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Historic properties are perfect fit for radiant floor heating renovation

Sat, 10/26/2013 - 15:56

Historic buildings tell a story of long times past, which is why it is important for the current generation to keep them in fit condition. Unfortunately, many of these structures are without energy-efficient features and are costly to keep operational. With a few key renovations the integrity of an older building's design can be maintained and the cost of upkeep reduced. 
Preservation work began on historic pavilion
In Sheridan County, Wyoming, the Sheridan County Fairground is home to one of the oldest pavilions in the state, Sheridan Media reported that the fairground's maintenance crews have a long list of renovations in mind for the building to ensure that the structure remains operational. A few of the items on the list include replacing the concrete floors, installing a radiant floor heating system, putting in new glass windows and energy-efficient doors that are up to code, a new coat of paint, interior and exterior ceiling and wall repair and replacing fixtures.
The county is expecting to make this the second year-round facility on the fairgrounds so that the usefulness of the property increases. According to the news source, by making the historic pavilion a year-round building, the county will be able to hold more events in the structure and rent it out to increase incoming revenue for future upkeep. According to the Fair Association manager, the pavilion is already in demand for events ranging from weddings to the annual Sugar Bars Legacy horse sale and requests keep coming in. 
The pavilion is a unique building that is one of several of the structures on the fairgrounds. Sheridan Media reported that it was built between 1935 and 1939 as a Works Progress Administration project, which was one of the Depression-era programs created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration to put people back to work. It is a unique building with an octagonal shape and pyramidal roof that is topped by an octagonal "lantern"that served as a ventilator. What makes this pavilion unique among the many that were built during this time period is not only its shape but the materials used. Unlike most pavilions, which are made out of wood, this structure is built out of solid sandstone. 
Why radiant floor heating benefits the pavilion
A radiant floor heating system will bring significant benefits to the fairgrounds association. The building has no existing heating system put in place, which means the property management group must install one completely from scratch. Unlike a traditional heating option that uses vents, radiators or baseboard units to deliver heat, a radiant floor heating system will not impact the original design of the structure. As a result, the addition will allow the interior of the building to remain as historically accurate as possible. In addition, the system will not impact the flow or footprint of the structure by decreasing the usable square footage. 
In addition to allowing the pavilion to remain as historically accurate as possible, the heating solution is also more energy efficient than more traditional technologies. The warmth radiates from underneath the floor boards to fill a space with heat through the power of conduction. The thermal heat is then stored in anything that the floors come in contact with, which promotes greater comfort. In addition to applying heat more directly to the lower half of a room, the technology also limits heat loss. The lack of heat escaping out of the pavilion through the windows, ceilings and walls will allow for a reduction in operating costs.