In the past two months, we’ve shared many situations where ductless is the perfect comfort solution, as part of our Ductless on Every Job campaign. We’re back with another unique way ductless can solve a common challenge for homeowners, especially during this time of the year: maintaining a comfortable indoor environment for guests without having to spend an excess of money on utilities.
The holidays are the few times in the year where the whole family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews – is together in the same place at the same time. It’s when family members are able to catch up on each other’s lives, share stories and create new memories. But to the HVAC world, what does the holiday time mean?
Ductless technology prevents homeowners from having to add “Thermostat Watchdog” to their hosting responsibilities. Ductless systems use an intelligent INVERTER-driven compressor that ramps up to meet the homeowner’s desired temperature and then delivers only the amount of heating or cooling necessary to maintain that set temperature, providing constant comfort to homeowners and their guests, regardless of the number of people or what’s going on in the house.
Farewell to the family arguments over what the thermostat should be set to, too. The zoning feature of ductless technology provides the ability to have precise temperature control for each individual room. Depending on where they come from and the climate they’re used to, each guest can control their room’s temperature to meet their comfort needs, without having to play Rock-Papers-Scissors for control over the thermostat. Best of all, the energy-efficient design of a ductless system means homeowners can avoid the sticker shock of higher utility bills when the holiday is over and the company has left.
And for those who will be spending the holiday out of town, our meZO Controller app, compatible with iPhones and iPads, gives homeowners the ability to control their home’s comfort system from anywhere in the world. This means homeowners can shut off their ductless system using the Internet and turn it back on to come back to a warm and comfortable home.
Visit www.mitsubishipro.com to learn more on how ductless can provide constant comfort for homeowners and their guests this holiday season. For more information on selling ductless, go to www.ductlessrewards.com.
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that Green Globes® is now recognized by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) alongside LEED® as the two recommended third-party certification systems for the federal government to use to gauge the performance of its buildings.
Ray Tonjes, chairman of GBI and president of Ray Tonjes Builder, Austin, Texas, says this new GSA recognition is “representative of our achievements in providing a comprehensive, transparent and consensus-driven rating system and product line to the market.”
We’ve been strong supporters of the Green Globes program and, through our membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, of LEED as well. Mark Kuntz, Mitsubishi Electric’s vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, was recently appointed to GBI’s board of directors. Also, Mitsubishi Electric is currently in the process of receiving certification under the Green Globes standard for our new corporate offices that opened earlier this year in Suwanee, Ga.
According to GBI, its growth in the market is due to its commitment to the practicality of its tools for use by building owners, designers and facility managers as well as its commitment to open, consensus-based review of its technical criteria. GBI remains steadfast in using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved consensus procedures and in 2010, it was recognized for developing Green Globes for New Construction as the first ever American National Standard for a commercial building rating system.
Although home improvement spending is expected to reach its highest point since the housing boom, this growth will decline by the middle of 2014. According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released last month by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, spending is increasing at a double-digit pace in the near term, but a slowdown of this growth can be expected.
“The soft patch that homebuilding has seen in recent months, coupled with rising financing costs is expected to be reflected as slower growth in home improvement spending beginning around the middle of next year,” says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “However, even with this projected tapering, remodeling activity should remain at healthy levels.”
The LIRA is released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University in the third week after each quarter’s closing. The next LIRA release date is January 16, 2014.
Click here to read the full article from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
According to the DOE, “only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by Energy Department guidelines.” We are thrilled to work with builders that are of the calibre as Weiss Building and wish them much continued success!
Last week, thousands of green building professionals descended on Philadelphia for Greenbuild 2013 – the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The conference featured three days of speakers, networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED® workshops and tours of Philadelphia’s green buildings.
We experienced the action first-hand as an exhibitor, showcasing our sustainable cooling and heating solutions to industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Architects, engineers, contractors, builders, remodelers and members of the media all stopped by our booth to learn more about why ductless and VRF zoning technology are at the center of green building’s emergence. We also showcased the Jet Towel, Hydronic Heat Exchanger and Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilator – products with remarkable energy saving applications.
Stay tuned to www.greenbuildexpo.org for recaps of the show and the educational sessions and be on the lookout for Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans!
As part of a robust new initiative to support the development of our contractors’ businesses, we’re partnering with New York Times best-selling author and HVAC sales expert Weldon Long to bring an exciting educational opportunity to our Diamond Contractors.
The In-Home Selling Seminar Program kicked off this week with its first two-day event in Boston. Long led the seminar, which aimed to accomplish the following:
Long is the perfect spokesperson for this seminar because he is unique familiarity with the HVAC sales process. In 2003, he walked out of prison and built a residential HVAC company worth $0 to $20,000,000 in just 60 months. In 2009, his company was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses.” Weldon is here to share the secrets to his success.
The seminar will also take place in the coming months in Philadelphia, New York City and Buffalo. To learn more about the In-Home Selling Seminar Program, contact your Business Unit Administrator or Mitsubishi Electric sales representative.
The seminar is open to Diamond Contractors that have been handpicked by their distributors. If you have any questions, contact MarketingDepartment@hvac.mea.com.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Flynn to senior product development engineer.
As the senior product development engineer, Chris is responsible for leading the design and development of products specific to North America.
Chris has more than 25 years of experience, having worked previously in engineering departments at Hussmann Refrigeration, Suwanee, Ga., Hillphoenix, Conyers, Ga., and Heatcraft, Stone Mountain, Ga.
For more information on this promotion, click here. Congratulations, Chris!
Historic building renovations present unique challenges for HVAC contractors. Many historic structures lack the space for ductwork, and their electrical systems probably weren’t designed to handle modern central cooling and heating requirements. Contractors are expected to modernize the building while preserving its architectural and aesthetic integrity, which is no easy feat.
We’ve published a new white paper detailing why VRF zoning systems are a particularly smart HVAC choice for meeting the unique challenges of a historic building renovation. This white paper can be a great resource for contractors, engineers and other building professionals who are hoping to learn more about VRF zoning technology for this potentially challenging application. The paper also outlines how VRF zoning systems can help historic buildings earn a substantial number of green building certification points, which is increasingly important in today’s industry.
Here are some highlights of why VRF zoning systems work well for historic building renovations: