Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn’t wait
for Winter Storm Jonas – it let them try out
their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first
The snow might have climbed over two feet in some parts
of Bergen and Passaic counties, but the heated driveway and walkway
outside the Parikh house melted an inch and a half an hour.
When it was done, there was nothing left to shovel.
we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said
Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop what they call “Zenesis
From 2012 to 2015, Raj Parikh — an engineer and
chairman of the engineering & architecture firm Metropolitan
Building Consulting Group — rebuilt his Paramus home stud by stud to be
eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient, Asit said.
captures rainwater year round and then uses a solar thermal system to
heat the water to 105 degrees, which is stored in multiple insulated
tanks, explained Asit, who is a Passive House designer and NYC Real
The water then supplements two ground-source heat pumps developed
by Raj to constantly supply 100-degree water to the driveway and
walkways, which is distributed via a network of heating pipes underneath
The melted snow from the driveway and walkway is
recycled back into the system, re-heated, and then used for laundry,
irrigation, and toilet water.
The home uses excess electricity
produced by its solar photovoltaic system to pump the heated water
through the snow melt system, Asit said.
Zenesis House is his family’s response to climate change.
“We wanted to draw a line in the sand against climate change and not have a house that used gas or oil,” he said.
Asit said Raj, who is also a research engineer with Cooper Union
Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation, has plans to patent
“Nobody is going to question our heating system
when it melts away blizzards,” Asit said. “We are creating a green
building people want to live in.”
“Engineering students are stereotyped as not being fun. What’s worse is that even when we have an interview, the interviewers think that engineering students have no sense of humor. But it’s not like that at all… even I like to crack jokes sometimes, and I’m good at it. So up until now, I introduce myself by saying, ‘I’m an engineering student who is witty, with an excellent sense of humor.’”
“공대생들은 재미 없다는 편견이 있어요. 심지어 면접을 보러 가도 공대생이라 센스없을 거라고 생각하시더라고요. 그렇지 않은데… 저만 해도 사람들 웃기는 걸 좋아하고, 또 잘 하거든요. 그래서 전 이제 아예 저를 ‘굉장한 센스와 재치를 겸비한 공대생 누구누구 입니다.’ 라고 소개해요.”
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Dartmouth College has just announced that it had more women than men graduate from its engineering course this year - an accomplishment they’re claiming is a first for any research university in the US.
Although this is crazy exciting news, there are a couple of things to mention here. First, we’re taking Dartmouth’s word on the whole “first research college in the US” thing for now - it hasn’t been independently verified as yet.