour of their new Bayside, Calif., home. There's the designer kitchen fitted with free-standing ergonomic furniture. And the valley views complete with majestic redwoods. But the pièce de résistance sits just off the living room—a 100-square-foot nook otherwise known as the boiler room. Inside hums the heart of about $70,000 in state-of-the-art heating and electrical equipment. A sleek hot-water tank is fed by rooftop solar panels; so is an array of batteries storing electricity and feeding excess power back to the grid. Hanging nearby, a petite, black boiler provides radiant heat while hundreds of feet of copper piping snake outward, delivering warmth and water to the 1,800-square-foot house. (http://www.zimbio.com/World+News/articles/AeEiv5jfWpS/Dream+home+Boiler+Designer+Pipe+Rooms+Avanti) "It looks like the Star Trek Enterprise," 61-year-old Peter Starr says. "It's really a little focal point, and a sign of pride." Say goodbye to the scary room, that dank, dark spot where boilers and water heaters work among the spiders, with human visits taking place only when something—"Honey, there's no hot water!"—goes wrong. As a vanguard of homeowners invests in renewable energy and other high-efficiency equipment, they're spiffing up the mechanical room and, in some cases, trying to make the air conditioner a showpiece. Producers of this stuff are touting style. Take the LG Electronics "Art Cool" duct-free air-conditioning units, which hang directly on interior walls and can frame works of art. Last year, Nortek Inc. launched a line of Maytag gas furnaces with "fingerprint-less" faux stainless doors. General Electric Co. GE -0.55% recently rolled out its futuristic $1,600 "GeoSpring" hot-water heater that looks like it might share DNA with the Jetsons' cartoon robot maid, Rosie. Such gadgets are the latest means for leaving the Joneses in the dust. "The mechanical room is now like the wine room or the library," says Stephen Bohner, owner of Alchemy Construction Inc. in Bayside's Northern California neighbor, Arcata. He installed some of the Starrs' equipment. Mr. Bohner says all of his new construction projects include renewable-energy equipment, such as solar. "If you are spending money on that stuff, you want to show it off." Vince Kimbel recently installed a GeoSpring hot-water heater in his Louisville, Ky., home. The unit combines energy-efficient heat-pump technology with an electric heating element, pulling warmth from surrounding air and transferring it into the tank. Says Mr. Kimbel, a builder: "The look translates into people saying, 'This is different.' If it was a traditional water heater, they wouldn't give it a second look." The mechanical makeovers come as the residential heating and cooling industry battles back from lean years. Home-improvement spending is expected to climb nearly 5% this year—the first increase since 2006, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Helping sales are federal tax credits and rebates that offset outlays on certain energy-efficient equipment. Read full story: Click the link above You might want to read: http://www.slideshare.net/Dwayne23xx/designers-boiler-house-rooms-avanti-consulting-engineers http://www.good.is/avanti-group-consulting-engineers-boiler-house-room-reviews http://my.opera.com/istophercleam/blog/2013/05/22/hong-kong-the-avanti-group-engineering-reviews http://theavantigroup1.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/avanti-group-consulting-engineers-boiler-house-room-reviews-nyeste-drommebolig-must-youtube/

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