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November 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: St. Ignatius Loyola School

Photo: Scott Pease/Pease Photography, 2015

St. Ignatius Loyola School, Cincinnati, is the largest private school in the state. Since its original structure dates back to the 1950s, many of the classrooms did not have air conditioning, making the warmer months unbearable. In the winter, the school’s low-pressure boiler consumed a lot of gas, and in turn, cost a lot of money to run adequately. With over 1,000 K-8 students enrolled, the school’s HVAC system needed an upgrade in both comfort and efficiency.

The new system needed to meet three objectives: flexible design, easy maintenance and improved controls for cost savings. Tim Schweikert, the school’s physical plant manager, liked Mitsubishi Electric’s Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology because it offered quiet operation and efficiency. As the only two-pipe VRF system, it would also allow for flexible design for a space-constrained building.

According to Schweikert, the VRF system has exceeded expectations: “When we compare our utility bill to the one from last year, it’s about the same. Keep in mind that we didn’t have air conditioning before and that this new bill includes at least 12 weeks of air conditioning. So it’s like we got free air conditioning.”

In addition to the school’s new cooling capabilities, the system has also performed well during one of Cincinnati’s coldest winters in 15 years. Despite temperatures dropping well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the system kept up, providing exceptional comfort.

To learn more about the benefits of VRF in St. Ignatius Loyola School, be sure to check out the case study here.

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June 11, 2015, 10:18 am

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Greener Side

Educational facilities across the country are going green. Recycling clubs, organic gardens, green roofs and sustainable dining programs are becoming campus staples. More and more institutions are adopting environmentally conscious practices and technologies for a simple reason: to minimize operational costs in order to maximize the educational experience.

Here are some of the ways that sustainable HVAC solutions benefit educational facilities:

  1. Cost Savings. When school is in session, cooling and heating systems provide a comfortable learning environment. When school is not in session, the systems safeguard the building from the damaging effects from extreme heat, freezing temperatures and excessive humidity. With an energy-efficient HVAC system, all of this is done at a reduced cost. When Falmouth Elementary School, Stafford, Virginia, installed our VRF zoning systems, their operating costs decreased by 40 percent and their energy costs fell by 25 percent – a savings of $70,000 per year.

  2. Utility Rebates. Many utility companies offer financial incentives for purchasing qualified energy-efficient systems. Our VRF solutions have contributed to astounding utility rebates for a number of commercial projects – Towson City Center got back $421,999; Union Mill, $164,258; 909 Kapiolani, $70,000; Residence Inn® by Marriott®, $27,000.

  3. Tax Incentives. The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D) is a deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for companies designing or renovating energy-efficient buildings for the government. Participating schools have received free energy assessments and been able to offer designers and contractors a potential tax deduction for their sustainable design solutions.

The Hollis Montessori School, Hollis, New Hampshire, is a good model for how an educational facility can improve energy efficiency with an environmentally friendly HVAC solution and, in turn, improve its students’ educational experience. Our H2i® system creates not only a healthy environment in which the students can learn but an unparalleled academic experience. Teachers incorporate the building’s energy usage into lessons and students are encouraged to interact with the system’s monitoring equipment. As far as the savings go, Hollis Montessori School’s annual electricity bill is just $4,500 – an 85 percent energy savings, says the school’s energy consultant. The school has an even bigger achievement to tout – it’s the first independent school in the country to earn Passive House certification.

November 22, 2013, 11:14 am

Author Weldon Long Hosts In-Home Selling Seminar in Boston

As part of a robust new initiative to support the development of our contractors’ businesses, we’re partnering with New York Times best-selling author and HVAC sales expert Weldon Long to bring an exciting educational opportunity to our Diamond Contractors.

Weldon Long

Weldon Long

The In-Home Selling Seminar Program kicked off this week with its first two-day event in Boston. Long led the seminar, which aimed to accomplish the following:

  • Create the proper mindset necessary to excel in Mitsubishi Electric ductless sales and business.
  • Investigate homeowners’ comfort and efficiency problems and gain their permission to recommend Mitsubishi Electric ductless home comfort solutions.

Long is the perfect spokesperson for this seminar because he is unique familiarity with the HVAC sales process. In 2003, he walked out of prison and built a residential HVAC company worth $0 to $20,000,000 in just 60 months. In 2009, his company was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses.” Weldon is here to share the secrets to his success.

The seminar will also take place in the coming months in Philadelphia, New York City and Buffalo. To learn more about the In-Home Selling Seminar Program, contact your Business Unit Administrator or Mitsubishi Electric sales representative.

The seminar is open to Diamond Contractors that have been handpicked by their distributors. If you have any questions, contact

June 24, 2013, 1:42 pm

Project Profile: LeyVa Middle School, San Jose, Calif.

First Net Zero Energy Public School Building in California

The Evergreen School District in San Jose chose Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning systems to get to net zero and save $9,000 annually in energy costs.

When the George V. LeyVa Middle School needed a new administration building, architect John Diffenderfer, principal at Aedis Architecture & Planning, received a call from the superintendent of the Evergreen School District, requesting a team of local architects and engineers who specialize in sustainable building practices. For LeyVa, the goal was to design an advanced energy-plus building that would not only provide comfort, but also cut down on costs for the school district.

Diffenderfer encouraged the administration to select efficient VRF zoning systems to cool and heat the new building, reminding school officials that the severe economic trouble of the past few years had produced a revenue crisis for California schools. Noting that utility expenses are one of the last line items school administrations can directly control, he said, “Creative thinking is desperately required, and we should make this installation a de facto standard for all Evergreen schools.”

The administration listened and gave the green light to install our systems. These Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning systems help the building operate at 41 percent higher efficiency than required by California’s Energy Code (Title 24), while generating up to 8 percent surplus energy.

To see the full case study, click here.

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