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November 11, 2015, 11:21 am

Veteran’s Day? For Safety and Comfort, Try Veteran’s 365-Days-a-Year

Veteran’s Day is celebrated one day a year, but many organizations work year-round to offer military families day-to-day assistance. Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to veterans. We are honored to be a partner of OFH. We truly support their work and everything they stand for. That support involves donating cooling and heating systems to five homes being built this year for veteran families. We plan to steadily increase the number of donations in the years to come.

One such home was built for U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey. In 2004, during a deployment in Iraq, Coffey was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device, grenades and gunfire. As a result, he suffers from permanent physical and cognitive damage, as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coffey’s medication causes his body temperature to increase, which leads to brain swelling – making effective cooling vital to Coffey and his family. In their new house, our zoned comfort system ensures that Coffey can relax safely and comfortably during a migraine without making the rest of his house (and family) too cold.

Learn more about Staff Sergeant Coffey and his family by viewing Southern Living’s videos; our zoning systems air in episode two at the 3:12 mark and episode three at the 0:48 and 3:10 marks. You’ll see exactly why we feel so lucky to support such an important and necessary program.

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November 5, 2015, 4:45 pm

Ductless Shines at Solar Decathlon 2015

Solar Decathlon 2015 brought together 14 collegiate teams from across the U.S., who designed and constructed what they believe is the energy-efficient, solar-powered home of the future. The New York City College of Technology team tapped our ductless technology for the biannual competition, which earned their “DURA” home a Top 5 spot in both the Engineering and Energy Balance contests.

What is DURA? It is Diverse, Urban, Resilient and Adaptable. DURA “takes an urban approach to resilient, energy-efficient housing that adapts to the needs of a diverse city and its people.” With the help of our M-Series system, DURA received points for:

  • Innovation – DURA is adaptable. It can stand as a single-family construction or a four-unit multifamily building. Our ductless technology accommodates any design challenge or space configuration.
  • Functionality – Creating a healthy atmosphere was central to the team’s design. Our M-Series system delivers precise comfort control and consistent air flow for optimal indoor air quality.
  • Efficiency – Energy-efficient equipment, especially our system, allows DURA to achieve net zero performance. Condensate from the HVAC is used to water the outdoor garden and green wall, further increasing DURA’s resourcefulness.
  • Reliability – DURA was designed with natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy in mind. The team wanted a durable system that could withstand extreme conditions. The performance and control capabilities make our ductless systems highly dependable.   

Take a tour of this futuristic home at the International Builders’ Show 2016 and join us in congratulating this next generation of inventors.

October 6, 2015, 4:50 pm

M-Series Put to the Test in Solar Decathlon 2015

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Energy holds the Solar Decathlon. The challenge: “collegiate teams from around the world design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.” Over the years, our products have helped teams win the challenge’s biggest awards.

This year, we’re eager to see our M-Series system perform for the New York City College of Technology team. The sixty team members have spent the last two years preparing for the competition that will run from Oct. 8–18 in Irvine, California. They’ve built a net-zero home that is expandable and adaptable – a corollary to our technology’s own flexibility. Their slender, 24-foot by 50-foot structure can house a single family, or can be stacked to create a four-unit multifamily building. In short: very exciting.

One of the most exciting things about Solar Decathlon, though, goes beyond individual designs; it’s being a part of young professionals’ first steps into the building world. Many of these students will go on to be the next generation of engineers, architects, homebuilders, contractors and more. We’re honored that they chose to work with our equipment as they form a foundation of understanding, and we’ll be rooting for them come October 8!

October 3, 2014, 4:29 pm

M-Series Featured in Winning Passive House Design

October 7_Green Spaces NextGen Winning Design_ImageWe are proud to announce that our M-Series systems were featured in the winning design in the NextGen Homes Design Competition. green|spaces, a nonprofit that works to advance the sustainability of living, working and building in the Chattanooga, Tennessee region, hosted the competition that plans to produce four next-generation houses to sell on the local market.

The purpose of the competition was to identify the best design solutions for challenging sites with high performance energy goals. Teams were tasked with designing a single-family detached home that met the following requirements:

  • Did not exceed 2,000-square-feet.

  • Featured at least three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

  • Construction costs did not exceed $140 per square-foot.

  • Produced as much energy as they consumed.

  • Protected and promoted human health.

  • Minimized the production of waste in day to day operations of the home.

A panel of judges reviewed the submitted designs, narrowed the list down to 10 finalists and one winning team: Team 210. When it came to the HVAC design, Team 210 wanted a system that would provide efficient operation, require minimal ductwork and aid in achieving Net-Zero Energy Building certification at a reasonable installation cost. The team decided our systems fit the bill and featured our MSZ-FE  and MXZ heat pumps in their design along with a variety of our indoor units.

Team 210 was awarded $10,000 for its winning design and will work with the project team on developing the drawings, specifications and contracts for construction – Phase II of the competition. The actual construction of the homes, the third and final phase, is scheduled for spring 2015.

We look forward to seeing Team 210’s vision come to life as they begin the next steps towards construction!

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August 26, 2014, 2:12 pm

Blog Cabin Sweepstakes Gives Homeowners a Chance to Win a Luxury Getaway!

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DIY Network’s Blog Cabin is not your average building show. Viewers don’t just watch the renovation of a house on television; they participate in the “You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It!” process. Viewers vote online on the design features and a panel of expert hosts team up to transform the home. Viewers can then enter a sweepstakes to win the home they’ve helped create!

This year’s home was a 1920s bungalow overlooking Lake Hamilton, Florida. The house had water damage, outdated furniture and an aging furnace system. Project manager Dylan Eastman worked to incorporate the house’s original architecture and materials in the renovation while opening up the space and upgrading the technology. The HVAC system was upgraded to a Mitsubishi Electric M-Series system. This allows the home to retain its charming touches, but transforming into a comfortable and modern space.

Click here to see the home’s dramatic transformation and click here for a chance to make it yours!

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June 19, 2014, 3:37 pm

Mitsubishi Electric Gives Passive House Alliance Webinar

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We’ve been longtime supporters of the sustainable building movement and are currently the only cooling and heating manufacturer to sponsor Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS).

Our work with the organization includes training sessions and industry education, and last week we had the opportunity to partner with PHAUS to deliver a webinar. Some 100 contractors, engineers, architects and other green building professionals logged in to listen to John Bart, our national sales support manager, who teamed up with John Semmelhack, a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Think Little building company, to deliver a presentation on incorporating HVAC into passive design.

The webinar, “Heat Pumps for Passive Houses: Installation Practices & Duct Design,” delivered step-by-step instructions on how to design and install heat pump systems to meet rigorous Passive House standards.

John Bart also discussed our LinkDrive tool, another invaluable resource for contractors and their customers looking for installation and operation guides.

To learn more about designing and installing heat pumps according to Passive House standards, please click here to purchase and download the informative webinar.

June 10, 2014, 11:01 am

Calling All Passive House Enthusiasts: Check Out Our Webinar Tomorrow!

June 10_Passive House Alliance WebinarWho: John Bart, the division’s national sales support manager; John Semmelhack, owner of Think Little and Certified Passive House Consultant
What: “Heat Pumps for Passive Houses: Installation Practices & Duct Design” Webinar
When: Wednesday, June 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. EDT

Passive House building – the world’s most stringent building energy standard in the world – continues to gain popularity in the U.S. Ducted and ductless heat pump systems are a common HVAC solution for Passive Houses because, unlike conventional HVAC options, they can efficiently operate in the very low load conditions that are present in a home built to Passive House standards. However, it is essential that the systems are specified and installed correctly to achieve the aggressive energy-efficiency requirements to earn certification.

In the webinar sponsored by Passive House Alliance-US (PHA-US), John Bart and John Semmelhack will coach Passive House enthusiasts on how to design and install heat pump systems in order to maximize the benefits and meet the rigorous standards.

Those tuning in will learn the fundamentals of:

  • Quality heat pump system installation.
  • Duct design for optimal energy efficiency.
  • Register selection and the impact on noise and comfort.
  • Accurate airflow commissioning to maximize system performance.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating first joined PHA-US as a sponsor in 2012. Since then, we’ve extended our commitment and upgraded our sponsorship and continue to remain as the only cooling and heating manufacturer to sponsor the organization.

The webinar is open to both Passive House Alliance members and non-members. Click here to register and learn how you can get the most out of heat pump systems.

May 2, 2014, 12:19 pm

The Vanilla Ice Project: Round 2

April 25_Vanilla Ice Project 1 ImageIf you missed last week’s episode of the popular DIY Network program “The Vanilla Ice Project,” you’re in luck! A new episode airs this weekend.

What: “The Vanilla Ice Project
Where: DIY Network
When: Saturday, May 3, 10 p.m.
Why: The show picked our ductless air-conditioning system to retrofit several rooms of a Palm Beach mansion.

As we mentioned last week, this season of “The Vanilla Ice Project” follows famous 90s rapper Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) as he renovates a Palm Beach mansion. The episode airing this Saturday, called “Shift Into Gear”, tells the story of the garage and workshop remodel. Vanilla Ice turns a once forgotten space into a finished, practical and conditioned part of the home.

Diamond Contractor Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc., Lantana, Fla., again assisted us on this project. Many thanks to the McGill team!

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments.

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April 25, 2014, 3:04 pm

Watch Us Team Up with Vanilla Ice

April 25_Vanilla Ice Project 1 ImageIf you’re staying home to unwind this Saturday night, tune in to DIY Network for an episode of “The Vanilla Ice Project” – the network’s second-highest rated primetime show.

What: “The Vanilla Ice Project
Where: DIY Network
When: Saturday, April 26, 10 p.m.
Why: The show picked our ductless air-conditioning system to retrofit several rooms of a Palm Beach mansion.

This season of “The Vanilla Ice Project” follows famous 90s rapper Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) as he renovates a Florida home. Each episode focuses on a new room and new job in the house remodel. The episode airing this Saturday, called “The Upstairs Upheaval,” will tackle the second floor, including the game room, deck and kids’ bedrooms.

We’d like to thank Diamond Contractor Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc., Lantana, Fla., for assisting us on this project.

Be on the lookout for another episode of “The Vanilla Ice Project” – featuring our ductless system installed in a remodeled garage – next weekend!

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March 20, 2014, 2:02 pm

Why Architects Should Care About Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives

March 20_Architects-Energy Efficiency Rebates Incentives ImageThe green building movement is no longer an emerging trend – it is here to stay. In fact, residential, commercial and institutional green construction is expected to double by 2016. Yet, architects still have difficulty convincing building owners and homeowners that going green doesn’t always have to come at a hefty price.

The article in the latest issue of our Architect newsletter makes the case as to how architects can take advantage of financial incentives to offset the initial costs of green building. Here are a few tips from the article:

  • Offsetting Costs with Financial Incentives. Architects should know about and be able to take advantage of available tax incentives, rebates, grants and loans in life-cycle analyses. This will allow architects to clearly demonstrate the money saving possibilities to clients and focus on long-term energy saving benefits – both of which can make a difference in the bottom line.
  • Knowing the Options. There are more than 1,450 incentive programs available for both residential and commercial construction. DSIRE (the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) is a comprehensive database that will help identify the right option for each project.
  • Understanding the Incentive Landscape. Be aware of any financial incentives that are available through federal, state and local governments as well as local or regional utility companies. Knowing the details of each can help optimize the project’s energy efficiency improvements while keeping the upfront costs as low as possible.
  • Sharing the Wealth. Knowing your options is one thing, but sharing it with clients is a whole different ball game. As Kurt Haapala, AIA, principal of Mahlum Architects, Seattle, says “It’s not complex math. If you can paint a picture of environmental and financial benefits, you get over that first cost hump easier.”

To learn more about the fundamentals of energy rebates and incentives, read the full article in the Fall 2013 issue of our Architect newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletters, click here.

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