Radiant in Commercial

Resorts embracing radiant heat

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:48

Luxury travelers look for locations that prioritize guest comfort when booking a vacation. Travelers want to be able to come back after a long day of sightseeing, adventure and activity to a quiet, cozy space where they can relax for the remainder of their stay. Individuals looking to stay in resorts want this same level of maximum comfort, feeling as though building owners have taken every means necessary to ensure a space is as accommodating as possible. 

Members of the hospitality industry realize that individuals expect this type of treatment when staying on their property. Because of this, they have turned to installing radiant heat flooring in bedrooms, bathrooms and lobbies in their buildings to ensure the best possible air quality and temperature for visitors. In addition to utilizing this technology to warm spaces, companies have begun to make other innovative improvements to increase building appeal, from upgrading electrical systems to utilizing solar panels.

Black Butte Ranch

The Black Butte Ranch, one of Central Oregon's premier resort communities, recently unveiled its plans to spend $11.5 million on renovations aimed at making the property more environmentally friendly. Planned upgrades include installing radiant heat flooring in the pool house and bistro, landscaping with local plants to assist in habitat creation and installing natural ventilation for cooling down areas. The land itself encompasses more than 1,800 acres, including horseback riding ranches, two golf courses, lakes for kayaking and canoeing, and 18 miles of bike and walking trails. 

Finca Rosa Blanca Inn

This eco-friendly coffee plantation resort is located in Costa Rica and offers a sustainable place for travelers to stay. With amenities that include solar panels, bamboo sheets and low-flow toilets, the Finca Rosa Blanca Inn has the highest-possible ranking from the Sustainable Tourism Certification program. On its website, the resort emphasizes that one of its main goals is to minimize its environmental impact through continued use of recycled materials, encouraging social consciousness and education while remaining an industry leader in sustainable luxury travel. 


Bardessono is a one of only three LEED-platinum-certified hotels in the U.S. Environmental initiatives put in place by this California-based resort include the use of nontoxic and nonallergenic materials to build the structure, products and food items obtained from local and organic suppliers, recycling and composting programs, and a resort-wide ban on smoking, both inside and outside. The hotel has also adopted innovative green approaches to electrical needs, water sourcing, and heating and cooling initiatives.