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January 17, 2018, 9:00 am

Mitsubishi Electric and Ingersoll Rand to Establish Joint Venture

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Mitsubishi Electric, Tokyo, Japan and Ingersoll Rand, Swords, Ireland today announced they have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV), pending global anti-trust review. We are a global leader in ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and air conditioning systems and Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. The new JV will include marketing, sales and distribution of ductless and VRF heating and air conditioning systems through Ingersoll Rand’s Trane and American Standard commercial and residential channels, and existing Mitsubishi Electric distributors and representatives in the U.S. and select Latin American countries. This is exciting news and we’ll continue to share more as details become available.

Read the full announcement here.

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January 9, 2018, 9:00 am

The 2018 International Builders’ Show is Here! Visit Mitsubishi Electric at Booth S231

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This week, the Mitsubishi Electric team is in sunny Orlando at the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS). IBS is co-locating with The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and 80,000 visitors are expected to attend. Activities include educational courses, exhibitor sessions and events centered around residential and light commercial construction.

Be sure to visit Mitsubishi Electric at Booth S231. This year, we are featuring several residential and commercial products, including our multi-zone cooling and heating outdoor units, the CITY MULTI® L-Generation Air-Source outdoor unit, the kumo suite and much more.

It’s also a particularly exciting show for two reasons: our MXZ Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) outdoor unit is a finalist in the Best of IBS Awards, and our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ have been selected to be included in the 2018 New American Home (TNAH).

The MXZ H2i outdoor unit is one of seven finalists in the Best Energy Efficient Product category. Backed by INVERTER-driven technology, the MXZ H2i provides energy-efficient, multi-zone heating and cooling for residences that experience extreme climates. Throughout the expo, a panel of judges will assess and rate the finalists with category winners being announced at the Best of IBS Awards event on Thursday, January 11.

As for this year’s New American Home, which showcases best practices in residential building and architecture, the following 10 Mitsubishi Electric products will be featured:

  • One ceiling-recessed 4-way cassette (SLZ-KA09NAR1.TH)
  • Four multi-position air handlers (MVZ-A12AA7)
  • Two concealed ducted air handlers (SEZ-KD09NA4R1.TH)
  • One cooling only heat pump outdoor unit (MSZ-GL24NA-U1)
  • Two heat pump outdoor units (MUZ-GL24NA-U1, MXZ-8C48NA)

Suppliers for the 2018 TNAH were selected for their commitment to energy efficiency. This home is targeted to become certified in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS programs, and as a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home.

We are excited to be in attendance, and proud to provide both residential and commercial markets top quality, energy-efficient products that are recognized within the industry.

To learn more about the IBS Show, visit: https://www.buildersshow.com.

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January 3, 2018, 9:00 am

AHR Expo 2018 is on the Horizon!

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We’re just a few weeks out from the 2018 AHR Expo! Over 65,000 industry professionals are set to descend on Chicago to learn about all things HVAC/R.

This year the conference will feature over 2,000 exhibitors and will host the largest-ever education program with over 120 sessions. Attendees will be able to earn CEUs, certificates and keep up with the latest trends in HVAC.

AHR will also be using the entry fees collected from its Innovation Awards to make a donation to Chicago Lighthouse, a local nonprofit that benefits the blind, visually impaired, disability and veteran communities.

Be sure to visit the Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Booth 2124 during the Expo. We’re pleased to be presenting several new products and updates at this year’s show, including:

  • kumo cloud®6 Update
  • PEAD Horizontal-Ducted Indoor Unit
  • MLZ Series, One-Way Cassette
  • SUZ Universal Outdoor Unit
  • MVZ – SVZ Ducted Air Handler Redesign
  • LEV Kit
  • Next Generation CITY MULTI systems

To learn more about AHR Expo, visit: https://ahrexpo.com/.

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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.

November 15, 2017, 9:00 am

Moving Beyond Accessible Design

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Recently, Google pledged to make their workspaces “ADA-plus” compliant. Their goal was to exceed the building accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With the Baby Boom generation getting older and one in five Americans living with a disability, practicing universal design, or building for all abilities, makes sense and promotes equal rights.

As you might imagine, this goes beyond automatic doors and adequately sized restroom stalls. In 2005, the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) established the following eight goals to help architects better understand the concepts of universal design:

  • Body fit: Accommodate a range of body sizes and abilities.
  • Comfort: Prevent environmental demands from being physically challenging.
  • Awareness: Ensure that critical instructions are made easily available.
  • Understanding: Make methods of operation and use clear and unambiguous.
  • Wellness: Contribute to health promotion, avoidance of disease and prevention of injury.
  • Social integration: Treat all groups with dignity and respect.
  • Personalization: Incorporate opportunities for choice and emphasize autonomy.
  • Cultural appropriateness: Respect cultural values and the social and environmental context of any design project.

In terms of HVAC, indoor air quality (IAQ) and temperature can be a huge factor in the health and comfort of building occupants. If not properly controlled, temperature and air pollutants can aggravate certain conditions such as temperature-related stress. Zoned Comfort Solutions ™ from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating allow indoor temperature to be controlled room-to-room and can aid greatly in creating a universally designed space. kumo station™ also promotes accessibility by allowing users to independently control their HVAC and filtering systems from a smart device.

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November 8, 2017, 9:00 am

Greenbuild 2017 is Here! Visit Mitsubishi Electric in Booth 838

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This week, the Mitsubishi Electric team is in Boston for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference that brings together industry leaders, experts and professionals that specialize in sustainable building.

This year will include more participants than usual as Greenbuild and the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) are co-locating at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Between the two shows, 25,000 people are anticipated to attend, with over 800 exhibitors.

Net zero building technology is expected to be one of the most popular topics at the conference. Parts of the exhibit hall will use onsite power generated by the Greenbuild Net Zero Zone and Microgrid Showcase. This showcase provides a unique opportunity to highlight sustainable technologies and products designed for the net zero building market, which is predicted to grow into a multi-billion-dollar market in the next few years.

If you are at the show, stop by booth #838 to learn about energy-efficient HVAC innovations from Mitsubishi Electric. We are proud to offer both residential and commercial products that minimize energy consumption while giving our customers maximum comfort and control over their environment.

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October 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Preparing Facilities For Multigenerational Travelers

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It’s been official for a while now: multigenerational traveling is a trend. Multigenerational trips – defined as those involving at least three generations – create both challenges and opportunities for facility managers at hotels and lodges. Given that 47 percent of people over the age of 45 plan to take a multigenerational trip next year, based on an AARP survey, facility managers and building owners might find these tips helpful:

  • Public spaces like restaurants must be able to accommodate diverse groups; facilities may need to purchase larger tables and different kinds of chairs.
  • Guests of all ages are interested in well-maintained grounds. For older guests, grounds are a space of relaxation and contemplation. For children, active recreation.
  • It’s great to be with family, but it’s also exhausting. Guests will need private spaces to help them relax; these spaces should cater to each generation’s need for physical comfort and relaxation.
  • Family-friendly guest rooms can require more maintenance. Multigenerational guests may want to cook full meals and bring their pets.
  • With older guests, accessibility and safety can be a concern. Slip and trip hazards must be addressed.
  • Younger guests may embrace energy-efficient practices, but guests of other generations may leave lights on and HVAC systems running while out, and expect fresh bedding and towels each day.
  • As always, guest comfort is paramount. With different sleep and activity schedules, each generation creates its own peak load time, making versatile and quiet mechanical systems a necessity.

To read more about how to prepare for multigenerational traveling, check out our Facility Management newsletter here.

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October 4, 2017, 9:00 am

Educational Facilities That Go Beyond Academics

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There has been a push within our school systems to conduct learning beyond the classroom. This new approach is called “instruments of learning,” and refers to elements throughout the building being used as learning tools. Some of these building elements include landscape design, mechanical systems, water conservation and interior design. As facility managers seek to incorporate cutting edge solutions in their buildings, schools are using them to better educate students about school operations and sustainability practices.

  • Landscape Design: This includes evaluating the impacts of the school on the environment while also protecting landscaping and natural features. This can educate students about how to incorporate environmentally friendly design solutions, such a erosion control, storm water retention or using greenery needing little irrigation.
  • Energy-Efficient Mechanical Systems: This involves incorporating sustainable technology into the curriculum so students can understand the design and environmental impacts of the systems that keep them comfortable throughout the day. Efficient HVAC and controls systems, such as Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, can teach students how to reduce peak electrical demand and offer cost-saving benefits.
  • Water Conservation: This involves the school collecting rainwater for toilet flushing and site irrigation. In addition, waterless or low-flow toilets minimize wastewater and insulated piping can reduce hot water waste. As an educational tool, facility managers can install rainwater gauges, allowing students to monitor annual rainfall.
  • Interior Design: This comprises selecting interior elements that reflect the school’s appreciation for the environment. Facility managers can consider incorporating recyclable colored tiles or carpeting to represent the school’s efforts to protect the natural environment. This teaches students that materials, in addition to paper, can be recycled.

At Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric), we support facility managers’ efforts to make their buildings more educational and sustainable. In this issue and on our website, you’ll learn about our smart, flexible technologies that support the instruments of learning trend.

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September 13, 2017, 9:00 am

Designing For The Students of Today

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According to School Planning & Management magazine, there’s a direct connection between students’ physical environment and their academic achievement. An environment that encourages collaborative and individual learning has become the standard for today’s schools. As educators are working to encourage these types of learning within the classroom, so can architects with facility design and selection of mechanical systems.

Architects are challenged to design environments that include a combination of flexible spaces, such as open and private classrooms, as well as individual and collaborative study rooms. Architects often include design elements that evoke a feeling of openness for students, such as glass or natural lighting. These design elements, among others, allow students to see and interact with their surroundings, creating visual and social connectivity.

Architects also can consider highly efficient mechanical systems for the facility. Over the course of a school day, occupancy levels within a space vary, and such extremes can make it difficult to keep a space comfortable for students. Therefore, an HVAC system that meets a student’s comfort needs can enhance the educational experience. HVAC systems, such as Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, maximize square footage while offering the individual control, zoning capabilities and quiet operation necessary for an educational facility.

With flexible spaces and efficient mechanical equipment, architects are able to design the ideal educational environment for today’s students. At Mitsubishi Electric, we support architects’ plans for these applications. Learn more about applying smart technologies in our most recent White Paper, “Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities.”

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August 9, 2017, 9:00 am

The Trend Toward Green

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Every year, it seems, there’s a new green rating program for homes. A long but still incomplete list includes: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, EarthCraft, ENERGY STAR®, GreenStar, HERS®, LEED® for Homes, Living Building Challenge™, National Green Building Standard™ and Passive House. In short, builders and homeowners are going green.

Recent studies corroborate this trend. In 2016, McGraw Hill surveyed 116 builders regarding their green building practices. Over a third of those builders completed green projects, which accounted for more than 60 percent of their business. By 2018, the percentage of green projects completed by those builders is expected to rise to 90 percent. Over the same period, just 16 percent of builders are expected not to embrace green building.

The U.S. Green Building Council has attempted to understand why builders and homeowners have sustainability in mind. The top reasons driving this upswing in green building include strong market demand, homeowner cost savings, health, building codes and property values. There doesn’t appear to be one single reason the market is going green, but there is a theme among the reasons: to build and live sustainably.

It helps that green building goes hand-in-hand with advancing technology and decreasing footprints. We’re in an era of high expectations when it comes to convenience, which ultimately means that technology – and often-smart technology – must be integrated throughout a space. It’s also an era of smaller houses as homeowners look to control costs, locate themselves more centrally and live meaningfully. The result is that builders are tasked with providing homes that meet all of the market’s previous demands, but that are also contemporary when it comes to technology and footprint.

Fortunately, builders have tools at their disposal to solve this challenge. Manufacturers are offering mobile apps, products and even entire mechanical systems that help builders create homes they can stand by, and homes people want.

If you want to read more about the continual rise in sustainable building and living, check out our Builder newsletter here.

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