Posts tagged ‘Central BU’

July 7, 2015, 10:45 am

Featured on PowerHouse TV: “Building in Comfort”

We teamed up with Alliant Energy in April to inform homeowners about our energy-, cost- and space-saving HVAC solution. We recently got together again to show how any homeowner can experience the benefits of our ductless systems.

Whatever the job calls for – a single-room application or a whole-home solution – our ductless systems will deliver. Watch the PowerHouse segment below to learn more:

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April 9, 2015, 12:35 pm

ME on PowerHouse TV

Window A/C units, oil furnaces, boilers and forced-air systems have one thing in common: they just don’t do the job anymore. We still see them in homes today because many homeowners do not know there’s a better option out there. The Central BU recently teamed up with Alliant Energy to change that.

In a PowerHouse episode, one of our area sales managers, Andy Senti, and Contractor Tim Stecklein of Colony Heating and Air Conditioning, explain how ductless solves a laundry list of HVAC challenges – both for homeowners who use them and contractors who install them.

Check out the 6-minute segment below to hear what they say separates our technology from the rest of the ductless HVAC pack.

February 26, 2015, 11:49 am

Diamond Contractor™ News: Thriving Illinois Contractor Named Leading Contractor

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Throughout the year, Contracting Business spotlights extraordinary HVAC contractors and the products, tools and services that make the contractors and their companies successful. We are pleased that one of our Diamond Contractors, Chappel’s Heating & Cooling, Carol Stream, Illinois, was recently picked as the leading HVAC contractor, listing Mitsubishi Electric as one of its preferred cooling and heating equipment brands. The company also listed our distributor Gustave A. Larson as a preferred distributor.

We take pride in providing products and tools that make contractors’ lives easier and keep their businesses thriving. Click here to read the Contracting Business article to learn more about Chappel’s Heating and Cooling’s success.

February 11, 2015, 9:51 am

Consumer Testimonial: Audrey Bromberger & John Birmingham

Audrey and John had their sights set on retirement and began updating their 1910 home in La Grange Park, Illinois to appeal to potential buyers. The 5-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot space never had air conditioning so installing a cooling and heating system was at the top of the list.

Watch the video below to hear why the homeowners chose our ductless system to provide the comfort they’d been missing. Click here for the case study to learn more about the installation.

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July 23, 2014, 12:36 pm

Project Profile: Doan Classroom Apartments

The Victorian-era Doan School was once a historic landmark in Cleveland, Ohio, but by 2008, it sat abandoned and boarded. An Ohio non-profit affordable housing developer decided to do something about it.

The Famicos Foundation (Famicos) decided the vacant building would be an ideal space for affordable senior housing, but the team faced some challenges. The 100-year-old roof allowed water into the building and had to be completely renovated. The building’s ancient boilers and air-conditioning units needed to be removed. What’s more, Famicos wanted to convert the Doan School into an apartment building that would meet Cleveland’s high green building standards.

To solve these challenges, Famicos’ project manager, Mike Bier, reached out to Cleveland-based architecture firm, City Architecture, and mechanical engineer Joe Denk, Denk Associates. Denk found that the answer to these challenges was our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system. “For this historically-demanding installation, the Mitsubishi Electric VRF engineering solved a host of problems,” Denk said.

Famicos was pleased with the system’s performance. “A VRF zoning system was ideal for the adaptive reuse of the Doan School because the units are nonintrusive, reliable, simple to install and extremely quiet. We have not had a single complaint,” said Bier.

Our VRF zoning system also helped the building earn an Enterprise Green Communities certification along with an $8,000 rebate from Cleveland Public Power’s Efficiency Smart program.

Click here to learn more about the Doan School’s renovation and transformation into the Doan Apartments.

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March 5, 2014, 9:57 am

Project Profile: Turner Construction Company New Headquarters

When Turner Construction Company, one of the largest general builders in the United States, wanted to move its headquarters to a downtown Columbus location, it selected an early 20th century 30,000-square-foot factory space. Turner wanted to keep the historic elements of the space intact and set their sights on LEED®-Silver for the adaptive reuse project.

The original building was constructed before air conditioning was invented and there was no room for a typical mechanical room. The Turner team selected our VRF zoning system because its compact compressors and system components required less piping and used minimal space when compared to other HVAC options. Turner employees were impressed with the system. “They were surprised that someone could stand a few feet beneath an indoor unit and not hear it operating,” said Frank Hartley, project manager, Columbus-based Dynamix Engineering Ltd., who specified the system for this project.

“The selection of this VRF zoning system made me a believer,” stated Scott Blair, Turner’s mechanical estimator. Our system helped Turner exceed its LEED expectations with the project earning Gold certification. “At Turner, we are recognized for our pioneering work in the green building movement. The thing that makes me happy is we proved that it is possible to bring century-old spaces up to 21st-century standards. This state-of-the-art VRF technology is ideal for an office environment,” said Blair.

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November 18, 2013, 5:20 pm

Project Profile: Lema Passive House

Like so many homebuyers today, Chicago residents Corinna and Rodrigo Lema dreamt of a home that would represent their lifestyles and interests, which in their case meant one that would incorporate the best practices of green living. After walking through several homes, nothing they saw came close enough to meeting their needs, so they decided to build a house that would.

The Lemas reached out to Oak Park, Ill., architect and certified Passive House consultant Tom Bassett-Dilley, AIA, whose mission to create architectural solutions and sustainability was ideal for the job at hand. At their initial meeting, Bassett-Dilley convinced the couple that a Passive House design would best meet their desire for an energy-efficient, sustainable home.

Passive House standards require a 90 percent reduction in energy use for heating, which presented a challenge as Chicago is known for having harsh winters. In order to keep energy usages at a minimum but provide a comfortable indoor environment for the family, Bassett-Dilley selected our M-Series system as the home’s HVAC solution. The variable speed capabilities and minimum Btu/h capacities of our Hyper-Heat (H2i®) technology perfectly complement the minuscule cooling and heating demands of a Passive House and eliminate the expense of adding a supplemental heating system often necessary for homes in Chicago’s frigid winters. Arguably what’s most impressive is the fact that only two indoor units are needed to heat the entire 3,800-square-foot home.

Our ductless system provides the Lemas with the healthy, comfortable, efficient and sustainable home that they’ve always wanted. And, as the cherry on top, our comfort solution helped the Lemas’ Passive House achieve the energy reduction goals and become the first home in the Chicago area to receive Passive House certification.

To view the complete case study, click here.

August 15, 2013, 2:57 pm

Project Profile: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Founded in 1809, Miami University of Ohio (Miami) is the 10th oldest public university in the country. When Miami decided to develop a plan to grow its campus and shrink energy costs, renovating its two oldest buildings, Elliott Hall and Stoddard Hall, became the top priority. Another aspect of the plan was to end on-campus coal burning by 2025, which sparked the search for a cooling and heating replacement for the two halls.

Doug Hammerle, director of energy systems at Miami, knew that a geothermal system was the way to go. Because temperatures underground in Ohio stay relatively constant over the year, the geothermal well fields remain at a steady temperature, maximizing energy savings.

When Hammerle presented the school’s plan to nearby Cincinnati distributor Habegger Corporation, Brian Isaacs, director of corporate sales at Habegger, immediately knew what system would be ideal for the halls. Having read that modular water-source systems were the industry’s most advanced technology to partner with existing geothermal loops, Isaacs recommended that the university install our water-source VRF zoning systems.

Our systems replaced the existing boiler/chiller system for the two buildings. Accessible mechanical rooms in the attic of each hall now house three heat pumps and a centralized controller. Custom wood cabinets encase the indoor units to preserve the historic architecture of the halls’ interiors. Most importantly, the new VRF zoning systems allowed for a 61 percent decrease in energy usage, making the two oldest buildings now the most energy-efficient on campus.

“Renovation of any historic building is a complex undertaking requiring a balance between the original architecture and modern building systems,” said Alec R. Carnes, senior principal at the project’s mechanical engineering firm, Heapy Engineering, Dayton, Ohio. “Mitsubishi Electric’s superior VRF engineering allowed us to preserve this historic architecture and control energy efficiency, two goals important to Miami University.”

To read the full case study, click here.

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