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November 24, 2015, 9:51 am

L-Gen Gets Its First Accolade; Diamond Controls Wins Its Third This Year

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We are proud to announce two new award wins for two different products!

Architectural Record honored our L-Generation Air Source VRF Outdoor Units with its 2015 Record Product Award. This award recognizes new building products  in the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning category that present the most innovative and useful offerings available to architects, specifiers and designers. To read more about the winners, check out the December issue of Architectural Record.

As if one award win isn’t exciting enough, Architectural Products recognized Diamond Controls™ with its Product Innovation Award – the third accolade this year for Diamond Controls! This award recognizes outstanding product ingenuity in the built environment. Entries were judged by more than 40 professionals with expertise in the design industry. Be on the lookout for Diamond Controls™ in Architectural Products’ November issue.

July 29, 2015, 10:55 am

Another Win for Diamond Controls

DDA_SILVER_2011Diamond Controls™ has been repeatedly recognized by the industry for its value and ingenuity. This week, it adds another accolade to the list: winning ACH&R News’ 2015 Dealer Design Award.

This year, 107 entries vied for the gold, silver and bronze awards. Entries were judged by experienced contractors from around the U.S., who identified a theme across each of the 15 product categories: Leading products are easier to access, easier to install and more user-friendly. As Editor-in-Chief Kyle Gargaro pointed out, the award is “the only HVACR product competition that is judged by the HVACR contractor, which is a true test for how good a product is.”

Have you witnessed just how good Diamond Controls is? Share your experiences below!

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April 8, 2015, 4:02 pm

Diamond Controls Swoops In for the Win!

April 8_Money-Saving Products Award ImageWe’re proud to announce that our Diamond Controls™ solution has won BUILDINGS magazine’s Money-Saving Products Award! This was the first time our division participated in this award program. Diamond Controls was selected to be a part of an elite group of winning products that provide budget-friendly solutions and benefit your bottom line.

Keep a lookout for the Money-Saving Products in BUILDINGS magazine’s June 2015 issue. Click here to learn about our award-winning products.

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October 28, 2015, 2:45 pm

Diamond Contractor™ Conference 2015: Whole-home Solutions

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Expanding whole-home solutions has come up at lot at the conference, which is no surprise given that it’s been identified as one of our top business strategies. Steve Scarborough, south business unit sales manager, residential, introduced the topic yesterday. “Seventy percent of homes in the United States have inadequate airflow leading to rooms that are too hot or too cold.” With 48 million existing homes in the market today, that’s a whole lot of homeowners who could benefit from whole-home solutions. Our goal, he noted, is to provide contractors with the tools that help close the deal – “ultimately, a national marketing campaign, more marketable products, fewer callbacks and a smart way to respond to homeowner demand for comfort throughout the home.”

Michelle Robb, director, product planning, and Charles Miltiades, senior product manager, controls, continued this conversation by discussing the products that help close the deal, and the thoughts that go into product design. “We’re aware that energy costs, controls systems, zone control and replacing existing equipment are big issues for contractors because they’re big issues for your customers,” Robb said.

Miltiades called out kumo cloud™ – a new app and web service enabling wireless control of our systems – as being a benefit to whole-home solutions. Homeowners will monitor and operate their HVAC systems from their smartphones – something they are increasingly demanding.

Robb is familiar with this demand, having installed a Diamond Comfort System in her own home this month – something she is confident was a good decision. She said contractors must work to educate their buyers so buyers can make their own good decisions. “Why did I buy into Diamond Comfort Systems? I’m an informed consumer because I’m in the industry, but beyond that my contractor took the time to review what the 20-year age of my ductwork meant – something I hadn’t thought about as fully. That made a big difference for me. So you need to inform your customer.”

What might customers want to hear about? Whole-home solutions and kumo cloud are a great start.

December 13, 2017, 9:00 am

New Building Trends in Retail Facilities

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The average brick and mortar store is evolving. Customer experience is paramount and store owners are now looking to building design to drive customer traffic. According to Chain Store Age, retailers are rapidly adopting interactive technology that benefits both the customer and building management. Based on their “Smart Building Trends” list, here are a few concepts facility managers should keep in mind:

Energy Efficiency is Key: According to ENERGY STAR®, “On average, 30 cents of every dollar spent on energy use in commercial buildings is wasted through inefficiencies.” ENERGY STAR suggests choosing energy-efficient systems is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy use.

Use Smart Controls: Many retailers are implementing consumer-facing apps and innovations to bring in patrons, but smart technologies can also be a game-changer for building management. For example, Diamond Controls™ from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating pairs automation and facility management to allow users to control multiple systems through a single interface. Users are able to control a whole building or multiple building sites with Diamond Controls.

Augmented Reality for Maintenance: Last year, IBM stated that, “augmented reality is transforming building management.” Augmented reality allows users to experience and interact with video, images and audio ­– which are superimposed over real physical spaces and objects – through their smart devices. For example, QR codes can be programmed and scanned to reveal pertinent information about a system to a contractor. This can help easily identify any issues or errors within a system.

From an HVAC perspective, there is so much changing and evolving in the industry that can benefit retail spaces. At Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, our products reflect this evolution to provide occupant comfort and facility control.

February 7, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: R.J. Reynolds Building

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For 80 years, the historic R.J. Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, served as the corporate headquarters for The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, a subsidary of Reynolds America, Inc. In 2009, when Reynolds America relocated offices, the building went up for sale. But in 2014, the building gained new owners. PMC Property Group, Philadelphia, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group, San Francisco, purchased the building with the plan to offer a boutqiue hotel and luxury apartments to visitors and/or future residents of Winston-Salem.

A challenge of the Reynolds Building’s restoration was replacing the outdated HVAC system with a modern, energy-efficient system that could meet the building’s needs. The building needed an unobtrusive and whisper-quiet system while providing tenants with individual control. The mechanical contractor on the job, First State Mechanical, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, knew Mitsubishi Electric Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was the only solution because of its flexibility in design and installation, and because it would not cause any damage to the building’s architecture.

With technical assistance from Comfort Supply, Inc., Pittsburgh, the project team easily installed 84 outdoor units and 425 indoor units, providing the building with a maximum capacity of 5.8 million Btus. In addition to the mechanical equipment, the Reynolds Building was also outfitted with superior controls to keep its tenants comfortable year-round. For the hotel side, specifically, the building system operators have front-end control of the entire building’s HVAC system by using our Diamond Controls™. However, nearly all rooms within the apartments and hotel utilize SmartME Remote Controllers, which allows the building to conserve energy.

Through the renovation, the Reynolds Building has been given new purpose, serving as one of the greatest places to stay or live in Winston-Salem. Once again, our VRF has proven itself to be an effective cooling and heating solution in historic renovations.

To learn more about the Reynolds Building restoration, read the case study provided by Comfort Supply, Inc. here.

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September 22, 2016, 9:00 am

Maximizing Comfort in Health and Wellness Facilities

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Healthcare Facilities Management magazine recently reported the success of some HVAC systems in health and wellness facilities. With stringent indoor air quality requirements, these facilities need systems that condition outside air, monitor and control humidity, filter air and provide ample ventilation. The article reported that beyond these measurable requirements, facility managers also want sustainable and energy-efficient systems. It also recognized a few manufacturers – including us – as meeting these needs.

Specifically, our latest Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) innovation, CITY MULTI® L-Generation Air-source technology, was recognized for its improvements in efficiency and its ability to maximize heat transfer. In regard to facility management, the magazine celebrated our Diamond Controls™ Solutions for its assistance in helping managers modify zone temperatures and observe building conditions, such as occupancy, CO2 levels, energy usage and humidity levels.

To learn more about how our VRF performs in health and wellness facilities, check out these case studies: Choctaw General Hospital and Grand Lake Mental Health Center.

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June 28, 2016, 9:00 am

CITY MULTI® L-Generation Earns Another Honor

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For the second time in two years, our products have been awarded BUILDINGS magazine’s Money-Saving Products Award. This year, it was our CITY MUTLI® L-Generation Air-source technology. In 2015, our Diamond Controls Solutions brought home the honor.

The goal of every product we design is to provide personalized comfort without wasting energy or space. To have two products recognized for their cost-saving attributes highlights just how successful our efforts have been. Paired together, Diamond Controls and L-Generation technologies create a system that is customizable for various commercial applications. We are proud that these systems have been recognized alongside so many other cost-effective building products.

Be sure to check out all of the winning products in BUILDINGS magazine’s June 2016 issue, released earlier this month. To read more about our award winner, click here.

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June 9, 2016, 9:00 am

Be Sure to Sign up for Our VRF Climate Solutions Webinar

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Registration for our free, hour-long webinar, “Whole Building Control: From Concept to Reality,” is still open!

On Tuesday, June 14, High Performing Buildings will host Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate, Director – Commercial Marketing; Jason Whipple, Senior Controls Manager; and Mark Kulik, Controls Engineer. The panel will highlight the evolution of trends in HVAC controls that have brought the industry to where it is today – easy-to-use, remote, web-based controls that save on energy and cost.

Advantages of this webinar include:

  • Certificate of attendance (with completion of a quiz following the webinar)
  • Question and answer opportunities about industry trends
  • Information about the benefits of Diamond Controls Solutions; application examples

Click here to register for the webinar.

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November 13, 2015, 9:35 am

An Award-winning Recipe for Success

Our Diamond Controls Solution and L-Generation Air Source units are designed to help engineers do their jobs smarter, safer, more efficiently and productively – and Plant Engineering readers agree. The two technologies are in the running for the magazine’s 2015 Product of the Year Award. Voting opens November 12. Manufacturers cannot cast a ballot, but all Plant Engineering subscribers can.

We’re not just receiving industry recognition for our products; we’re winning awards for our service, too. For the second consecutive year, we received the Partners in Excellence and Quality Award from the Gustave A. Larson Company. Jennifer Corey, our residential sales representative in the West Business Unit, was also recognized as the top supplier sales representative for the company’s Mountain Region. This is the third year in a row Jennifer has taken the No. 1 spot.

We focus on developing award-winning products and providing award-winning service because we understand product innovation isn’t the only key to success. Equally important is building lasting relationships with your customers and consumers.

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