Posts tagged ‘architects’

September 13, 2017, 9:00 am

Designing For The Students of Today


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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February 18, 2016, 9:00 am

Calling All Architects: Have You Read Our White Paper?

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We are constantly working to keep professionals educated, and our most recent white paper offers some comprehensive information for commercial architects. Readers looking for ways to maximize usable square footage and occupant comfort will be particularly interested.

Our Commercial Architects White Paper dives into how Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems offer these benefits, and also showcases VRF’s many features. As its title suggests, all of the content is tailored for architects – addressing what you care about, what challenges you’re up against and what opportunities VRF offers you, specifically. The white paper also summarizes a variety of real-world architectural challenges that have been resolved with VRF systems. These projects are described in more depth in our case studies.

Click here to download a copy of the Commercial Architects White Paper.

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June 18, 2015, 11:38 am

We Have Questions. Do You Have Answers?


Where can you find valuable insight on the building industry, details on the latest developments in the HVAC sector and perspectives from top industry professionals all in one place? Our Architect and Engineer E-Newsletters.

Our goal for the digital publications is to help building professionals stay up-to-speed on the evolving cooling and heating landscape and remain ahead of the competition.

We want to ensure that we’re meeting our goal and equipping readers with the right tools and knowledge they need to succeed. If you have five minutes to spare, you can help us find out! Take our five-question Architect or Engineer survey and tell us what you’d like to read in upcoming issues.

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July 22, 2013, 10:50 am

The Beauty of Designing with VRF Zoning Systems

In the most recent edition of our Architect newsletter, we addressed the dilemma architects often face when combining innovation with comfort in their designs. The solution: Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems. VRF zoning technology opens the doors to limitless design possibilities and allows architects to strike that perfect balance between extraordinary design and optimal comfort. Here are some of the reasons why:

July 22_Why Architects Love ME VRF-Ductless Technologies ImageSpace-saving Interior Design: Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning systems allow you to reclaim up to 10 percent of the space that would otherwise be sacrificed with conventional HVAC systems, leaving more room for design creativity. Turner Construction Company decided our VRF zoning system was ideally suited for its 13,000-square-foot office, which had been retrofitted from an old mattress factory built before air conditioning existed.

Engineered to Handle Any Job: Whether the space is large or small, a single floor or an entire building, VRF zoning systems can meet almost any design need. For instance, our systems have been used in all types of buildings, from the 9,212-square-foot LeyVa Middle School Administration Building to the luxurious Hotel Wilshire, a 74-room boutique hotel that incorporated our system into its design as it strived to achieve a LEED® Silver certification. In both these applications, the buildings benefitted from energy efficiency and exceptional zoned comfort.

Outdoor Aesthetics: The outdoor units of the VRF zoning systems have a small footprint and are lightweight. They can be placed in various locations depending on available space and visibility requirements. For the historic Muscatine County Courthouse, our compact VRF zoning system helped preserve the classic lines and grandeur of this 1907 Beaux Arts style courthouse.

For more reasons why VRF zoning systems and architects are the perfect match, click here to read the Architect newsletter.

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