Back in May
, we wrote about Cortney and Bob Novogratz’
installation of our ductless zoning systems
in their first Los Angeles remodel project in more than 20 years. Today, we’re happy to report that the renovation of this stylish, one-story bungalow is finally complete.
In addition to a new kitchen, bathroom, floors and landscaping, the 1,700-square-foot home now features five of our indoor units. Each unit provides individualized temperature control and has the option of being controlled remotely on a smartphone or tablet through the RedLINK™ Internet Gateway
We’re thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project, and would like to give a special thank you to Diamond Contractor™ Sirius Mechanical
who helped complete the installation. Check out the Novogratz’ blog
for more photos of the finished LA remodel.
DIY Network’s Blog Cabin is not your average building show. Viewers don’t just watch the renovation of a house on television; they participate in the “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” process. Viewers vote online on the design features and a panel of expert hosts team up to transform the home. Viewers can then enter a sweepstakes to win the home they’ve helped create!
This year’s home was a 1920s bungalow overlooking Lake Hamilton, Florida. The house had water damage, outdated furniture and an aging furnace system. Project manager Dylan Eastman worked to incorporate the house’s original architecture and materials in the renovation while opening up the space and upgrading the technology. The HVAC system was upgraded to a Mitsubishi Electric M-Series system. This allows the home to retain its charming touches, but transforming into a comfortable and modern space.
Click here to see the home’s dramatic transformation and click here for a chance to make it yours!
Mingledorff’s, Norcross, Georgia, is the Southeast’s largest independent wholesale HVAC distributor and one of our most loyal and long-standing distributors. The Wholesaler recently gave kudos to the company that celebrates 75 years in business this year, and featured Mingledorff’s on the cover of its July issue along with an exclusive interview with its leadership team inside.
Mingledorff’s began when a contractor installed the first air-conditioning unit in Savannah, Georgia, and has evolved into a $315 million company with 33 branches in five states. The company, who has carried our HVAC solutions for the past 25 years, believes that top-notch products and superior service are keys to its success. “Some things are worth preserving, and over the years, we’ve done a good job figuring out what to preserve and what to change,” said Bud Mingledorff, chairman of Mingledorff’s, Inc.
We congratulate Mingledorff’s on its worthy recognition, and look forward to the next 25 years of this partnership. To read the full feature in The Wholesaler, click here.
Ever wonder the energy cost differentials between state lines? Differences in energy prices can have a big impact on monthly costs for homes and businesses. ECOBUILDING Pulse recently released an interactive heat map of the U.S., which shows where each state falls in terms of total energy costs. The map ranks the states based on the monthly energy consumption averages and the electricity, natural gas and fuel costs recorded in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2012 Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price and WalletHub’s Most and Least Energy Expensive States reports.
Colorado, Washington state and Montana currently lead the nation in lowest total energy costs. New England states are some of the most expensive and Hawaii has some of the highest energy costs in the country, landing in the lists of top five states with the highest electricity and natural gas prices.
You may be surprised by the drastic differences in energy costs from state to state. The report shows that electricity costs four times more in some states than others, and natural gas costs nearly six times more in Hawaii (the most energy expensive state) than in Colorado (the state with the lowest energy costs).
To find out how your state matches up, click here.
We recently rolled out a nine-month-long print trade ad campaign highlighting installations that feature our industry-leading Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology. The ads highlight VRF zoning’s unique solutions for solving difficult design challenges in urban areas throughout the country. Our newest print ad features Chandler City Hall, Chandler, Arizona, a five-building, 137,000-square-foot civic center that needed the perfect HVAC system to provide critical cooling for the building’s server rooms and data closets. The center became one of only 24 city halls in the U.S. to receive LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council after the installation of our VRF zoning systems.
Look for the ads in upcoming issues of ARCHITECT magazine. Click here to learn more about Chandler City Hall.
Back in April, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of its U.S. online data visualization resource – a comprehensive, easy-to-understand platform that provides extensive information on the green building marketplace by state.
On July 9, based on the success of the U.S. platform, the USGBC announced the release of an international version of the online resource. The new edition not only allows users to access aggregated LEED® green building project information for the U.S., but provides facts and figures for more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway.
The international market briefs include such details as:
- LEED projects by owner sector.
- Number of LEED-registered and –certified projects.
- In-market LEED credentialed professionals and USGBC members.
- Rating system and space type for all countries with building projects participating in the LEED green building rating system.
The expanded resource comes as a response to the global surge of LEED projects in recent years. Gross commercial square footage certified outside the U.S. by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) rose from 156 million to 176 million square feet from 2012 to 2013, while more than 648 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified outside the U.S. today, according to the USGBC.
As a long-time member of the USGBC, we’re excited to see such a valuable resource expanded to the international level. Click here to view the USGBC press release.
Check out this month’s issue of This Old House magazine for a chance to win a single-zone ductless zoning system for your own home.
We’re participating in the annual Great This Old House Giveaway for the first time. Dozens of building product brands offer homeowners the chance to win prizes for their homes. It’s no surprise that it’s the most popular issue of the year. The magazine expects to receive more than 2.7 million entries.
No strings attached! Contractors are welcome to apply, and you can encourage your customers to enter as well. Sign up only takes a few minutes and the Giveaway includes installation costs. Equipment can’t be resold and must be used by the winner in his or her own home.
This Old House also ran a step-by-step guide to installing a ductless zoning system in its regular “Ask This Old House” section in the same issue. Diamond Contractor Arctic Mechanical, Port Chester, New York, helped out with the installation. It does a great job of breaking down the installation into six easy-to-understand steps. This could be used as a great resource on a sales call with homeowners who aren’t familiar with the installation process.
The article presents ductless zoning as a go-to alternative to window units and space heaters for conditioning single zones, such as a bonus room above a garage. We certainly agree. But also be sure to remind your customers that ductless zoning is no longer just a single-zone solution; ductless can be used on every job.
May the Giveaway odds be in your favor!
Optimal comfort and low energy bills are becoming increasingly important to homeowners building and retrofitting high-end homes, according to a June article in ACH&R News
. The article, titled “Many HVAC Options for High-End Projects,”
focuses on the numerous cooling and heating options available to homeowners today, with an emphasis on how high-efficiency, multi-stage and variable-speed systems can help accomplish this goal.
The article uses the Vail EarthCraft Platinum House
as an example, describing how our ductless zoning system
helped homeowners Lisa and George Vail achieve the energy efficiency and sustainability levels needed to meet stringent EarthCraft standards
to read the complete ACH&R News
article and here
to read the full case study.
Marty and Jocelyn Schaffer weren’t looking for a home when they went to visit their son in Northeast Ohio. However, when they saw the PNC SmartHome, they knew they had to buy the house.
The PNC SmartHome was originally a collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
and more than 100 partners to show how easy it is to build a high-tech home with today’s technologies. The PNC SmartHome meets the Passive House standard, which is the most rigorous residential energy performance standard in the world. It consumes 90 percent less cooling and heating energy than a conventional house!
Comfort Systems USA
, Oakwood Village, Ohio, was the HVAC contractor for the project. They knew they needed a ductless system that would meet Passive House standards. Our system was up to the task! The system cools and heats the 2,500-square-foot house while maintaining comfort and helping the home achieve rigorous energy reduction goals. “The Mitsubishi Electric system was the ideal choice for this project,” said Edwin Shank, Certified Passive House™ consultant, LEED®
AP and engineering manager.
“We’ve been very happy with the home. We’ve visited in every season and are always pleased with how comfortable the home is,” said Jocelyn Schaffer.
To learn more about this home of the future, click here
to read the complete case study.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2014 LEED® in Motion: Residential report, the latest installment of its LEED in Motion series. The 36-page report includes facts and figures that prove the residential green market and LEED are gaining ground in the industry.
Readers will find:
- Statistics on the size and growth of the green residential market.
- Successful strategies and outcomes of high-achieving LEED for Homes projects.
- Valuable resources like LEED Dynamic Plaque®, which shows how the performance of your LEED for Homes-certified construction matches up with other certified residential constructions in the area and nationwide.
We’ve compiled what we think are the key findings in the infographic above. To download the free LEED in Motion: Residential report, click here.