Top 5 Buildings with Underfloor Heating
Many of the world’s newer builds are being created with
radiant heating solutions rather than central heating or air conditioning
systems. With many engineers seeing sustainable and financial benefits to
installing underfloor heating systems. We thought we would compile some of
these feats of architecture into one simple list. In no particular order; here
are the 'Top 5 buildings with Underfloor Heating'.
Pearl River Tower, China
One of the most environmentally friendly buildings on planet
Earth. The 1,016ft high Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China, is a marvel for
With 76 floors, the tower is designed to minimise
environmental harm. It boasts wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaic cells,
underfloor air distribution and – most importantly for this article –
Pearl River Tower stands as a symbol of China’s efforts to
reduce their carbon emissions by 2020.
Fun fact: the tower could have been completely carbon
neutral, and potentially sold energy to the surrounding areas if it had been
fitted with specialist micro-turbines.
However, this could apparently not be
achieved as the local power company in the area did not allow independent
energy producers to sell their own electricity to the grid. Without this
incentive, the micro-turbines were scrapped.
Despite this, the office workers still reap the benefits of
a comfortable working environment – whatever the time of year.
(Image: Pearl River Tower by Bradwilkins)
Hearst Tower, United States
Based in Manhattan, New York – Hearst Tower is the central
headquarters for some of the world’s most influential magazine publications.
Including but not limited to Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Marie Claire.
Completed in 1928 at a then cost of £1.5 million (£120
million today), the stone base of the building was to become a skyscraper in
the same vein as the Empire State and the Chrsyler building. This never materialised
due to the Great Depression in 1929.
The glasswork tower that was added was
constructed over 80 years later, leading to a vastly different look than
Famous for being New York’s first green high-rise office
building, the Hearst tower is paved with conductive limestone. This allows the
buildings underfloor heating systems to thrive year-round, and massively
increases its effectiveness.
(Image: Hearst Tower by Alec Perkins)
BMW Welt, Germany
The BMW Welt is the combined event venue, museum &
exhibition centre of the BMW and its partners, Mini and Rolls Royce. Situated
in Munich, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the region of
All custom-built cars from the company have the option to be
picked up here in a ‘staged experience’. This consists of the brand-new
supercar being lifted from an underfloor elevator platform and displayed behind
a large glass wall.
On top on this, a BMW expert is supplied to talk the new
owner through all of the features and benefits of their new car – and it comes
with free museum tickets and a visit to the building’s restaurant.
Their customers can also delight at the underfloor heating
in the building, meaning they can pick up their cars in complete comfort, even
during those cold German winters.
(Image: BMW Welt, Munich, Germany - Diego Delso)
Manitoba Hydro Place, Canada
Labelled the ‘most important building in Canada’ by the
Toronto Star newspaper, the Manitoba Hydro Place stands 377ft over the downtown
district of Winnipeg. It is the headquarters of natural gas and electric power
utility providers Manitoba Hydro.
Opened in 2009, the building received a platinum
certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making
it the most energy efficient office tower in North America.
The total cost of the project was an estimated £163M. For
that money the tower was fitted with; a solar chimney, a geo-thermal HVAC
system, complete radiant heating system and more.
These systems all work in
tandem, recycling the stale air within the building and replacing it with fresh
air, whilst simultaneously keeping the temperature at a warm steady rate.
heating cylinder is powered by boreholes, pipes that go 400ft deep into the
earth, capturing the heat from the ground.
This is an environmentally friendly
way to heat the underfloor heating systems of the building. This makes the
Manitoba Hydro Place over 70% more environmentally efficient than a standard
Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark
Last but not least, is the Copenhagen Opera House. Sitting
on the island of Holmen in the city centre, the Danish building cost over £380
million to construct back in 2005.
The opera house can seat 1,700 patrons, and even more
impressively, each of these seats is individually angled to provide the best
viewing experience of the stage.
The underfloor heating systems in the venue can change
swiftly from chilled to warm and vice versa, comforting its large number of
guests as they sit underneath the 100% carat gold leaf ceilings.
(Image: The Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen) in Copenhagen Holmen, Denmark by Julian Herzog)
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