We are proud to announce that our Hyper-Heating INVERTER (H2i®) R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system won Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2014 Product of the Year Silver Award. This is the third consecutive year that our products have achieved the magazine’s premier Product of the Year designation. There were 103 products in 10 different categories in the running this year. Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers casted their ballots for what they felt were the top new products in the industry and, after tallying the votes, narrowed the list down to 31 award winners.
For more information on the winning products, visit csemag.com and check out the magazine’s September issue. To learn more about our award-winning product, click here.
reports that more than 5,000 ductless heat pumps have been installed in Maine
since 2012. Buildings throughout the state are becoming more energy-efficient as awareness and encouragement of ductless technology continues to spread. The 181-year-old Blaine House
, the mansion where Maine’s presiding governor lives, is one of them.
Our heat pump was installed in the sleeping quarters of the Blaine House in fall 2013 to provide adequate heating for the governor throughout last year’s exceptionally harsh winter season. The rest of the Blaine House, however, still relied on an oil boiler system for heating and 26 window air-conditioning units for cooling. The mansion guzzled 5,074 gallons of oil last year alone, which led to a costly $16,775 utility bill and sparked the governor’s search for a new and better HVAC system for the house.
Augusta Fuel Company
(AFC), Augusta, Maine, was tapped for the HVAC makeover. AFC’s Marty Roy has a wealth of experience with our technology and immediately knew our systems would be the best fit for the job. “I knew I could save a ton of electrical work using Mitsubishi [Electric], and provide the Blaine House with a better product,” Roy said. Governor LePage was also “sold on them,” having witnessed the benefits firsthand last winter.
With everyone on board, the team installed 22 units in June 2014 to replace all the window air-conditioning units. The indoor units were painted to blend into the interior décor and the outdoor units were camouflaged behind shrubbery to maintain the Blaine House’s quaint exterior appearance. The ductless design, installation flexibility and minimal demolition allowed the project team to preserve the historic architecture. Perhaps the biggest feat? At least 75 percent of the mansion’s heating is expected to come from our systems, which will optimize the building’s efficiency and comfort while decreasing its energy costs and environmental impact.
The Blaine House makeover is one step in Maine’s plans to install energy-efficient HVAC systems in all of Augusta’s state-owned facilities, which will displace 1.1 million gallons of oil a year. To learn more about the installation, click here
As green home building continues to climb
, it comes as no surprise that college campuses are beginning to catch up. Universities are going far beyond recycling – starting their own organic gardens, installing green roofs and solar panels, and even joining in large-scale movements to measure sustainable dining
In an effort to name the greenest college in the nation, College Prowler
ranked the greenest college in each state, using a scale of one to 10. While the company chose not to release its exact criteria, it reportedly looked at schools’ eco-friendly tendencies, sustainability initiatives and number of LEED®
-certified facilities. Only one school received a perfect 10 at the end of the study – Pitzer College
, Claremont, California, known for its LEED-certified residential halls and low-water landscaping.
Other schools making headlines in the green movement are:
- University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, is well on its way to becoming the first Catholic college in the nation to completely rid itself from coal and fossil fuels.
- College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, is the first college to become carbon neutral, complete with its own personal organic farm. In addition, the school uses only recycled paper and composts all of its food waste.
- University of California, Los Angeles, California, has a plan set in place to generate 100 percent renewable energy as well as use 100 percent local water by 2050.
- George Washington University and American University, located in the nation’s capitol, together made the largest non-utility solar energy purchase in the U.S. as part of their 20-year plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the two universities and George Washington University Hospital. The move to solar power is said to generate more than half the universities’ electricity needs and more than one-third of the hospital’s needs.
Click here to see if your alma mater made the cut.
We’re excited to announce that our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems were selected as the winner in the Best Product for HVAC/Indoor Air Quality/Building Controls category of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2014 Best of Building Awards.
USGBC started the Best of Building Award this year to recognize the best products, projects and organizations that are making an impact in green building. According to USGBC, winners represent the most progressive and innovative ideas in the fields of green architecture, engineering and manufacturing. We’re honored to be the only HVAC manufacturer on USGBC’s list of winners.
All nominees and winners were selected and voted on by members of USGBC. Nominees must also be USGBC members (we’ve been members since 2007). USGBC is made up of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability and green building.
A full list of winners can be viewed at USGBC’s website.
Have you checked out our newsletters recently? The Summer 2014 issues of our Architect and Engineer newsletters are now available and they feature a whole new look along with additional features, more interactivity and an easier-to-use design. As with previous newsletters, they feature relevant and timely articles, interviews and product updates.
The latest Engineer newsletter focuses on geothermal technology. The issue includes case studies, best practices for designing with geothermal systems and information on the latest products.
The Architect newsletter‘s theme is “Designing in Urban Areas.” Construction in U.S. cities is growing, and our systems are especially well-suited to historic renovation and designing in tight spaces – two issues that architects face in urban design. This issue provides architect insights on urban design trends and the impact of HVAC as well as case studies on adaptive reuse.
Readers can print, e-mail and download individual issues and articles of each newsletter.
Click here to subscribe to the Engineer newsletter and click here to subscribe to the Architect newsletter.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy published the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard measuring the world’s largest economies for energy efficiency. The rankings take into account both goal-oriented and quantifiable metrics by weighing a country’s public policy against its actual energy consumption for the year.
Out of 16 ranked countries, Europe takes the top three spots, with Germany at number one. The U.S. trails behind, coming in at number 13.
The report uses 31 separate metrics scored across four different groupings, specifically targeting the three sectors generally responsible for the highest energy usage: buildings, industry and transportation.
This year’s report includes the addition of two new metrics based on water efficiency policy and investment in energy efficiency by the private sector.
The results do not come without offering means for improvement, though. The report illustrates that the U.S. earned only 42 out of a possible 100 points and suggests that the U.S. focus on targeting four large areas:
- Passing a national energy savings target.
- Strengthening national model building energy codes.
- Supporting education and training in the industrial sectors.
- Prioritizing energy-efficiency in transportation spending.
According to the report, as U.S. energy policy lags behind this year, following the suggestions to increase its standing next year should be a priority for U.S. public policy makers.
At Mitsubishi Electric, energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. To check out our energy-saving products, click here.
To view the original article from BUILDINGS, click here.
Our inaugural Ductless on Every Job rebate program and campaign was such a success last year that we’ve brought it back for this fall season. We’re offering contractors a $50 Visa gift card for eligible residential M-Series outdoor units sold and installed between September 15, 2014 and November 14, 2014. Check out the entire list of eligible models by clicking on the “About” menu on the Ductless Rewards website. Not only is it a win-win opportunity for you and your business, but it’s as easy as it sounds, too. Just sign up online at www.ductlessrewards.com, record your sales and start reaping the rewards.
Download the Ductless Rewards flyer here. The program ends on October 23, so don’t wait until it’s too late – register today!
Industry observers might be a little surprised about the strength of recent housing starts numbers. According to Builder magazine, data released in August shows that housing starts are up a whopping 15.4 percent. The greatest growth can be seen in housing markets that suffered the most during the economic downturn. Here are the current top 10 markets for new residential construction:
- Reno, Nevada
- Rio Grande Valley, Texas
- Southern California
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Nashville, Tennessee
- St. George and Mesquite, Utah
- Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Naples and Fort Myers, Florida
As the economy and the housing industry continue to recover from the recent downturn, we look forward to seeing growth in housing starts and new construction. Click here to learn more about the recent trends in new residential construction.
We developed two new white papers to educate architects, builders, contractors and engineers on one of the HVAC industry’s most compelling markets.
Our Multifamily White Paper describes the major benefits of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems, how they meet the demands of designing and building multifamily housing and solve HVAC-related challenges specific to these types of constructions. The Geothermal White Paper provides readers with an overview of water-source (geothermal) VRF zoning technology, its advantages compared to conventional systems and best practices and considerations for selection. Both white papers feature real-life case studies of successful applications.
Click here for the Multifamily White Paper and here for the Geothermal White Paper.
Gilson Riecken, homeowner of the LEED® Platinum Hacienda Ja Ja in Alamo Heights, Texas, discusses the many advantages of using our VRF Zoning S-Series system in his home. Check it out in the clip below: