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March 24, 2016, 9:00 am

Zoned Comfort Solutions in a Limited Rental Market

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In predicting the trends of the housing market for 2016, the Washington Post expects that, “for renters, 2016 will be a difficult year.” Specifically, it focuses on millennials – who are driving builders toward multifamily projects and apartment buildings, but also of empty-nesters – baby boomers whose millennial children have moved out and who are now scaling back in retirement.

Having both millennials and boomers in the market has created an inverse relationship resulting in a dramatically reduced supply. The Washington Post also notes that “builders have been slow to increase construction of new single-family homes,” which limits that supply further. Instead, what seems to be happening, writes Time magazine, is that investors are buying larger homes foregone by empty-nesters and renovating them to become multifamily rental spaces.

Though millennials will still have to delay becoming homeowners, the benefit is an exponential increase in rental space for all. For the building industry, the expansion of single-family homes into multifamily apartments means a need for energy-efficient, sustainable cooling and heating options. Installing zoned comfort solutions gives each family in these developments individual, personalized zones. This means that for renters who have limited options, more cost-efficient rental spaces are opening up.

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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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February 19, 2016, 9:00 am

The Need to Go Green in a Costly Housing Market

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With the 2016 Primary Season in full swing, Joel Kotkin of The Daily Beast wrote Monday morning that the cost of housing has gone largely unmentioned among policy issues. Citing a study from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy, Kotkin argues that, “In 2015, the rise in housing costs essentially swallowed savings gains made elsewhere, notably, savings on the cost of energy.” In November of last year, Nielsen identified sustainability1 as a “shopping priority” for millennials, even to the point that they would pay extra for that sustainability. For presidential hopefuls, recognizing the impact of environmental demands on the needs of our country’s next generation of homeowners is a must, but acting on that information takes time.

What we in the industry can do is much more immediate and impactful. We wrote last week of the practicality of carbon-neutrality, but beyond that our ductless systems were among the first of their kind in the United States and have always worked toward energy efficiency. By minimizing the size of our units without sacrificing output, and by making personalized control more readily available, our systems can help reduce energy consumption. This curbs energy costs and makes our products ideal for the millennial consumer, while also easily adapting to future economic and environmental trends.

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February 12, 2016, 9:00 am

Mitsubishi Electric Earns Masters in Motivation Award

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INCENTIVE magazine’s Motivation Masters Awards recognize the most effective incentive programs throughout the year. We are proud to announce that our Ductless Rewards program was recognized with this year’s Channel Sales honor.

Running through the fall, our goal with Ductless Rewards was to motivate the sale of ductless systems, with the more deliberate intention of inspiring professionals who may not have used our products previously. Our South business unit marketing manager, Leah Montgomery, said, “We were trying to think of ways to motivate contractors to quote [our systems] on every job.”

Among those who have worked with us in the past, many had not taken part in our Diamond Contractor™ program. By partnering with another Georgia company – Incentive Solutions – we were able to bring awareness of these programs to our friends – new and old.

Check out some of the other Motivation Masters that inspired in 2015.

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February 10, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Wyebrook Farm

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Rural Pennsylvania is known for its beautiful countryside, so when Dean Carlson – a former Wall Street bond trader – decided to convert Honey Brook’s Wyebrook Farm to a sustainable restaurant, his focus was on aesthetics. Carson selected a 230-year-old stone barn and chose our S-Series system and Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilator to keep it comfortable. This combination allowed the restoration to have an 18th-century look, with a 20th-century feel.

Keeping in theme with the pastoral surroundings, the goal was to retain the farmhouse look by keeping mechanical systems discreet. Rich Nolan – the project’s designer – said of Carlson’s vision: “They didn’t want ductwork hanging across the restaurant; and you don’t want to be at dinner eating a grass-fed piece of beef and have the compressor kick on.”

Our system avoided all of this. Minimally invasive piping would allow the old building to live a second life without renovating the façade. Further, a building that had never needed any HVAC system would keep the appearance it always had, without obtrusive ductwork, and the restaurant would be sustainable both in the food it served as well as its independence from fossil fuels. As a result, the restaurant has received two awards for Nolan’s work and Carlson’s vision.

To read more about Wyebrook Farm, check out the case study.

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January 8, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Garland DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

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For homebuilder Steve Brown, working around the renovation constraints of a 51-year-old home in Garland, Texas, proved as overwhelming as some good ol’ Texas heat. Nevertheless, Brown pushed that challenge further – seeking to create a home so energy-efficient that a renewable energy system could offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. What resulted was the country’s first “deep rehab” home to earn certification from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. We’re excited to say that our technology helped make it possible.

Brown described the layout of the house as “static” and “closed-off.” Since natural airflow was stifled, in-home comfort was entirely left to the HVAC system. Brown said, “Mitsubishi [Electric] is whisper-quiet and it has a good circulation pattern. We’re getting a throw of 20 feet.” The fact that our system was “whisper-quiet” was a particularly important factor. Brown said, “We’d used Daikin before but the blowers are a little loud.”

The final product in Garland is unmatched. While neighbors have paid upward of $400 per month for electricity, homeowner Bonnie Sanchez has spent an average of $102 – and as low as $37. We’re thrilled (but of course not surprised) to see such savings, and honored that our technology was selected to show what the ZERH program can accomplish.

Read the full case study for more details.

November 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Hollis Montessori School

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In any school, the first priority is the students. At Hollis Montessori School (Hollis Montessori), in Hollis, New Hampshire, that philosophy extends to the classroom. Redesigned around our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) system, Hollis became the country’s first certified Passive House independent school. Our zoned comfort solutions provided a healthy environment and saved on cost – all without sacrificing aesthetics.

Our H2i system helps to handle the extreme fluctuations in northeast weather – from hot and humid to cold and dry. With class out for the summer and the schoolrooms unoccupied, increased humidity can prove costly. Architect David Ely said, “With no systems running…humidity can build up [causing] floor boards [to] warp. We’re mitigating that by running these units on a low setting, offering dehumidification.” Conversely, harsh winters are met with our system’s impressive functionality down to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s a pretty good deal given what energy consultant Jordan Goldman said: “It cost us about 10 percent more to put in passive design, but we expect a payback of just three years.” Indeed, Hollis Montessori now saves 85 percent of what comparable schools spend on energy.

For more on Hollis Montessori School read here.

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November 12, 2015, 12:25 pm

Another Ductless System for Another ‘Blog Cabin’

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© 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC

The grand prize in this year’s DIY Network Blog Cabin™ Giveaway was a masterful 1970s home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Twenty-three million people entered for a chance to call this ‘Blog Cabin’ home, but it is Albert Zaranka and his wife Ellen who will enjoy the comfort and breathtaking views of this hilltop property.

Builder and design manager Dylan Eastman kept what was salvageable of the original one-story ranch – the foundation and the concrete walls, which he wanted to keep exposed. There were two challenges when it came to the HVAC: the cold, concrete interior and the Upper Northwest climate. Our M-Series Hyper-Heat system offered the solution. Zoned cooling and heating affords the Zarankas personalized comfort in each area of their now multi-level home. Our high performing heat pump will deliver that comfort even in Idaho’s sub-zero winter nights.

This is the third consecutive year we have sponsored the Giveaway. In 2013, our M-Series system helped transform an 1890s rundown home into an awe-inspiring waterfront property in Atlantic, North Carolina. In 2014, it was used in the renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Lake Hamilton, Florida.  Each year, Eastman and his team have turned houses that no one wants into homes millions desire – and we’re proud to have been a part of it.

Got a good transformation story? Share in a comment below!

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October 14, 2015, 12:23 pm

Project Profile: View Haus 5

Tadashi Shiga, principal, Evergreen Certified, Seattle, described View Haus 5 as “the now and the future of HVAC.” Recent industry recognition supports that: View Haus 5 is the Seattle area’s first Passive House-certified multifamily building and winner of the Passive House International US Completion Award, which honors the country’s best Passive projects.

Bradley Khouri, principal and founder, b9 architects, Seattle, designed the sustainable community. The five 1,100- to 1,700-square-foot homes feature century-old, reclaimed barn wood; LED lighting; walls over a foot thick; zero-VOC paints; airtight, tilt-turn windows – and our ductless multizone comfort systems.

“We needed the most efficient HVAC system out there,” said Sloan Ritchie, president and founder of Cascade Built. Our ductless system had a low enough load, a small enough footprint and high enough efficiencies to earn View Haus 5 multiple energy-focused certifications, including Passive House. Khouri said our systems are “great for uses like this because of their small size. And they provide incredible performance for such a small device.”

There’s even more proof in the pudding: One of the homes, a 1,431-square-foot unit, has a HERS Index of 47 and an annual energy cost of just $63 – an energy expenditure a tenth of its non-Passive neighbors.

Read more about the award-winning project.

October 13, 2015, 2:57 pm

Bob Vila on Common Comfort Complaints

Hot and cold spots, unnecessary energy use and obstructed views are common HVAC complaints. We’ve teamed up with Bob Vila and his crew to educate homeowners on a solution that solves it all: ductless HVAC.

The first two posts of the 10-part series on BobVila.com focused on the engineering behind the technology. Posts 3, 4 and 5 address those all-too-familiar annoyances. Here’s an overview of each, so you know which posts to share with your customers.

5 Overlooked Ways to Cool Down a Hot Room
Many homeowners’ rooms just won’t get thermally comfortable. Some homeowners try to cope; others try wasteful, ineffective space heaters and window units. Our ductless system is the lasting solution. It continuously monitors a space and automatically adjusts to deliver year-round comfort efficiently and effectively.

Save Money and Live Better with Multizone HVAC
Central HVAC is inherently wasteful. It forces homeowners to cool or heat unoccupied spaces. Ductless gives homeowners more control. They can adjust the temperature on the first floor when they go to bed and turn units off in their children’s room when they go to college. As the Bob Vila team says, ductless systems “are able to adapt to how people actually live.”

The Best Alternative to a Window Air Conditioner
Window units are loud and unattractive. Ductless systems, however, are ultra-quiet and nonintrusive. Our indoor units operate as low as 19 dB(A) – quieter than a whisper. And while there’s only one way to install a window unit, there’s plenty of ways to install ductless. Mount an indoor unit on the wall, floor or ceiling. Install outdoor units out of sight – camouflaged within landscaping or hidden beneath a deck, for example.

What customer complaint has ductless solved for you? Let us know in a comment below!

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