Design

    To Foretell the Future of Design, Look to Policy—and This Website

    Infrastructure has been on a lot of minds lately, though nobody seems to agree what it means. A progressive may consider infrastructure spending as a way to expand the social safety net and tackle climate change. A conservative might say it’s a publicly funded inducement for private enterprise and the nation’s overall economic competitiveness. Both would probably think it’s good for creating jobs. I believe it could have a net positive effect on our buildings, neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Lately,… Read More »To Foretell the Future of Design, Look to Policy—and This Website

      An Mixed-Use Energy Retrofit in a Hot Climate

      The Franco Center Apartments building is a five-story senior living facility in Stockton, CA, with retail spaces, community rooms for the residents, and office space for staff on the ground floor. The residential spaces occupy the second through fifth floors. Constructed in 1967 and renovated in 2007, it is built of concrete masonry. Thirty-five “smart” ceiling fans were installed in the common areas of the building. On-board sensors detect occupancy, temperature, and relative humidity, helping reduce energy usage and increase… Read More »An Mixed-Use Energy Retrofit in a Hot Climate

        The Benefits of Fans in Schools

        Four case studies demonstrate how fans can help reduce energy costs and create greener, more comfortable schools. Research shows that student attendance and performance improve when schools go green. In schools that rely on traditional HVAC systems and natural ventilation, fans can be used to give HVAC systems a break and keep both students and teachers comfortable. In the summer, air movement created by fans makes people feel up to 10°F cooler, which means the thermostat can be set higher… Read More »The Benefits of Fans in Schools

          A Sustainable Landmark Incorporates Ceiling Fans

          The Bullitt Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization with a focus on the environment, worked with local real estate firm Point32 to deliver a building at the cutting-edge of sustainable architecture. The building was the vision of CEO Denis Hayes to create “the greenest urban office building in the world” and received the Sustainable Building of the Year award from World Architecture News in 2013. To help meet the low energy targets, ceiling fans were combined with automated windows for passive… Read More »A Sustainable Landmark Incorporates Ceiling Fans

            A Research Building That Relies on Fans and Natural Ventilation

            The Coastal Biology Building in Santa Cruz, Calif., brings together faculty and staff to support research and teaching on ecology and evolutionary biology. The LEED Gold Certified building is set on a 97-acre site with easy access to wetlands and other important natural habitats for field- based learning. The client, the University of California, Santa Cruz worked with architect EHDD to deliver world-class facilities for marine and ocean health research located near the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The HVAC… Read More »A Research Building That Relies on Fans and Natural Ventilation

              The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Open a Window Onto the Industry’s Future for Architects and Engineers

              The 82nd annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference will occur on November 3 from 11:00–3:30 (EDT). Although the conference will be virtual this year, due to COVID-19, it remains a cornerstone event for construction industry leaders and the media. Its forecasts offer critical insights into the U.S. economy and the construction market. The conference will feature two keynotes: The 2021 construction industry findings will be presented by Dodge Data & Analytics’ chief economist Richard Branch and will outline the risks and opportunities… Read More »The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Open a Window Onto the Industry’s Future for Architects and Engineers

                The Fans Chosen by Businesses Across the Globe

                In Big Ass Fans’ two decades of innovation, we’ve helped thousands of businesses just like yours. Our overhead and directional and fans have the power and efficiency to move massive amounts of air with minimal energy use, delivering comfort that transforms how your people work.

                  Case Study: Haiku Helps Francis Ford Coppola’s Resort Guests Stay Comfortable

                  The illustrious Hollywood director behind The Coppola Family Hideaways envisions his tropical resorts as not just hideaways, but getaways. Francis Ford Coppola wants guests to be able to put their working lives behind them in peace, quiet and total comfort. That means no TVs and no air conditioning. The installation of Haiku fans throughout Coppola Family Hideaways in Belize and Guatemala makes living without air conditioning a breeze.

                    Case Study: Keeping Daytona Cool With Big Ass Fans

                    For more than half a century, Daytona International Speedway has been the epicenter for American motorsports and NASCAR. Despite continued excellence on the track, the off-the-track amenities increasingly failed to meet modern standards. Over a multiyear renovation, Daytona doubled down on the fan experience and installed Big Ass Fans to keep people cool.

                      SpecLab by Big Ass Fans

                      Every space and owner will have different needs, variables, and goals regarding airflow. Big Ass Fans industry-leading SpecLab tool gives you custom 3D airflow analysis of your facility. SpecLab begins with a drawing of your building’s space taking into account inventory, obstructions, working spaces, machinery, and more. Then, they’re able to layer in your fan solution to demonstrate exactly how Big Ass Fans will transform the airflow within your space.