How to ensure your ufad system achieves its comfort and energy savings goals


Although not noticeable at first glance, many of today’s office buildings, especially those with open floor plans, have been built with raised floors, also referred to as access floor systems. For example, The New York Times Building, the Bank of America Tower and the San Francisco Federal Building are all equipped with these systems, which are made up of durable panels that are elevated above a solid substrate, often a concrete slab. Underneath the panels, unsightly cables, wiring and network hookups can be housed to provide a clean and organized appearance above.

Balancing occupant comfort, sustainability and costs

Although modern air conditioning systems are less than 100 years old, the concept of cooling interior air has been in existence since ancient times. In Ancient Egypt and Rome, occupants would hang wet cloth and reeds in windows to cool air as it blew into a room, construct homes with windows opposite doorways to create drafts and build aqueducts carrying cold water through the walls of homes to cool spaces.  

Maintaining occupant comfort in buildings with floor-to-ceiling glass

According to the Global Flat Glass Report 2015-2019, the use of flat glass for construction is on the rise as more architects and developers opt to design buildings with glass exteriors. In this free white paper on “Indoor Climate Control in Glass Buildings” are building temperature challenges and ways to alleviate them highlighted.

Achieving energy efficiency, safety and pleasing design aesthetic with one simple solution

Ideal for schools, elderly care and social housing facilities, low surface temperature (LST) solutions are safe to the touch, making them better suited for buildings than conventional radiators. Read more in the white paper “The Low Down on Low Surface Temperature Radiators.”

New systems offer innovative methods to conserve energy, maximize comfort

As an increasing number of people look to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses, geothermal and Hydronic heating systems are becoming increasingly prevalent throughout Canada. First used by the Romans, Hydronic heating reduces much of the noise, cost, energy, dust and maintenance associated with other heating solutions such as forced air or electric.

How more schools are using low-temperature heating solutions to improve comfort and reduce cost

Many reading this article can likely remember days sitting in a classroom that never seemed to be the right temperature. As the clanking iron radiators heated up, the room was cold for hours, later becoming too hot in the middle of the day, forcing the teacher to open the window even if it was snowing outside. Other times, the opposite held true and students sat attentively listening to the teacher, teeth chattering from the chill.


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