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July 19, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: St. Patrick Catholic Church

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Since its inception, St. Patrick Catholic Church (St. Patrick’s) in Lake Forest, Illinois, has been a place for the community to gather. As the Lake Forest community grew over time, the 3,900-square-foot building underwent several structural renovations to accommodate new members and guests. In 2016, after tolerating many years without air conditioning, the church installed a new HVAC system in an effort to make the space more comfortable for the large congregation. It turned to our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology.

Gianfranco Isaia, the church’s facilities and construction manager, said the church was able to bear the winter weather with boilers in the basement, but when it came to the humid summers in Illinois, St. Patrick’s didn’t have air conditioning to create a comfortable environment.

Isaia contacted John Domenz, vice president, North Town Mechanical Services, Roselle, Illinois. Domenz recommended our VRF because of its minimal piping, small equipment footprint and superior performance. He said, “We could install Mitsubishi Electric units in the space without damaging the building’s architecture. We’ve used Mitsubishi Electric products on several other projects in the past, and we’re always sold on the reliability of the systems.”

Upon Isaia’s agreement, installation began. Since completion, the experience has been very positive for St. Patrick’s. Isaia said, “When we unveiled the renovation, including the new [HVAC] units, over 150 people turned out. I had plenty of people come up to me and say how comfortable it was in the church. Since, I have not heard one person say they are a nuisance or obtrusive. And the units are cooling down the building in several minutes during the hot days. The temperature will drop by 10 degrees in less than 4 minutes.”

To read more about St. Patrick’s experience with VRF, check out the case study here.


Don’t miss Chicago area’s GreenBuilt Home Tour

Do you call the Chicago metropolitan area home? If so, check out the 2017 GreenBuilt Home Tour, July 22 – 23! You’ll have a chance to visit 11 different homes in the northern Illinois area, including four with our systems playing a key role. All homes on the tour are third-party verified by programs such as ENERGY STAR® for Homes, LEED® for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, GreenStar and Passivhaus Institut – EnerPHit. We’re excited and honored to be a sponsor of the fifth annual tour. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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May 31, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Ishpeming Housing Commission

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Over the last few years, the average age of residents at the Ishpeming Housing Commission has increased. Residents of this 88-unit, 67,750-square-foot apartment building in Ishpeming, Michigan, used to move in during their 60s and 70s. Now, they move in during their 80s and 90s. The older residents required better indoor air quality, so a recent renovation was needed to bring modern-day air conditioning to the 1960s facility. Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was selected for its easy installation and reliable comfort.

Evelyn Valente-Heikkila, the facility’s executive director/manager, noted, “the people living here now have a lot of breathing problems. The last few summers have gotten very humid, and when it’s so hot and humid, ceiling fans just do not do the job. Our residents can’t breathe.” With the need for cooling and healthy air established, the search for a solution began.

Traditional technology was not an option. “Each apartment is basically a concrete cubicle, so plumbing for a/c would have been very difficult,” said Valente-Heikkila. Window units were nixed for their aesthetics. Then Valente-Heikkila saw a TV ad for zoned technology. She went online, did some research, and was amazed to discover how well VRF would solve her challenge.

After a quick installation, the system was up and running. Valente-Heikkila said, “We’ve been very satisfied and the residents were so happy to get air conditioning. I haven’t found one resident who doesn’t like it!”

To read more about the project’s easy and effective installation, check out the case study here.

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December 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Brannon Gardens

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Brannon Gardens is a newly built community in the suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, offering customizable, ranch-style homes. As residents began to move in, several complained about experiencing thermal discomfort on the bedroom level. The cause: ineffective traditional HVAC. The entire community – some already built, some just spec’d – would need to find a solution to address the zoning issues. That solution: our Zoned Comfort Solutions.

William Richmond, owner and president, Richmond Mechanical, Inc., Lexington, worked with the home builder to fix the airflow issue. Richmond came to the conclusion that dampers would not solve anything and adding a second HVAC system wasn’t practical. The project team took interest in our systems’ INVERTER technology, among many other features and benefits. For Richmond, the answer was clear: “I researched all of the brands. Mitsubishi [Electric] is the only one that goes to 13 below zero. It’s the only one that has a 3-ton air handler you can put ducts on and run to multiple rooms.”

With our Zoned Comfort Solutions, residents of the Brannon Gardens community can now achieve comfort in all parts of their homes at a lower cost of operation. Many residents are also using our kumo cloud programmable controller app, which allows them to control their indoor units remotely over their smartphone, tablet or computer.

To learn about Brannon Gardens, which will build another 200+ homes in the next four years, outfitted exclusively with our cooling and heating systems, read the entire case study here.

December 1, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: David Whitney Building

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In recent years, there has been an effort in Detroit to restore the city’s historic downtown area. This rehabilitation included the David Whitney Building (David Whitney), which sat vacant for 15 years prior to its recent renovation. The mixed-use building now offers luxury residences, the Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney (Aloft), a restaurant and a bar.

A challenging, yet essential component of the David Whitney’s restoration, was selecting an HVAC system that could meet the 100-year-old building’s needs. The new system needed to serve the large space without disrupting any of its historic charm.

During the planning stages, developer Vince Dattilo, vice president of construction and project management, Roxbury Group, Detroit, and his team were concerned with the high cost and feasibility of running ductwork. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was appealing for its avoidance of this issue, as well as its impressive efficiency and reliability. Energy modeling supported VRF as the best option: Going with VRF would bring the original $6.8 million estimate for a forced-air system down to $5 million.

The project team selected VRF from Mitsubishi Electric. In addition to solving the need for low utility costs, Mitsubishi Electric’s indoor units’ clean design contributed to maintaining the building’s architectural integrity. Further, both guests and employees of Aloft appreciate the system’s high level of consistency and ability to provide personalized comfort in each individual room. Scott Mondock, Aloft’s director of engineering, called Mitsubishi Electric VRF “probably one of the best systems I’ve ever had a chance to work with.”

To learn more about how the David Whitney restoration has served as a catalyst for continued city of Detroit restoration, read the case study here.

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June 23, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile – Bonobo Winery

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When it comes to wineries, comfort can be dramatically different from room to room. This was a challenge for brothers Todd and Carter Oosterhouse, the latter of shows like TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and HGTV’s “Carter Can.” The Oosterhouses selected our zoned comfort solutions to condition a variety of spaces at their new Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, Michigan, including the barrel room, office space and hallways. Todd noted that, “Our winemaker likes to keep everything cold, so it’s been helpful that the units maintain the desired temperature for us. You can raise the temperature in individual offices, though, if someone wants it warmer. Not everyone likes it so cold!” Our zoned comfort solutions have made handling each of Bonobo’s zones possible.

In conceiving, opening and running the winery, the Oosterhouse brothers’ focus beyond just making Bonobo a pleasant destination for visitors was “to be as energy-conscious as possible through the whole project,” said Todd. This concern was not just a product of the brothers’ upbringing, but being in environmentally conscious California. Todd, Carter and Carter’s wife, Amy Smart, fully-embrace the environmental goals of their home state, so “mini-splits just made sense.”

Pat Harrison, estimator, Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, Traverse City, recommended our system to meet the Oosterhouses’ needs, because he knew that it would be reliable. Harrison said, “Mitsubishi [Electric] product is our No. 1 product for split systems. The reason is performance – fewer callbacks.” Todd agreed, saying, “The Mitsubishi [Electric] system was right in line with our energy-conscious goals. So we went for it. And, happy to say, the installation was pretty seamless.”

To read more about Bonobo Winery, check out the case study.

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March 22, 2016, 12:00 pm

Highlights From the 2016 Diamond Partners Conference

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We are holding our 2016 Diamond Partners Conference at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the weekend of March 19 – 22. More than 350 distributors, employees and guests are gathering in preparation of our new fiscal year.

Participants over the weekend have had the opportunity to hear a number of guest speakers and presenters, including former Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff and Metrostudy’s senior director of insights, Toby Morrison. These presentations have run the gamut from new technology applications to product development and marketing strategies, with an eye toward developing trends in 2016.

We have also presented a number of awards to our partners from each of our business units, including the Diamond Partners with Crowning Achievement and Design Excellence awards. Be sure to keep reading as we profile each of these award recipients on our blog over the coming months.

February 23, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Drummond Island Medical Center

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Pressed against the Canadian border, Drummond Island, Michigan, has a population of slightly more than 1,000 people, which means their demands on space and infrastructure are equally small. With such irregular use, a few multi-use buildings make more sense than many sprawling, single-use buildings. Such was the Drummond Island Medical Center, which houses x-ray and therapy rooms, as well as clinical offices and a dental office, where our M-Series systems were installed to provide targeted comfort when needed.

Because the medical center served so many functions, some facilities were often used far more than others. Chairman of the Medical Center Board, Anne Stadler, said of the 60-year-old facility, “It was important for us to be able to turn the temperature down or up in individual rooms. The dentist is here just two times a month, so there’s no need to heat her office if she’s not there.” Selecting our zoned solutions offered patients and staff personalized comfort while using energy only as necessary.

Stadler’s other focus was to select a system that would save on cost and have a small footprint. Our system did this as well, saving the medical center as much as $6,000 in rebates, and the units are so small and quiet that the patients can hardly recognize from where the comfortable air is coming.

To read more about the Drummond Island Medical Center, check out the case study.

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December 14, 2015, 2:34 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Sister Joyce Hollkamp



The Sisters of St. Joseph (Sisters), Third Order of St. Francis, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, had three goals when renovating their circa 1925 building: cut energy costs, go green and expand individual comfort and control. To do this, the Sisters replaced their boiler system with our WR2- and R2-Series VRF systems. The result: a 74 percent reduction in energy usage and $80,000 a year in savings.

Watch Sister Joyce Hollkamp reflect on VRF’s benefits in the below video, and read more about the project.

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October 1, 2015, 5:24 pm

Look for Us on NBC TV!

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Emmy Award-winning TV host George Oliphant and a team of contractors and designers are “helping families one home at a time.” In the October 3 episode of “George to the Rescue,” we join George and crew in transforming one home and the lives of one family in need.

Each episode of the NBC TV special project follows the renovation of a home in the Tri-State area. The upcoming episode shows how our ductless system improves the comfort of a single-family home in Queens, New York.

“George to the Rescue” is broadcasted by NBC affiliate stations in 10 of the largest TV markets nationwide: Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington. Check your local listings to catch the airing this weekend or watch the episode online afterwards.

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August 13, 2015, 2:14 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Bill and Pam Kirby

Bill and Pam Kirby were interested in selling their Wilmette, Illinois home. They remodeled the home with the latest bells and whistles to appeal to prospective home buyers. When it came to updating the HVAC system, Bill and Pam wanted it to be high-performing, efficient, capable of being controlled remotely and zoned for different areas of the home. Our system was a perfect fit.

 

Watch the video below to hear Pam, a real estate agent, explain how our ductless system maximizes their home’s appeal. Hear how it fits their needs while they’re still living in the home.

 

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