Radiant in Commercial

California library features energy-saving technologies

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:17

Libraries are an important part of a community, which is why updating their features and utilities to ensure they remain operationally in the black is crucial. The Berkeley Side reported that the new West Brach of the Berkeley Public Library opened Dec. 14, 2013, with great reviews. 
The 9,300-square foot structure cost $7.5 million to build and is the first net-zero library in the state. According to the news source, the library will play an important role in the community, with a large public meeting room that can hold up to 100 people at a time and is configured to support video and computer coding. 
Various reading rooms are located throughout the library, as well as a small study/meeting room that groups can use for up to two hours a day. The children's area of the library will host educational and fun events throughout the year to encourage parents to bring kids and make the library a key learning resource. 
To reduce the energy use in the structure, a sophisticated AV heating and cooling system was installed. A radiant floor heating system was also placed throughout the building because it would not only decrease energy used to warm the large structure, but also provide excellent comfort. The utility system runs underneath the various floors of the building, with warmth consistently traveling through the floors with the power of conduction. 
Unlike a traditional heating option that uses forced hot air and vents or baseboard units to deliver warmth, a radiant floor heating system decreases heat loss by applying heat directly to the spaces being used. By investing in an energy-efficient technology, the community has better ensured that the building will remain as a sustainable structure.