Posts tagged ‘energy-efficient’

November 29, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Northstone Development

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Energy efficient technologies are understood to be better for the environment in the long term, but they can also be immediately practical when building affordable and comfortable housing.

Last year, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley (Habitat Catawba) in Hickory, North Carolina demonstrated this as part of its development of Northstone – an 18-unit neighborhood for Habitat Catawba families and market-rate residential buyers. While all the homes meet energy-efficiency standards, the first two homes built received the first Zero Energy Ready Home certifications in the state of North Carolina. This certification was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and ensures each home given this status offers a cost-effective, high performance package of energy savings, comfort, health and durability unparalleled in today’s marketplace.

To achieve this certification, Habitat Catawba selected highly efficient technologies, including Zoned Comfort Solutions™ from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric). This decision allowed the homeowners to qualify for rebates through local engineering services firm, Advanced Energy, Raleigh, North Carolina, and utility company, Duke Energy, Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We made a commitment to the entire neighborhood to offer affordable housing all the way through – from the energy efficiency of the homes to the long-term sustainability of the technology,” noted Mitzi Gellman, executive director, Habitat Catawba.

Since the homes have been occupied, residents feel both comfortable and happy with their additional energy savings. Gellman said selecting the Mitsubishi Electric systems for Northstone helped Habitat Catawba achieve its ultimate goal – providing families comfort at an affordable price. “We’re working with families where saving $40 to $60 a month improves their quality of life. The units help them achieve a better lifestyle.”

To learn more about this project, read the case study here.

November 22, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Hicks and Nesbitt Residence

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Last year, Joel Hicks and Megan Nesbitt bought a historic 4,000-square-foot brick house in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The house was built in 1895, and after a few months in the home, the couple realized their outdated boiler system couldn’t handle the cold weather. Within a five-week period, the boiler had burned through $650 worth of fuel oil, causing Hicks and Nesbitt to immediately search for a new system. After much research and consideration, the couple selected Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology from our Zoned Comfort Solutions™.

“We certainly wanted an energy-efficient system because the boiler was inefficient, but we also had no cooling capacity. Convection airflow wasn’t going to make the house comfortable on the hottest day,” said Hicks. Along with efficiency, a system that could provide year-round comfort and pay homage to the historic property were high priorities.

The couple worked with John Ake and Scott Wallick from Zimmerman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. As Elite Diamond Contractors™ for Mitsubishi Electric, Ake and Wallick believed that Zoned Comfort Solutions were the only zoned systems up for the challenge. Ake said, “We feel that Mitsubishi Electric offers a superior product in comparison to competitors in performance, reliability and warranty. We don’t get callbacks on them.”

Since the install, the couple has been more than pleased with the zoning abilities. Hicks said, “For the two of us in such a large home, it’s a perfect system. It’s reliable and offers the energy savings that we wanted. There are no surprises with this system.”

To control the comfort of their home and save even more energy, Hicks and Nesbitt invested in kumo cloud™, the programmable controller app by Mitsubishi Electric. “It’s simple to use, it’s intuitive and very convenient for us. I really like how you don’t have to hit 28 different screens to change the temperature in the kitchen,” noted Hicks.

To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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July 15, 2014, 4:45 pm

Boston magazine’s 2014 Design Home Goes Green

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Boston magazine teams up with countless manufacturers each year to create a home that showcases the latest products and cutting-edge technologies available in home design. This year, we’re proud to announce that we’re a part of the publication’s 10th Design Home, and its first ever single-family net zero energy home.

Each home has a distinctive style and is built in a new location, stretching from north of Boston to the South Shore and even to MetroWest. This year’s home, located in Salisbury, Massachusetts, will provide homeowners with an inside look at smart design and first-hand experience with state-of-the-art products that help achieve its net zero energy goals.

The 2,400-square-foot home will include our energy-efficient ductless zoning system, complete with two outdoor units and five wall-mounted indoor units. The indoor units will be placed in each of the home’s three bedrooms, as well as the dining room and attic for optimal home comfort.

The project will be completed later this month, and will begin four weeks of public tours in mid-September. One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Boston Children’s Hospital.

We’re thrilled to be involved in such an important project that demonstrates that a green, efficient home can be both comfortable and beautiful. Click here for more information on the 2014 Design Home, and here to read a detailed article in Wicked Local Amesbury.

July 1, 2014, 11:55 am

You Know About Energy-efficient Products But Do You Use Them?

Energy-efficient products are constantly being introduced to the U.S. market, yet buildings continue to account for nearly half of the nation’s energy consumption and building owners spend a whopping $40 billion annually on energy. So, we ask ourselves: are building engineers and contractors actually taking advantage of energy-efficient products? McGraw Hill Construction (MHC) and Siemens Building Technologies set out to find out. They surveyed engineers and contractors to gauge the level of awareness and use of innovative building technologies among industry professionals today.

The survey focused on 10 of the industry’s most successful energy efficiency technologies. MHC’s Harvey M. Bernstein and Donna Laquidara-Carr let Engineering News-Record‘s Contractor Business Quarterly readers in on their findings. Here’s some of what they shared:
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The results show that the majority of the industry recognizes energy efficiency technologies but haven’t used them. Those that have see the benefits in what they provide and how they can achieve desired energy efficiency goals.

Engineering News-Record subscribers can click here to read the full article in the May issue of the magazine.

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