Hooper Corporation’s Plumbing Department is known for its ability to complete some of the Midwest’s largest and most technically challenging projects. Our portfolio consists of noteworthy buildings throughout the Midwest, including many laboratories, hospitals, and University of Wisconsin campus buildings. With our ever expanding resources, our capabilities are continuously evolving and improving.
Our proficiency in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and plumbing installation greatly reduces lost time and waste during the pre-planning, construction, and maintenance process. Projects of note where BIM was utilized include Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and Union South, both University of Wisconsin-Madison buildings.
For years, we have used a total station system to maximize our efficiency and accommodate even the tightest of project schedules. The other benefit is a higher quality product at a more competitive cost.
Our Plumbing Service Department specializes in drain line survey and locates, reduced pressure principle backflow testing, scheduled maintenance, specialty projects, and problem solving. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. Call (608) 249-0451 for all your plumbing service needs.
Increased urban development has a significant effect on the landscape of an area and greatly affects storm water’s ability to infiltrate. Through the use of a water reclamation system, sudden, high peak flow volumes unable to infiltrate the surface are reduced to a manageable level so infiltration can occur.
Hooper Corporation’s Plumbing Department is skilled and experienced in the installation of water reclamation systems across Wisconsin. When properly installed, these systems benefit the environment by reducing contaminant deposits in water bodies due to storm water run-off, interrupting high peak flows, balancing flow volumes, and restoring water quality. Effectiveness of these systems is highly dependent upon geographical location and climate.
Collected rain water can be used for irrigation, cleaning tools, mixing concrete, cooling tower make-up, and flushing toilets. Water reclaimed from water treatment devices can also be treated and used for flushing water closets and urinals. Installation of a system will also increase energy savings by reducing the energy required to pump, store, and distribute ground water.
SOLAR HOT-WATER HEATING
The installation of a solar hot-water heating system in a commercial building can reduce long-term costs and environmental impacts by using renewable, rather than fossil fuel, energy. Hooper Corporation’s Plumbing Department is an approved service provider as recognized by Focus on Energy, as employees complete both classroom and hands-on training courses. Focus on Energy is a program that works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficient and renewable energy projects.
Solar hot-water systems are a proven technology that can have an internal rate of return as high as 20 percent. Wisconsin’s climate allows for mostly sunny weather six months out of the year, and the remaining six months are filled with mostly sun for about half of the daylight hours. Because this free energy source is not a constant, traditional gas or electric systems are generally required as backup systems. In general, solar hot-water systems are designed to supply 30-50 percent of a site’s hot water needs. Hooper is capable of installing both solar and traditional systems on any commercial project.
Maximizing fuel efficiency in a building is the first step toward a more eco-friendly facility. The next step is selecting the right site and system size. Businesses using large quantities of hot water are more likely to see an immediate return on investment in the form of decreased overall monthly energy costs. Hot water needs also boost a business’s return on investment. Examples of businesses where the highest return on investment would be seen include:
- Health care facilities
- Hotels and motels
- Health clubs and spas
- Restaurants and bakeries
- Apartment buildings
- Correctional facilities and similar government facilities
- Food processing and similar industries
- Water parks and campgrounds
- Car washes
- Laundries and laundromats
Financial incentives are abundant in the state of Wisconsin for the installation of solar hot-water systems. Visiting Focus on Energy will give you a current listing of Focus incentives. A comprehensive list of state, local, utility, and federal incentives are located at DSIRE.
If you are interested in converting to or adding a solar hot-water system in your commercial building, contact your Hooper Corporation representative today at (608) 249-0451.