Building a Sustainable Future
Modern building construction goes beyond what the eye can see. The decisions that are made during the building process can make a lasting impact. Being proactive when it comes to materials and modern infrastructure can not only impact a company’s bottom line, but also the local environment, the community, its people, and the world.
Here are some ways thermal systems have improved building materials worldwide:
Using thermal systems between each floor in multistory buildings to heat or cool is a trend that began in the early 1990s in Switzerland. Pipes carrying water for heating and cooling are embedded in the center of a concrete slab in between two floors. This type of thermal building system has been installed in a many new industrial and commercial buildings in many countries since then, with the trend beginning to spread worldwide. These systems operate at close to room temperature, therefore increasing the efficiency of heat pumps, ground heat exchangers and other systems using renewable energy sources.
Thanks to the power of thermal systems, heat tracing prevents pipes from freezing, keeps gutters and roofs snow-free, and clears ice from sidewalks, parking lots, and ramps. Especially helpful in frigid cold locations, thermal systems have made the simple necessity of hot water readily available in hotels, hospitals, and high-rise buildings. Hot water is delivered instantly in these facilities thanks to thermal systems through only a single hot water pipe – preventing water damage and making an easily accessible system in the case of a fire.
Thermal systems also include insulation; while used for heat, these insulators also have the added benefit of protection from the elements as well as sound reduction. These insulators are easily installed and replaced over time, and are designed to specifically cater to the building’s requirements, whether that includes temperature, noise, water resistance, UV rays and sunlight, and more. These thermal system insulators are built to last in any type of environment, both inside and outside the facility — the materials used can withstand the effects of many chemicals while providing the comfort and safety needed.
Underfloor heating supplies provide comfort while reducing heating costs. Thermal system cables and mats are installed close to the floor surface allowing for a quick and uniform increase in temperature. Cooling has also become just as easy, with the stable distribution of water in the thermal system allowing a lower thermostat setting without loss of comfort.