Multiple factors influences the use of outdoor space. Factoring these in the planning stages of your projects can ensure your design is uncompromised.
Architects have many creative and practical challenges to meet when designing for clients, and one that is of key importance is specifying heating solutions within their design, particularly in semi-enclosed and outdoor areas for dining or entertainment venues.
Even the most striking architecture can leave people cold if heating isn’t carefully chosen for a space and purpose. Well-considered placement of heating can also pay considerable dividends to establishments whose patrons are comfortable, stay longer, spend more and eagerly return.
As a rule of thumb, three crucial points should be considered in specifying heating solutions.
The first is the intended use of an area and the level of heat comfort needed. For example, in high-end dining establishments patrons expect an ideal experience, so even heat distribution is essential across seating and waiting spaces to ensure warmth in every part of the location.
Even heat distribution is also essential in gaming areas in a venue, which provide higher returns and revenue when comfortable patrons stay longer and spend more. Beer gardens, however, may not require even heat over the entire area, as people aren’t seated for lengthy periods and can move around freely.
While in residential applications, heat is generally required where people will spend the most time and heating the entire area isn’t essential.
The second point to consider in semi-enclosed and outdoor areas is the nature and direction of prevailing winds. Thoughtful placement of heating in areas most susceptible to ingress of cold air, using wall mounted, ceiling mounted, suspended or portable heaters, can ensure warm and welcoming spaces where people can relax comfortably despite the elements.
The third and most crucial point to consider in specifying heating solutions is the mounting distance from combustible materials. Given the wide array of materials, finishes and design elements architects may employ in creating atmosphere within a venue, it is absolutely critical that the positioning of heaters is thoroughly assessed to ensure they are never in close proximity to combustible materials.
If you’re seeking stylish, superior heating solutions for your projects, you’ll find Bromic Heating’s award-winning Smart Heat™ range of electric, gas and portable heaters strike the perfect balance between performance, reliability and beauty. In addition, Bromic has developed partnerships with some of the world’s leading architectural firms and design agencies, so we’re sure you’ll also warm to our exceptional design services support.
- On October 9, 2017