The new Denver Zoo Asian Tropics exhibit will feature all of the latest in sustainable technology as a representation of the organization's move to protect the environment, according to Contractor Magazine.
Part of the new exhibit will feature the largest elephant habitat in the country, as well as a biomass gasification system that is expected to save $150,000 a year in energy and waste hauling costs, the news source reported.
"One of our core values at the zoo is innovation, so we were eager to find a creative solution that helped us meet all of our needs," Tiffany Barnhart, director of communications for the Denver Zoo, told the magazine. "The concept of converting our waste stream into clean energy and investigating more aggressive technologies sprung from this."
Recycled water is used to warm the radiant heating system that provides a similar climate to what the animals who are housed in the facility would experience in Asia, according to the news source.
Radiant heating systems that are installed in the floor of a residence or building can provide uniform heat throughout, as the temperature difference between the ceiling and the ground is only 2 to 3 degrees, much less than a forced-air system.