Listen to Developer Michael Faber
Our brokers found Design Ready Controls, they are our client for this building.
They wanted to own their own building, so we sold them the land and we’re constructing the building for them. They are familiar with heating and cooling systems and they wanted to explore what we have to offer.
ThermaRay’s Earth Thermal Storage Electric Radiant Heating system is an under concrete floor heating system and basically it comes in and what you can see an eight foot sheet of sheet rock.
But what’s embedded in the sheet rock is a nichrome wire, as you can see where the indentations are that’s where the heating element is. At the end you will see the hot to cold lead connections.
The unique thing here is that it’s a thermal mass so you’re only paying electricity at half price or whatever the utility charges for off peak electricity.
So they’re using electricity at night to charge the system and that ought to be considered by long term perspective people who are going to own a building and care not just about the initial capital investment but also what their utility costs are for the next twenty or thirty years.
We’re doing a fairly large building here, but the ThermaRay panels come in all different sizes. We mainly use a seven or eight foot panel on this particular application, but we do have smaller ones if you’re doing a small residential application or if you need to get around some plumbing or things like that.
After this is all wired up and checked out, we’re going to put six to eight inches of sand over the top and then going to come back to pour the concrete.
Now you’ll have a floor heating system that will last a life or you’re building. Down the road, our client is going to get a lot of benefits either when he realizes it’s thirty years later and he hasn’t had any maintenance costs and you didn’t have to replace eight rooftop units.
While our client is going to immediately get some financial benefits, they think of this as being the smarter long term play. So my attitude is this is the right solution. If you have a very long term perspective and that’s going to apply either to developers who own buildings where they can charge a gross rent or users who want to own their own building.