In an effort to promote new technology and smart design, Bradford White's new International Technical Excellence Center in Middleville, Michigan, has been outfitted with the latest in energy efficient systems. The facility is intended to teach contractors, plumbers and wholesale distributors about new products and offering training.
The 18,500-square-foot building includes a customer support center and tech service call center that is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Hastings Banner reports that the facility is a working model of energy efficient technology so that construction professionals can view how each component of the system works together.
"The whole facility is really a working model - it’s our products in motion," said Dustin Bowerman, director of technical services.
The building earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for a number of green technologies incorporated into its design. According to the news source, the structure uses solar panels, radiant heating and a 30,000-gallon rainwater collection system to limit the carbon footprint of the site.
Training and studying of all of those systems is available to interested professionals.
"It’s like we’re able to offer on-the-job training. It creates a great comfort level for our contractors who get to learn by actually doing," Bowerman told The Hastings Banner. "Our training here can just be expanded. Here they get to work with actual products. You can tell me how it works all day long, but it’s so much easier if you see how it actually works. It just provides so much more comfort for our contractors using our products."
Systems like radiant heating offer property owners and management companies the ability to reduce utility expenses.