Building Design, Green Building, LEED, PE-XA Tubing, Radiant Cooling, Sustainable Design, TABS

Building Better Businesses with Radiant Heating & Cooling: A Case Study Review

Looking to find innovative ways to boost employee productivity, save money and innovate business operations?

Learn how radiant heating and cooling improves the lives and productivity of employees, boosts corporate perception, and saves businesses money.

Discover real-world examples of how businesses and organizations incorporate radiant heating and cooling into their builds.

The Cost Benefits of Radiant Heating and Cooling


Businesses stand to gain real cost savings from implementing a radiant heating and cooling system.


Higher Productivity with Good IAQ & Thermal Comfort


According to a Harvard study that increased ventilation rates in buildings, “We found that breathing better air led to significantly better decision-making performance among our participants. We saw higher test scores across nine cognitive function domains when workers were exposed to increased ventilation rates, lower levels of chemicals, and lower carbon dioxide. The results showed the biggest improvements in areas that tested how workers used information to make strategic decisions and how they plan, stay prepared, and strategize during crises”

This is a huge area of opportunity for employers looking to improve productivity and find opportunities for cost savings.


Cost Savings with Radiant Heating & Cooling

The Cost Benefits of Radiant Heating and Cooling

By implementing sustainable business practices such as radiant heating and cooling, eco-design and alternative energy sources, businesses save money.

With technologies becoming more readily available and less expensive to manufacture, upfront cost differences compared to traditional heating and cooling systems are nominal.

Radiant cooling and heating systems lead to:


Corporate Perception as Currency


How people view your company impacts your bottom line.


Businesses who implement innovative, sustainable heating and cooling systems get more positive publicity and trust from both consumers and business partners.

How’s that for good PR?

Now let’s talk about how businesses all over the world have successfully implemented radiant heating and cooling systems.


Real World Examples of Corporate Radiant Heating & Cooling Systems


Tencent Beijing Headquarters

Uponor Tencent Radiant Cooling

Tencent Beijing Headquarters Building is located in Zhongguancun Software Park, Haidian District, Beijing.

Construction began on October 13, 2014. This large facility boasts 308,640 square meters, 158,640 which are above grade.


The Challenges


The building, unique structure, large size and tight schedule were the biggest challenges. With an international brand like Tencent, it was crucial that every product met the client’s strict guidelines.

The building is not only a place for business, but also media for events in Beijing.


The Solutions


As a trusted brand, Uponor became the supplier of radiant floor heating and cooling solutions.

Uponor’s scope in the project extended to the exhibition hall, the Avenue of the Stars, the bank, the staff lobby, swimming pool, public lobby, VIP lobby, and sky lobby.

Uponor Products used:

Overall, Uponor’s solutions ensure long service life, low maintenance costs, precise temperature control and added value to the building as a whole.

Learn more about this exciting project! 


National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, Colorado

Radiant System Helps NREL Achieve LEED Platinum

This 220,000 square-foot office building is the largest net-zero building in the United States.

The facility opened in 2010 for the National Research Support Facility (RSF).


The Challenges


With the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory spearheading this build, contractors were expected to use the best commercially viable and technologically advanced products available.

The build necessitated compliance with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 and LEED.

Designers felt this could be done through the use of a thermally active building system, or TABS.


The Solutions


The solution for creating a successful TABS system was two-fold: 1) energy efficient ventilation, and 2) unique radiant installation.

Ventilation consisted of a heat exchanger and a labyrinth made of concrete airflow partitions. The maze captures heat during the day or the cool of the evening and slowly releases the building as needed.

The radiant system utilized PEX tubing to cover radiant zones. For ease of installation, large rolls of PEX pipe were laid into mats that could be easily transported to the radiant zones.

As a result of smart designs and solutions, the team was successful in building an office space conducive to a safe work environment, achieving LEED Platinum rating, and using energy in a way that earns an Energy Star “Plus” rating.


Bayer Eco Commercial Building Lighthouse – Qingdao, China


The Bayer Eco Commercial Building Lighthouse serves as the administrative headquarters for Bayer Material Science in Qingdao.


The Challenges


The local climate was the largest challenge to overcome. Creating a comfortable environment for workers while remainings sustainable took some creative solutions.

Designers focused on controlling the high relative humidity during those most oppressive months from June through September.


The Solutions


Uponor suggested the use of TABS along with in-situ concrete OPTI Y radiant cooling panels.

To keep with the aesthetics of the space, Uponor worked carefully with designers.

As a result, the building became Qingdao’s first zero-emissions building, qualified for LEED Gold certification, and was awarded Best Practice of Global Green Building from GFHS.


Uponor Factory – Taicang, China

Uponor radiant cooling taicang

Uponor’s 14th manufacturing facility in Taicang, China serves as a base for the company’s production.

The building is 5,000 square metres.


The Challenges


As a leading manufacturer of radiant heating and cooling solutions, Uponor needed to create a manufacturing and logistics base that had low energy consumption and high thermal comfort.


The Solutions


Builders installed Uponor Spectra ceiling cooling, PEX-a underfloor heating, invisible supply ducts, and a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS).

This project was ultimately successful, resulting in better energy consumption and optimal thermal comfort for workers.

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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) – Pune, India

Radiant Cooling Solutions Are Pushing Sustainability in India

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology is dedicated to researching climate change. This project consisted of one large building of 13,380 square feet.


The Challenges


Their modern construction needed to address climate issues. Thermal comfort was also desirable.


The Solutions


This building houses one of India’s only TAB systems. Over 18,000 metres of PEX-a pipes were installed into the concrete slab and ground floor.

The systems maintain an operative temperature below 25 degrees Celsius except during monsoon season where temperatures may drift up to 27 degrees Celsius.


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art – New York, New York

Radiant Cooling Integral to The Cooper Union’s LEED Rating

As an organization focused on change and education, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art required a building aligned with their mission.

Located in the East Village, the college is a nine-story 175,000 square foot building that houses classrooms and offices.


The Challenges


The school wanted a design that looked unique, conserved energy, and led to the comfort of students.


The Solutions


The building earned LEED Platinum certification through the use of radiant cooling and heating, perforated steel panels that reduce heat radiation, low flow plumbing devices, green roof, and automated temperature control systems.


Bangkok Airport – Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok airport: the world’s largest radiant cooling system

Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand houses the world’s largest radiant cooling system. The building was completed in 2006 and boasts 150,000 square metres.


The Challenges


The sheer size of this large project posed a challenge to designers. As a major hub for travelers to Asia, it needed to offer comfort from the humid climate.


The Solutions


First, 150,000 metres squared of radiant cooling paneling was laid down. In addition to that, 600 km of PEX piping was used, 7,500 circuits used, and 1510 diffusers.

The system maintains a comfortable 24 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity between 50 and 60%.

Bangkok Airport is a leader in the green building movement and continues to perform well.


Uponor Radiant Heating and Cooling Solutions for Businesses


As you can see, businesses small and large alike benefit greatly from implementing radiant heating and cooling systems.

Here’s a breakdown of the tangible benefits every business owner and engineer need to know:

  • Up to 30% lower hot water cost
  • Streamlined modern systems
  • Customised energy designs to suit your business
  • Lower operating costs (up to 50% less)
  • Increased rate of sustainability certifications, like LEED and BREEAM
  • Prefab solutions for quick, easy installation
  • Increased overall property value

Now businesses can create a safe, comfortable environment that leads to cost reductions, increased employee performance and compliance with green initiatives.



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