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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.

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November 25, 2014, 2:06 pm Filed Under: Industry News

How VRF Zoning Help Hospitals Save


There were 7,156 hospitals in the U.S. in 1975; currently, there are 5,723. The competition among hospitals to attract patients, and thus stay in business, has never been stiffer. As Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter explained at the recent Hospital of Tomorrow Conference, hospitals that provide the highest value care at the lowest cost will outlast those that don’t, so cost savings is key.

FacilitiesNet.com’s Executive Editor Greg Zimmerman points out that hospitals can start saving with energy management. Hospitals are one of the largest consumers of electricity in the commercial sector so managing a building’s energy usage smartly and efficiently can offer substantial savings. You need to be able to evaluate the building’s performance and have hard data in order to optimize its efficiency and reduce energy costs. “We collect data so we can understand operational and demand profiles. When you focus on how systems are being used, where there is inherent energy waste, you can determine where the energy savings are,” said Michael Della Barba, director of commissioning services at Environmental Health & Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts.

Cooling and heating contributes to nearly half of a building’s energy consumption. So outdated, inefficient HVAC systems can be significant energy drains. Hospitals that choose Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems make a particularly wise investment. Here’s why:

  • Zoning. Although hospitals provide around-the-clock care, seven days a week, not even half of the facility is used 24/7. You wouldn’t leave every light on in a hospital, only the ones in the occupied rooms. The same is true for HVAC. The zoning capabilities of VRF zoning systems give hospital administrators control where and when energy is spent by conditioning only the areas in use.

  • Control. VRF zoning systems feature intelligent, intuitive controls that allow facility managers to easily and conveniently control the building’s systems. Our CITY MULTI Controls Network lets them set an operating schedule tailored to the needs of the patients, staff and the building.

  • Savings. In addition to lower utility bills, some of our VRF zoning systems are ENERGY STAR®-qualified and can help earn tax rebates. VRF zoning systems are cost effective over time as well. The systems’ payback period is just 10 years.

Click here to learn about hospitals that have benefited from our VRF zoning systems. To read Zimmerman’s full article, click here.

November 20, 2014, 11:03 am Filed Under: Corporate News

ProudGreenHome Interviews One of Our Own!

ProudGreenHome, a news outlet seeking to “inspire homes that honor the human experience,” recently interviewed Kevin Miskewicz, our senior manager, commercial marketing, on what it calls “the crossroads of quality HVAC and energy efficiency” – ductless technology.

In the interview, Kevin talks about the new Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH heat pump systems, the most recent additions to our ductless offering. He details their energy efficiency, SEER rating, zone control capabilities, lifespan, unobtrusive sound and aesthetics – all in under one minute.

Check out the video below to learn more about this groundbreaking technology.

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November 19, 2014, 2:44 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Our H2i Products Win Innovation Awards

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We’re excited to announce that two of our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) heat pump systems have received industry recognition for their innovation:

Our H2i MXZ multi-zone heat pump took the top spot in the Heating category of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards. A panel of ASHRAE members recognized products that provide safer, healthier and more efficient environments. The winning products showcase innovation, market impact and value to users. Attendees will be able to see the H2i MXZ and other award winners center stage at the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago in January

Our H2i R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems won Architectural Products’ 2014 Product Innovation Award in the Building Systems category. A jury of more than 40 industry experts identified products that offer qualities, design, functionality and performance beyond the industry standard and bring ingenuity and innovation to the design industry. You can read more about all the winners in the November issue of the magazine or on their website.

We pride ourselves on our forward thinking. These award wins reinforce our product innovation.

November 13, 2014, 4:28 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

BU News: Tour of Local New Orleans Installations


Our customers and engineers got a unique tour of New Orleans, courtesy of our Southwest Business Unit (SWBU). The SWBU held a special event while down in The Big Easy for Greenbuild 2014 and guided select attendees on a tour of the French Quarter. The outing included stops at landmark establishments that highlighted successful CITY MULTI® Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning installations in the popular neighborhood.

The Palace Café, French Market Inn and Tableau Restaurant rounded out the tour destinations. Our Commercial Manager Steve Jones, Mechanical Engineer Henry Delgado and Commercial Regional Manager Keith Reihl discussed VRF zoning technology, its efficiency and benefits at each stop. Attendees also learned about the HVAC problems these historic buildings presented and why our technology was selected as the solution:

  • Palace Café: The restaurant’s large, open, two-story atrium features a glass store front that provided an unusual cooling challenge. The previous air-conditioning system simply could not handle the incredible heat-gain from the glass. Our Y-Series heat pump system was installed conveniently using the building’s existing ductwork. Our high-static PEFY ducted indoor units deliver the precise cooling loads of the entire space and optimal comfort for the café patrons, no matter what the temperature is outside.

  • French Market Inn: The 1800s hotel needed a highly-efficient system that offered zone control, simultaneous cooling and heating and the ability to preserve its historic architecture. Our R2-Series VRF zoning system offered a solution that did not require structural alterations and the technology needed to better maintain the hotel’s historic integrity. The system’s simultaneous cooling and heating resulted in increased efficiency, energy savings and comfort for all guests.

  • Tableau Restaurant: The high-end restaurant needed a system that could maintain the desired temperature throughout the entire dining area, especially when crowded during peak hours, and quiet operation to not disturb guests. Ceiling space was also limited and, because it’s a historic building, the HVAC design had to comply with historical codes and requirements. The restaurant’s owner also owns Palace Café. He was so pleased with the comfort, efficiency, performance and ease of maintenance of our systems that he had our heat pumps installed in the sister restaurant.

Events such as this highlight our commitment to our Mitsubishi Electric supporters and show how proud we are of our installations in historic districts such as the French Quarter.

November 12, 2014, 4:56 pm Filed Under: Industry News

NAHB Housing Survey Shows Regional Differences

A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) showed significant regional differences in new single-family homes. NAHB analyzed the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction and focused on a variety of characteristics, from price and design features to building materials and financing. The most drastic differences were in the average sales prices and home sizes from region to region.

Here are other highlights from NAHB’s report:

  • Most Expensive. The most expensive homes built for sale last year are located in New England, where the median sales price reached $400,000. Interestingly, New England homes also ranked as some of the smallest, with a median size of 2,240 square feet.

  • Least Expensive. Homes located in the East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee) and West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) regions tend to be the least expensive. The median sales prices were $221,000 and $223,000 respectively.

  • Siding. Vinyl took the top spot in home siding preferences and was used in nearly 31 percent of homes built in 2013. Brick came in second at 24 percent. Vinyl was most popular in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Brick took the No. 1 spot in the South and stucco was the top choice in the West.

  • Foundation. Homes in colder climates like the Northeast and Midwest tend to have basements, while homes in the South are typically built on concrete slabs. Nearly 58 percent of homes nationwide have two or more stories, with the majority located in the West.

  • Outdoor Features. Porches ranked as the most popular feature nationwide. Patios were widely popular in the West and West South Central regions. Despite a nationwide decline, decks still remain a top choice for homes in New England, and are featured in 63 percent of the homes built last year.

As the economy and building industry continue to rebound, these findings help us better understand the diverse housing demands from one region of the U.S. to the next. Click here to read the full results of NAHB’s study.

November 11, 2014, 12:15 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Operation FINALLY HOME: Building Homes for our Heroes

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Since today is Veterans Day, we thought you’d like to know about a partnership we’re working on with Operation FINALLY HOME. Operation FINALLY HOME is a nonprofit organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life. The nationwide charity brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations and professionals, individual contributors and volunteers. Operation FINALLY HOME and its supporters help veterans and their families transition to the homefront by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting partnership. In the meantime, click here to learn more about Operation FINALLY HOME.

November 6, 2014, 2:38 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

H2i MSZ-FH Featured on The Weather Channel

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Last week, This Old House announced our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH model as one of its Top 100 Products of 2014. This morning, the magazine featured our award-winning cooling and heating system in a special segment on The Weather Channel. The folks at This Old House demonstrated the H2i MSZ-FH heat pump and other Top 100 products to give weather gurus insight on the best home products for the upcoming winter season.

Missed the airing this morning? No worries. Check out the segment online.

November 5, 2014, 3:13 pm Filed Under: Industry News

2014 Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference

November 5We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Conference, hosted this year in partnership with the Association of Energy Service Professionals Southeast chapter and the Cadmus Group. The third annual event starts today in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Attendees will join over 200 SEEA members, energy efficiency experts and stakeholders to examine the multifaceted role of energy efficiency innovations in finance, technology, public policy and programs.

Our very own Paul Doppel, senior director of industry and government relations, will be a speaker to talk on energy efficiency’s role in job creation and economic growth. Paul will be joined by four other industry professionals for the session, “We’re All Hired! Energy Efficiency and Job Creation,” which takes place on Thursday, November 6. The three-day conference includes other panel discussions, networking opportunities and learning sessions, covering everything from “Innovative Approaches to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Clean Power Plan” to “Using Utility Bills to Facilitate Energy Efficiency.” Suzanne Shelton, president and CEO of the Shelton Group, Scott Jenkins, general manager of the Atlanta Falcons stadium, and Commissioner Tim Echols of the Georgia Public Service Commission will deliver the keynote speeches.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

October 30, 2014, 2:05 pm Filed Under: Corporate News

Diamond Contractor™ Conferences Visit Sin City

Untitled-2On October 16, we shared with you the activities at the Diamond Contractor Conference in Atlanta. This week we traveled to the West Coast, where more than 400 Diamond Contractors joined us at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the final conference of the year.

The Diamond Contractor Conferences are part of an ongoing initiative to give certified Diamond Contractors the tools they need to grow their businesses through selling ductless technology, today’s fastest-October 30_diamond_contractor-Logogrowing segment of the HVAC market. As part of the Diamond Contractor Program, the conferences coach contractors on the valuable business-building benefits of ductless technology. The event consisted of business and sales training, networking opportunities as well as presentations on the current state of the economy, in-home selling tips and techniques and the profitability of selling ductless. Weldon Long delivered his popular seminar titled, “The Power of Consistency – Rock your Business – Rock your Life.”

These events demonstrate our continuing commitment to develop the most extensive, highly-qualified contractor network in the industry. To learn how you can join this elite group, talk with your local distributor.

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