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Big Ass Fans® Builds New LEED® Gold R&D Laboratory For The Ultimate In Fan Testing

Thursday, August 13, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY — Big Ass Fans continues its commitment to engineering the world’s best fans, commencing fan testing in a new, LEED Gold, 46,000-ft2 research and development laboratory. Specifically designed for the unique requirements and challenges of testing very large Big Ass Fans (6-ft to 24-ft in diameter), this facility is the first and only of its kind. In this new space, Big Ass Fans is able to fully conduct fan performance testing including air velocity profiles, fatigue testing of fan assemblies and components, and prototype builds of the newest and most cutting-edge fan innovations.

The Big Ass Fans Research and Development building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. By utilizing our own Big Ass Fans to achieve LEED credits and as part of our commitment to sustainable practices, we have designed a modern facility that uses 35% less energy, 58% less water, 51% less waste to the landfill during construction, and used 9% less materials to build. Big Ass Fans were utilized to meet the requirements of the following LEED prerequisites and credits: Minimum Energy Performance; Optimize Energy Performance; Minimum IAQ Performance; Increased Ventilation; Thermal Comfort, Design; Innovation in Design: Materials Minimization.

The performance testing area is a 42,000-ft2 space with 60-ft high ceilings and minimal floor obstructions. Large, heavy curtains allow the space to be divided into four quadrants and the curtains can be pulled back to create a single space to allow for the testing of the largest fans. Additionally, the new R&D building is large and flexible enough that it can be reconfigured to simulate various applications. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) mapping is also utilized to determine the performance of Big Ass Fans in a space.

From the highly reflective roof to the low VOC floor, the new Big Ass Fans R&D laboratory is state-of-the-art from top to bottom – exactly what you would expect from the largest and most versatile fan manufacturer on the planet.

About Big Ass Fans
Big Ass Fans is the leading manufacturer of huge ceiling fans for large industrial, agricultural and commercial settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, using low horsepower motors to generate energy-efficient air movement for large spaces. Big Ass Fans can be used year round to provide occupant comfort and energy savings. There are over 35,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, art galleries, restaurants, health clubs and even zoos! Product solutions include Pivot™, Powerfoil®X™, Powerfoil®X Plus™, Airgo™, and the new Element™ and Isis™ designed for commercial spaces. Big Ass Fans have been featured in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and television programs such as MSNBC’s Your Business, Planet Green, Discovery Channel Canada and the National Geographic Channel. For more information on Big Ass Fans, please visit the website at

About LEED
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

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