Green Building

New student recreation center incorporates use of radiant floor heating

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 16:44

The students at the University of California, Riverside will soon enjoy the benefits of a new recreation center. Inside UCR reports that construction begins this week on the new $37.2 million student center.  Funding for the project came from a $149 per quarter fee that students approved in a referendum in 2010.
"From the beginning this has been a student driven project, and that’s why I think it has been a success," said Jenni Deveau, a psychology graduate student and member of the Recreation Facilities Governing Board, according to the source. "Students gave input on their experience at the current Rec Center and what they wanted for the future, they were given the choice through an election whether they wanted to implement these changes knowing the financial impact, and there has been student representation and input on all aspects of the design and construction of the new building."

Students, the university and contractors put their heads together to determine what features the building should include. One of the primary desires of everyone involved was the incorporation of green technology in the structure. Windows in the structure will be made with E-glass that absorbs heat and small reflective dots to control the light levels entering the building. In addition, radiant floor heating will be used in the new facility to actively combat the heat loss associated with university structures that serve a large community.

Radiant floor heating can be installed throughout the entire structure, regardless of the floor materials, and is easily connected to the university's power grid. By incorporating the green energy solution, the university will be able to reduce operational expenses without forgoing comfort.