Installing radiant heat in one's home can be the best eco- and cost-friendly decision for homeowners, but business owners can experience similar increasingly comfortable spaces when switching to this type of heating system. Aside from the reduced energy bills and allergens, radiant heat can provide better experiences for consumers, visitors and employees that visit a working space. While several industrial buildings have already switched to this type of energy-efficient flooring, many others are just now jumping on the bandwagon.
School district installs radiant heat in bus barn
Creston Schools, an Iowa-based district, has been working on renovations for its bus barn since 2012, when a tornado destroyed the pre-existing structure. Creston News reported that the project has undergone several changes in its construction plans, including deciding upon a proper material with which to build the floor. While officials originally chose gravel, they decided to switch to concrete flooring to provide not only a harder surface, but an area under which radiant heat could be installed. Steve McDermott, superintendent of the district, said during a meeting that the new system may provide benefits to the building that would not have been possible with other forms of flooring.
"Concerning that hard surface, that means in order to make that safe back there, we're talking about a heat source to make sure those floors stay dry - radiant heat," McDermott explained, according to the source.
In a separate statement, McDermott said that switching to radiant heat may not only provide a more efficient way to heat the building, but it would also prove to be a smarter monetary cost in the future. The building is expected to finally begin construction in April so as to be ready by the beginning of the next school year.
Brewery maintains temperatures with new system
Arbor Brewing Co., a brewery located in Michigan, incorporates a number of environmentally conscious building decisions within its structure. According to the Great Lakes Echo, it is the first brewery to be powered by solar panels in Michigan. Rene Greff, owner and founder of the company, explained that students from the University of Michigan conducted a study in which they examined how solar panels may save energy costs in the long run, which inspired her to switch. Currently, 55 percent of its hot water and 15 percent of its electricity come from solar energy. In addition, the building employs revolutionary heating and cooling systems to warm the area and cool the brew.
"We have six 90-foot wells dug under the parking lot and a radiant floor system maintains the temperature around 55 degrees year-round," Greff said. "We use minimal electricity and pumps that are supplied by the solar panels."
Yoga center keeps exercisers comfortable
NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness centers, located in Nashville and Clarksville, Tenn., installed radiant heat systems underneath their floors to improve the comfort felt by visitors and gym members. According to its website, the building was crafted with performance in mind, including amenities and installations that will further physical fitness opportunities for individuals. The company explains that the heating system is essential for improving body heat during yoga, as it assists in creating optimal temperatures for the sport. Instead of experiencing uncomfortable, sticky environments that may inhibit a person from adequately participating in the activity, the company believes radiant heat may be key to ensuring the room remains operable. In addition to radiant heat, the studio installed flooring to further eliminate unwanted bacteria from the atmosphere, making yoga sessions healthier for members.