Posts tagged ‘Green Building’

May 10, 2017, 9:00 am

In Our Ever-changing World of Design, What’s Next?

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We have all seen how buildings change with the times. When there are more cars, more parking garages are created. As people move back into cities, mixed-use developments soar. As a new building material or mechanical system becomes popular, the industry quickly adopts it. The perennial question, then, is: What’s next?

In 2017, a recognizable answer is 3D-printed buildings. We’ve previously discussed how the industry has been excited about buildings that can be created at any time in any place. Another increasingly recognizable idea we’ve covered is green retrofitting – the practice of renovating old properties to be green instead of tearing them down and building new.

From here, it seems the industry is becoming more playful and resourceful. Dutch company Wikkelhouse makes fully functional homes out of 24 layers of cardboard wrapped around a mold. The houses are designed to last at least 50 years and are fully customizable.

Meanwhile, architects like Italy’s Stefano Boeri are designing “vertical forests.” These tall buildings feature ample trees and bushes; they’re planted on every floor, on all sides of the building. The idea is to improve air quality and tackle urban sprawl.

Here in the U.S., we’re also seeing a trend toward doing more with less. New York City recently received its first micro-unit apartment building, with units as small as 260 square feet. Washington, D.C., recently got its first pod hotel. The spaces are designed to be minimalist, but still livable and satisfying.

From an HVAC perspective, we’re curious about it all. Smaller spaces need smaller, more flexible HVAC solutions. Green buildings need super-efficient mechanical systems. Even cardboard homes need cooling and heating! We’re excited to think about how our zoned and VRF technologies can be applied to even the most creative projects. Because it seems that no matter what comes next, Mitsubishi Electric has an HVAC solution.

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April 26, 2017, 9:00 am

The Latest and Greatest From Mitsubishi Electric

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We’ve been eager to share some exciting news with you – and now we can!

Mitsubishi Electric Wins Greenest Brand

We are pleased to announce we’ve been selected as the greenest brand in the HVAC category by Green Builder Media’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Survey.

Green Builder Media is the nation’s leading media company focused on green building and sustainable living. Every year, Green Builder Media asks readers to share information about their favorite brands and current perceptions about the green building market. In the survey, readers were able to rank which company they believed offered the greenest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products. Out of 11 brands, we achieved first place.

At Mitsubishi Electric, we pride ourselves on our high quality and energy efficient products and this award reinforces our position as a leading player in the green building industry.

Be Sure to Sign Up for Our May Webinar!

On Thursday, May 4, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT, High Performing Buildings will host the webinar. Presenters will include our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing; and Joe Cefaly, CEM, LEED Accredited Professional, senior manager, OEM applications. Attendees will learn about the recent developments in Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) technology, and how ventilation in commercial buildings is more effective and efficient than ever. They will also learn how DOAS addresses ventilation concerns, and how they are easier to design, improve air quality and perform better and quieter.

Topics include:

  • Current industry trends informing ventilation technology development
  • Recent developments in ventilation systems
  • What today’s most advanced DOAS systems look like and how they differ from other technologies
  • The future of ventilation systems

Click here to register for the webinar.

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October 26, 2016, 9:00 am

Greenbuild 2016

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At Mitsubishi Electric, we take pride in creating sustainable cooling and heating technology. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to share our newest innovations at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building and sustainable design. It attracts industry leaders and experts from all over the globe. In addition to a diverse crowd, Greenbuild is known for its attractions. This year included a film festival, yoga session and Women in Green Power Breakfast. The buzz was so contagious that #Greenbuild16 became a trending topic on Twitter.

Although this year’s Greenbuild has come and gone, its impact will continue in Los Angeles with the Legacy Project. For this year’s Legacy Project, the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter helped launch an Eco-Tech Maker Space for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This project offers “S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curricula, hands-on learning and environmental stewardship emanating from the reuse of discarded, safe manufacturing materials.”

From beginning to end, Greenbuild always brings the energy that inspires us to engage and create technologies for this industry. We look forward to participating in next year’s conference in Boston.

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July 5, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: The Willow School

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“How do you make a building like a tree?” That was the question Mark Biedron, co-founder, The Willow School (Willow), Gladstone, New Jersey, was trying to answer when he, his wife Gretchen and the team at Willow embarked on the Living Building Challenge (LBC). LBC is a standard requiring buildings to be 100 percent electric – often functioning at net-zero or net-positive energy usage. This was the goal for Willow’s new 20,000-square-foot Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center – and it was our very own VRF technology that helped achieve that goal.

Since a tree would use only sunlight, Willow produced energy with photovoltaic panels. That energy then fueled the school’s mechanical systems, like our VRF technology and Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilators. The VRF units keep the school comfortable for little energy, while the Lossnay ERVs enable this new building to recover energy from exhaust air and simultaneously cool or heat outside ventilation air as it enters the building.

The result is a hugely efficient energy operation – a reflection of the school’s commitment to sustainability, and of the smart products and project design. “Every load was tracked and analyzed. Every amp and watt was accounted for. Nothing was missed,” said Vin Farese, Loring Consulting Engineers, Princeton, New Jersey. The success is evident: The school building performs more than 700 percent more efficiently than conventional educational facilities. Biedron is very proud of that fact: “It’s really the responsibility of the educational community to teach children how the planet works, why that’s important and how to use energy efficiently.”

To learn more about the efficiency at Willow – including how our customer service helped Willow meet certain LBC codes – check out the case study.

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June 6, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Dodge City Schools

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“I can hear my teacher now.” That was one student’s reaction in Dodge City, Kansas, after the school district began renovating each of its 10 schools’ HVAC systems. When it paired our Water-source Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) with geothermal technology in two of its buildings, that same wonderful thing happened – suddenly, students could hear their teachers. Additionally, the district saw reduced utility bills, green certification and satisfied teachers.

Each summer now, the district focuses efforts on one renovation. Our water-source VRF technology entered the scene during the second summer as part of improving conditions in the 35,000-square-foot Central Elementary School (Central) – a two-story brick facility built in 1927. Water-source VRF paired with geothermal technology replaced outdated, inefficient HVAC systems. VRF brought efficiency, true zoning and excellent control to that pairing.

The following summer, Wilroads Elementary School (Wilroads) – a 19,000-square-foot building from the 1950s – was renovated by pairing our water-source VRF systems with geothermal technology. Drew Rose, electrical engineer, Integrated Consulting Engineers, Inc., Wichita, Kansas, has served as the project manager and designer for the ongoing Dodge City Schools projects. Rose said of the Wilroads installation that “everyone’s been satisfied since, and the teachers were really excited to get something that works without being loud.”

Both Central and Wilroads also earned ENERGY STAR® certification; Central even got a score of 91! “When you think about how it was built in 1927, well, we think that’s pretty impressive,” said William Hammond, the district’s executive director of business operations.

The Dodge City Unified School District’s energy manager, Morris Reeves, spoke of the decision to use VRF: “We work every day to conserve energy. Energy conserved is more money for the classroom – that’s what we’re all about.” Hammond added: “I like being green to save energy and resources, and being green to save money. I try to find projects that do both.” By pairing our water-source VRF systems with geothermal technology, the school district was able to do both. This pairing even earned the district a claim of $215,000 in grants and rebates. And now, nearly 7,000 students can hear their teachers.

To read more about Dodge City Schools, check out the case study.

February 25, 2016, 9:00 am

Net-Zero and the New Normal

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In an editorial regarding Net-Zero enthusiasm, architect Ned Cramer questioned, “Why isn’t net-zero as familiar in our technology-worshipping culture as the iPhone? Why don’t we talk about it with as much awe as the Tesla Model S?” These innovations are not only popular – they are part of our culture.

So then why doesn’t net-zero building feel like a fundamental part of our culture, especially when so much of the success with net-zero projects comes from a thoughtful and simple redesign of something we already use? We know to anticipate the newest iteration of our favorite electronics each year, but green technologies are constantly innovating and updating as well. Windows, for example, can be angled to either contain or release heat. This simple rethinking of traditional windows can naturally regulate the temperature of a home, which in turn saves on energy and associated costs. On bigger projects, energy recovery technology can even utilize heat that would otherwise be dispelled, creating a source of comfort.

Building professionals have the capacity to imagine these intuitive, efficient designs and now have the tools to make these projects not only a reality, but a modern inevitability. As the newest smartphones draw crowds for a new product release, so too should each green milestone be celebrated.

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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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January 13, 2016, 9:00 am

Waste Water Technology Opens New Avenues of Energy Recovery

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Water-source Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are one of the most energy-efficient ways to cool and heat a building.  Water sourcing helps maintain a consistent temperature without having to constantly monitor and maintain air temperature, and VRF’s small piping makes installation and renovation simple. However, water-based systems can be a challenging application in areas like California, where water conservation is a daily concern.

In the District of Columbia, D.C. Water has developed technology to convert waste water into energy by converting solid byproducts into usable energy, while also funneling steam back into the energy recovery process. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “D.C. Water’s Blue Plains facility is converting waste to clean water and a nutrient-rich soil byproduct, producing energy and helping to put the district on the path towards a zero waste future.”

We’re excited to watch this technology spread across the country. Applying it in water-conscious areas makes water source VRF a more viable option. As we all look for ways to operate more efficiently and thoughtfully, this is potentially very good news.

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December 29, 2015, 10:12 am

Work Smarter With Green Technology

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Last week we wrote about the financial benefits of using automation systems to modify green buildings; now here’s one more reason to consider updating your office space. According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is a clear relationship between air quality and cognition. This relationship makes intuitive sense, but its impact is more severe than you may expect. Professionals who work in green buildings showed “cognitive scores” as high as 101 percent better than those in traditional office buildings, and the “using information” score was nearly 300 percent better for workers in green settings.

These results seem to demonize conventional buildings as being poor working environments. The good news is that the industry has a big opportunity here, and some professionals are already embracing this challenge. Building Construction + Design recently identified a trend in the green building industry: Many older buildings are being retrofitted with green technology rather than being replaced with entirely new buildings. Ultimately this will save money and improve air quality for employees – perhaps exponentially. That’s a big opportunity for a big, important change.

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August 20, 2015, 3:48 pm

Never Leave ‘Home’ Without ‘Ready’

Last month, we shared how green rating systems stack up. Now, we are focusing on just one of those ratings – Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH).

What is a ZERH and why is it called that? The ZERH rating endorses the sustainability and high efficiency of a Zero Energy home and protects builders from false pretenses with the addition of ‘Ready.’ A ZERH is at least 40 to 50 percent more efficient than a traditional home but what separates it from a home with zero utility bills is a renewable energy system. It can almost offset its annual energy consumption but many factors can affect utility costs, such as homeowner habits, occupancy levels and adverse weather conditions.

Take the ZERH-certified Village Park Eco Home in Double Oak, Texas, for example, which saves almost $1,700 a year in utilities. Its efficiency earned the home the 2014 Housing Innovation Award and has garnered the attention of over 1,300 tourists. Builder Wayne Atkins said building the Village Park Eco Home was an easy decision and a step in the right direction. He intends on making it a Zero Energy Home to increase his savings even more. He shared, “solar may not be cost effective now but, in a few years it will be and we’ll be ready for it.”

Atkins isn’t the only one going to the greener side. More and more builders and homeowners are willing to put in a little now to get a lot out later. They’re willing to position themselves for better efficiency by making smarter choices for the home. Cooling and heating accounts for nearly half of a home’s energy consumption so, for those heading down the ZERH path, installing a high-performing HVAC system like ours would be a smart place to start.

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