Radiant in Commercial

Canadian office gets a blast of fresh air with radiant heating

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 10:55

The headquarters of Earth Rangers, a non-profit group that is based out of Woodbridge, Ontario, moved into its Center for Sustainable Technology in 2004 and has been enjoying the benefits of energy efficient technology since then, according to The Globe and Mail.

The news source reported that the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified building, which houses 45 employees from Earth Rangers and 20 other tenants, has had many upgrades since 2004, including a radiant heating system.

Andy Schonberger, the director of the center, noted that the new heating and cooling systems have been extremely effective, providing both comfort and a sense that sustainability works for buildings.

"The open concept is not only good for work flow and collaboration, but it’s also how we efficiently heat and cool the space," he told The Globe and Mail.

Along with the radiant heating system, the building relies on many other energy-saving amenities, including a revolutionary tubing system for fresh air and wastewater recycling.

"All of these things add up to a much healthier work environment," Schonberger told the news source, noting that several other advantages exist because of the technology. "My energy bills are a tenth of what they would be if they hadn’t looked at all these systems."

A radiant heating system works well in a large office building or open room, as the technology evenly distributes heat, limiting the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling to two-to-three degrees. This helps to eliminate waste and maximize the efficiency of a heater.

Along with the limited temperature difference throughout a room, a radiant heating system eliminates the presence of pollutants and toxins that can be stored in the radiators, heating ducts and air vents of more conventional heaters.