What do you do when you are installing an in-floor heating system for a poultry farmer who has already ordered the chicks that are supposed to inhabit the barn that you are still building? First step: breathe. And then you double check your dimensions and heat load requirements and go looking for heating system options that will minimize the time it takes to go from a gravel base to an installed in-floor heating system slab.
A poultry farm normally orders day-old chicks from a hatchery, raising them for approximately eight weeks before the birds are harvested for food. When Tony and Wilma Baas, the Ottawa-area farmers whose barn was being built, informed the plumbing team at Fernand Denis Inc. that their first shipment of birds would be arriving on a scheduled date, Pascal Denis knew that the building had to be ready. There was no wiggle room for him—or for the chicks.