It’s Too Cold! It’s Too Hot!
According to the International Facility Managers Association, the top two complaints in office buildings are, once again – it’s too cold and it’s too hot!
With our Architectural Series Electric Radiant Heating Systems, you can cut those complaints in half and eliminate cold spots in your office building!
Take a look at just a few of our office building projects where there are no more “too cold” complaints:
Office Floor – Montreal (Longeuil), Canada
Challenges: This was a newly constructed building. The first tenant’s using this floor, found it very cold in the winter. It was a typical building with a glass curtain wall. The HVAC system could not keep the area comfortable. There were complaints. Electric baseboard heaters were installed to provide additional heat. Again, it did not work. Complaints continued. In fact, the workstations had been moved away from the windows in order to try to make conditions more comfortable. Now the tenant didn’t have use of the space he was paying for.
Results: 2×4 electric radiant heating panels were installed by the glass in a standard suspended ceiling system. The renovation costs were simple. Within fifteen(15) minutes of the radiant panels turning on, all the cubicles could be moved back to the glass wall. The owner was delighted and as new tenants moved in, he would add radiant heaters to the other floors.
Board Room – Montreal, Canada
Results: 2×4 electric radiant heating panels were installed by the glass in a standard suspended ceiling system. The renovation costs were simple as only a few heaters were required and it only required some labor time to connect the heaters. The radiant panels warm the glass thereby reducing the chill effect normally experienced by anyone sitting there. Maximizing the floor space was also a bonus. As a note, we don’t take any responsibility for “heated” boardroom discussions.
High Tech Park – Ottawa, Canada
Challenges: Five buildings in this park were constructed using electric radiant panels around the perimeter of the building. Zoning and controlling comfort was a key issue. How do you balance heat and air condition in your typical office tower when the south side is hot and the north side is cold?
Result: The radiant ceiling panels were installed in the suspended ceiling system providing perimeter heat. That’s the only heat that was needed. Therefore, fresh air could be brought into the floor, stale air removed and the air conditioning system and heating system worked independently so it was easier to control and monitor the indoor climate. The radiant panels were also silk-screened to match the adjacent ceiling tiles.
Alcatel Office Building Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Challenges: This lobby is 21 feet high with a lot of glass making the area difficult to heat. In addition, the architect did not want the typical HVAC solution of heating the glass from vents either above or channeling an expensive in floor vent. The architect also wanted the glass to be frost free.
Results: Specially sized radiant heating panels were designed to match the architect’s design and then installed around the perimeter of the lobby. The result is a frost-free glass, saving capital costs and delivering the required heat.