A 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:
Click here to read the article and learn more about these innovations in HVAC technology.
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.
Voting 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.
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.
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.
We’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.
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.