December 18, 2014, 11:52 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Brue-Carstens Residence


December 16, 2014, 12:24 pm Filed Under: Industry News

H2i® MXZ – One of “4 HVAC Ideas to Warm Up To”

December 16_4 HVAC Ideas to Warm Up to ImageA recent TecHome Builder article, “4 HVAC Ideas to Warm Up To,” focused on four heating technologies that are catching the eyes of homebuilders today. Our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i) MXZ multi-zone heat pump system is one of them.

“If you’re building in cold climates, an efficient heating system is a necessity, ‘hyper-heating’ is even better,” said writer Casey Meserve. The article highlights the many features of the H2i MXZ systems that are beneficial to homebuilders and homeowners, including whole-home capabilities, installation flexibility, extreme energy efficiency and zone control.

Other heating technologies that are helping builders green homes and conserve energy:

  • Solar Air Heating: SolarWall preheats ventilation air by absorbing the heat from the sun and delivering it to the inbound airstream of the building’s HVAC system.
  • Solar Attic Fans: Solaro Aire, a solar-powered attic fan, moves 900 CRM of air per minute. Conditioning the attic removes moisture from the space and decreases the load on the HVAC system.
  • Radiant Flooring: Step Warmfloor self-regulates its temperature to warm the floor evenly throughout the space.

Click here to read the article and learn more about these innovations in HVAC technology.

December 11, 2014, 4:17 pm Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: La Grange Park Home

John Birmingham and Audrey Bromberger’s 5-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot farm style home was in need of an upgrade. The home was built in 1910 and lacked air conditioning. The owners wanted to update the cooling and heating system without sacrificing any of the valuable living space. The challenge was to find an energy-efficient HVAC system that offers zone control and immediate comfort while preserving as much space as possible.

The homeowners first noticed ductless systems when they were vacationing in Europe. “The only other option was to drop ceilings and put in ductwork, which we didn’t want to do because then you’d lose part of the charm of the house,” Audrey said. After contacting Greg Sutor, HVAC contractor, Sutor Heating & Cooling Inc., it was obvious that our ductless system was really the only viable option. “All other systems would have required significant remodeling and structural alterations,” Sutor said.

The team installed two outdoor units, one on each side of the home. The installation ended ahead of schedule, taking just three days to complete. Our ductless system provides conditioned air right at startup, quiet operation and individual room conditioning, which was a large selling point for Aubrey. “The ability to individually control the rooms is not only very energy efficient but very convenient.”

To read the entire case study, click here.

December 10, 2014, 11:54 am Filed Under: Industry News

Report Finds Positive Correlation Between Green Building and Workplace Environments

Source: World Green Building Council

Source: World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) recently released the report, “The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants,” that explores the costs and benefits of greening the workplace.

WGBC analyzed hundreds of academic and industry studies to complete the report, investigating thermal comfort, lighting, acoustics and interior layout among other factors in a workplace environment.

The report identifies how green, environmentally conscious practices can have a profound and widespread effect on employees’ health and productivity. Here’s how green buildings help employees, and companies, succeed:

  • Decreases design and construction costs. As sustainable building becomes the norm, it also becomes more affordable.
  • Increases value and marketability.
  • Reduces operating costs.
  • Boosts worker productivity. Better occupant health and wellbeing leads to better work quality and efficiency.
  • Contributes to large-scale environmental efforts, including climate change mitigation and resource conservation.
  • Contributes to large-scale quality-of-life efforts, including job creation.

The report includes a tool kit for owners and facility managers to convert sustainability efforts into financial gain. The kit helps users measure their building’s impact on workers and how they can integrate the results into financial decision-making.

Click here to download the report.

December 9, 2014, 4:48 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

H2i R2-Series Named Product of the Year Award Finalist

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h2iVoting is now open for Plant Engineering‘s 2014 Product of the Year award. Our Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system is a finalist for this year’s award in the Energy Management category. The H2i R2-Series and 96 other products in 14 different categories are in the running for the Product of the Year award. Winners will be featured in the April 2015 issue of Plant Engineering and on the publication’s website.

Manufacturers can’t vote, but digital and print subscribers of Plant Engineering can cast their ballots through January 9, 2015. To vote for our product, please click here.

December 4, 2014, 4:35 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

BUILDER Announces Annual Builder’s Choice Design Awards

For more than 30 years, BUILDER magazine has enlisted top residential builders and architects to participate in its prestigious Builder’s Choice Design Awards. The annual competition demonstrates the latest trends and influences in architecture, design and community planning across the U.S. Each entry is evaluated by a panel of jurors who are recognized for their expertise in the building industry.

The award program consists of three categories. This year, nine projects received the Grand Award, 14 projects were named Merit Award winners and only one walked away with the coveted Project of the Year Award: Concord Riverwalk, West Concord, Massachusetts. The team uniquely transformed an empty suburban area and two historic houses into a pocket neighborhood (a grouping of smaller residences, often around a courtyard or common garden) with an appealing, pedestrian-friendly approach. The homes are sleek and modern in design, and with an overall goal of achieving net zero energy, each home features high-performance mechanicals, triple-glazed windows, sealed wall systems and our very own ductless zoning systems.

Concord Riverwalk exemplifies an industry shift toward pocket neighborhoods that not only provide the opportunity for a small, close-knit community, but also have a strong focus on green living and urban accessibility. We’re proud to be part of such an exciting and innovative project.

Click here to view the complete list of the Builder’s Choice Design Awards winners and here to learn more about the development of Concord Riverwalk.

December 3, 2014, 1:49 pm Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Westgate Apartments, Champaign, Illinois

Westgate apartment complex, Champaign, Illinois, is a residential community of 23 two-story buildings with 380 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Developer Todd Atkins, The Atkins Group, Urbana, Illinois, acquired the property in 1997 with the knowledge that the original 1970s through-the-wall PTAC units would eventually need replacing. In 2014, after ever-increasing energy costs, resident noise complaints and maintenance staff spending up to one-third of their time repairing the outdated units, Atkins decided it was time to upgrade.

Atkins turned to ActOnEnergy® All-Electric Homes Program (AEH) offered by Ameren Illinois, a local utility company that offers energy services. AEH focuses on reducing electric consumption by replacing inefficient and outdated systems with air-source heat pumps or ductless technology. Due to Westgate’s high-use electric resistance heating, the program offered to cover 90 percent of the retrofit costs. Atkins contacted Troy Lanz, president of Champaign’s Lanz Heating & Cooling, Inc. to find an HVAC system that qualified for the program upgrades. Lanz recommended our MXZ multi-zone heat pump system for the job.

With little room for ductwork, our ductless, two-pipe systems offered the perfect solution to maximize the space. The systems’ flexible design also offered a quick and easy installation that resulted in minimal impact on Westgate residents, requiring only one day to install each apartment unit. The best result? The zone control feature allowed Westgate to save one-third on energy costs for vacant units just two months after the project’s completion.

Click here to learn more about the transformation of the Westgate apartment complex. 

December 2, 2014, 2:54 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Another Award Win for the H2i® R2-Series!

PrintWe’re proud to announce that our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i) R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow Zoning System has won yet another industry award this year – the 2014 Architectural Record Record Products Award.

The award recognizes new building products that represent the most innovative and useful offerings available to architects, specifiers and designers. Our H2i R2-Series system took the prize in the HVAC category. The winners were chosen by Architectural Record’s editors.

You can read about all the winners in the December issue of the publication. Click here to learn about the other industry recognitions the H2i R2-Series has received in 2014.

November 27, 2014, 12:34 pm Filed Under: Holiday

With Thanks to Our Friends

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The best celebrations are filled with loved ones, warmth and delicious food. Whether you’re one of the 88 percent of Americans sitting down to a turkey dinner or you’re enjoying a Tofurky® picnic or a turducken feast, we’re wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Written by MitsubishiHVAC
November 26, 2014, 10:18 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Las Brisas Farmhouse, Austin, Texas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that summers in Austin average 90-plus degrees Fahrenheit and can reach up to 112 degrees. For Las Brisas Farmhouse in West Lake Hills, Texas, architect Tim Brown of Tim Brown Architecture needed an HVAC system with both significant cooling capabilities to combat the scorching Southwest heat and high energy efficiency to complement the home’s passive design. That’s where we come in.

The house’s orientation minimizes the amount of incoming sunlight, boosting the natural cooling created by the large overhangs that shade interior spaces. The passive natural cooling was not enough to suppress the Austin heat, though, so Brown worked with Austin’s Redbud Custom Homes to select and install our ductless system for the 2,700-square-foot farmhouse. Clever choices were made to efficiently cool the house’s different zones. The home was broken into smaller spaces, for example, to take advantage of the zone control feature. Air handlers on the ground floor were also placed high on the walls so cold air descends, pushing hot air to the return vents near the floor. These are creative solutions in a fascinating project that we are excited to be a part of.

To learn more about the Las Brisas Farmhouse project, click here.

Written by MitsubishiHVAC
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