Outdoor Living Areas Increase Interest in Propane Tanks
A poll of home builders conducted by the NAHB Research Center for the Propane Education and Research Council last month found that underground propane tanks were used in 34% of the homes built by survey participants over the last year in locations with partial or no access to natural gas.
The survey also found that builder interest in underground tanks is increasing even in regions with access to natural gas, driven by growing consumer demand for outdoor living areas and a reliable energy source for stand-by generators.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Propane Education and Research Council is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.
Among the highlights from the survey, which was released on April 20:
- Builders whose homes have partial or no access to natural gas were four times more familiar with propane and twice as likely to use underground propane tanks.
- High-efficiency hydronic heating systems such as radiant floor heat appear to be adding to builder interest in using propane, with builders saying they would install radiant floor heat in 13% of their homes in the next 12 months, a 1 percentage point increase over current usage of just 2%.
- Custom builders are far more likely to use underground propane tanks, with outdoor living spaces playing a large role in driving their use; 60% of the home built by the custom builders surveyed feature propane by preference, and 44% of their homes feature an underground storage system to fuel outdoor room applications.
- The use of underground propane tanks is strongest among builders in the Northeast, followed by builders in the Midwest and the West.
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