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River Vine Vineyards

High-end prefab home receives high-quality radiant heating system

The River Vine project features a prefabricated home on a 50-acre working vineyard along the Mokelumne River Watershed in the luxurious Lodi Wine Country. American Modular Systems (AMS) started construction in winter 2015 to create the immaculate home. Designed to be one of the most advanced, high-end, prefab homes ever constructed, the custom zero-net energy residence is planning to achieve LEED® Platinum, the highest certification the program offers.

When creating a home that is functional, energy-independent and beautifully designed, AMS partnered with companies that believe in investing in the future with sustainable innovations. When it came time to choose the in-floor heating, the team at AMS selected an Uponor PEX radiant heating system with ½" Wirsbo hePEX™ tubing and TruFLOW™ brass manifolds to deliver maintenance-free, indoor comfort all year long.

“We chose to use Uponor for the radiant heating on our project at River Vine because of the positive feedback we got when researching the different products available,” explained Tony Sarich, VP of Operations at AMS.

The River Vine project came with challenges that are expected in a prefabbed structure. There were obstacles like steel frames at mod lines, electrical floor boxes and heating registers, but having a flexible PEX pipe made those interruptions much more manageable.

“Using Uponor pipe allowed us to easily install the radiant piping around all these obstacles because of its flexibility and durability,” said Sarich.

The last thing installers want to think about when working on a project of this magnitude is a tricky installation. Luckily that wasn’t the case.

“The feedback from our installers was all positive,” said Sarich. “They commented on how easy the installation went and how good the customer service was when they needed technical help with installing certain parts of the system. We were very happy with the Uponor products that we used on River Vine.”

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Project highlights:

• High-end prefabricated home
• Designed to achieve LEED Platinum
• Uponor radiant heating system

Project data:

• 3,000 ft. of ½" Wirsbo hePEX tubing
• TruFLOW brass manifolds

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