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March 19, 2014, 11:03 am

A Second Time Around for “A Taste of New York”

March 19_Re-airing of A Taste of New York Episode ImageOn March 12, we gave New York Metro Area residents a heads up to tune in to the “Ultimate Home” episode of the city’s popular weekly TV show, “A Taste of New York.”

No need to fret if you missed last week’s episode, which follows the complete makeover of a small historic colonial Long Island home into an awe-inspiring city home with modern-day amenities. The show will re-air on Time Warner Cable Channel 79 at 7 p.m. EDT tonight and then again on March 26 and April 2 at the same times.

Busy on Wednesdays? No problem. Click here to watch a video clip from the episode of our own John Hanley on how our ductless cooling and heating system helped bring the outdated home to life.

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March 12, 2014, 1:46 pm

Look for Us on “A Taste of NY”

March 12_A Taste of New York Episode Airs ImageNew York Metro Area residents: make sure to tune in to tonight’s episode of “A Taste of New York,” to see how we helped transform a small historic colonial home on Long Island into what the show dubs the “Ultimate Home.” The show will air on Time Warner Cable Channel 79 at 7 p.m.

Our ductless cooling and heating system was identified as the ideal solution for the 1,320-square-foot city dwelling, which includes a finished basement and attic as well as three bedrooms. Thanks to its space-saving benefits and industry-leading technology, our system was able to successfully rejuvenate the outdated home and provide the homeowners with the most comfortable environment possible.

So, if you’re in the Big Apple, tune in tonight to catch the episode. But if you miss it, don’t worry – the episode airs again next Wednesday, March 19.

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March 6, 2014, 3:26 pm

New Study Puts Green ROI to the Test

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Now, more than ever, it is important to distinguish which technologies will give homeowners and building owners the most bang for their buck. What energy saving benefits truly justify the costs of the products themselves?

To answer that question, we’ve signed on as a research sponsor along with the System Building Research Alliance (SBRA) and other manufacturers to conduct a year-long study on energy performance. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program and underwritten by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the study will monitor the performance of three test manufactured homes – one that meets HUD thermal standards, an ENERGY STAR® home and the first manufactured DOE Challenge Home-certified home in the U.S.

The data will be incredibly valuable as it will paint a clear picture of the impact energy-efficient systems have on a home and the energy saving possibilities. This will, in turn, provide important insight into what efficiency improvements are worth investing in.

We’ll be sure to share our findings. In the meantime, click here for SBRA’s press release on the upcoming study.

February 20, 2014, 11:02 am

Industry News: Is the Grass Really Greener for Green Homeowners?

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Are green homeowners really satisfied with their decision? Based on the results from a recent survey conducted by GuildQuality and commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – they are. The survey was sent to 187 single-family, townhome and condominium homeowners who have purchased a National Green Building Standard-certified home in the past three years.

The results were pretty clear. Ninety-four percent of the homeowners said they would recommend a green home to a friend and an impressive 92 percent said they would purchase another green home. That’s not all though, as green homes scored pretty high in other aspects as well:

  • 71 percent believe that green homes are higher in quality.

  • 65 percent strongly agreed that having an energy-efficient home was an important factor in deciding to build or buy their home.

  • 55 percent knew their home may have cost more but felt the benefits outweighed the cost.

  • Low utility bills, energy efficiency and insulation are the qualities that green homeowners are most satisfied with.

At Mitsubishi Electric, we’ve always been strong supporters of green building and energy efficiency, so it’s nice to see that, in this case, the grass really is greener.

Click here for a recap of the survey in ECOBUILDING Pulse. For the full survey results, visit

February 18, 2014, 4:59 pm

Is Duct Leakage Testing Really Just Smoke & Mirrors?

February 18_Duct Leakage Testing ImageOf the more than a million miles of duct work in U.S. homes, industry experts estimate that more than two-thirds of them have leaks. This can account for as much as 25 percent of a home’s total energy loss. Duct leakage can dramatically reduce the HVAC equipment’s capacity and performance, causing hot and cold spots and humidity problems. Leaky ducts can also significantly increase homeowners’ utility bills and, worse yet, create air quality problems by pulling pollutants and other health hazards directly into the home. All of this creates an uncomfortable living environment for homeowners and their families.

Keeping in mind the number of issues that can arise from leaky ducts, ACH&R News writer David Richardson investigates the current metrics used for residential duct leakage testing, a verification process put in place by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to ensure that healthy, clean air is provided to homeowners. In his article, “Using Duct Surface for Leakage Testing?” Richardson informs us of his findings:

Current duct leakage testing involves pressurizing the duct system to the standard 25 pascals using a calibrated fan and comparing the airflow against the conditioned floor area (CFA) of a home. Depending on local codes, the total leakage allowed is limited anywhere from 12 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per 100 square feet of CFA to 4 cfm, per the 2009 and 2012 IECC codes, respectively.

The problem with these measurements comes two fold. First, as Richardson explains, duct leakage occurs at the surface area of the duct, not the CFA. Therefore the current formula for testing duct leakage does not test the actual area of concern. Secondly, the 25 pascals value that the industry has deemed the standard operating pressure is simply outdated. Richardson writes that you rarely find duct systems running at that pressure in the field nowadays and in fact, pressures are usually elevated due to undersized duct systems.

No matter which way you cut it, Richardson’s examination shows that residential duct leakage testing can easily yield misleading or inaccurate results. So, as he asks, do we revise a formula that has been used for years or do we sacrifice some level of accuracy for convenience and simplicity?

What’s our answer? Go duct-free. Visit to learn more on how you can avoid the smoke and mirrors of duct leakage testing by choosing ductless technology as the HVAC solution.

February 6, 2014, 12:35 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Patrick Fox, St. George, Utah

Check out homeowner Patrick Fox talking about how he uses our meZO™ Controller App to adjust the temperature of his home’s S-Series VRF zoning system.

Click here for more testimonials from both Patrick and builder Jake Joines, president of J2 Construction. To check out the full case study on Patrick’s home, click here.

February 4, 2014, 11:42 am

2014 New American Home Open for Tours

February 4_2014 New American Home Image Cutting-edge energy efficiency, sustainability and style are the key words that come to mind for this year’s New American Home, an annual feature at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) that showcases the industry-leading products and technology in the market today. As with all of the New American Homes, this year’s construction is certainly one you don’t want to miss.

The 2014 New American Home – co-sponsored by the NAHB and BUILDER and built to the highest level of the National Green Building Standard – embodies the way we live today and how we will live in the future. Featuring the most state-of-the-art technology and innovative building techniques, this year’s home serves as a construction technology laboratory and offers a valuable educational experience for building professionals and homeowners alike.

Tours of the 6,700-square-foot showstopper begin today. So, for those of you attending this year’s IBS in Las Vegas, make sure to stop by the home full of sustainable and inspirational design ideas.

To learn more about the 2014 New American Home, read the Builder article here or visit the New American Home website.

January 9, 2014, 10:17 am

Project Profile: Austin Family Home

Austin Family Home

When homeowner Andrew McCalla decided to remodel his historic home located in Austin’s West Line Historic District neighborhood, he was determined to preserve as much of its original foundation as possible. This project was no easy feat as the home’s oldest foundation consisted of two Civil War-era walls. At 20 inches thick, the walls were constructed using a wooden form filled with stone, mud and straw that was originally found on the land well over 100 years ago.

McCalla enlisted the Austin-based Pilgrim Building Company to strip the house to its bones in order to restore the two original perpendicular wings of the house and build a new addition in between. To add to the challenge, the builders were also tasked with identifying and using similar materials that were originally used to construct the home, and rebuild it in a similar fashion in order to avoid discrepancies and structural issues.

Rebuilding the structure was one thing but upgrading the building’s performance and comfort was another. The team knew they needed a specific cooling and heating system – one that had installation flexibility to accommodate the unusual wall construction, one that could handle the moisture and humidity buildup from the existing water on the land and, of course, a system that could operate efficiently at high cooling demands, given the nature of Austin’s hot summers.

To satisfy these conditions, the team chose our S-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system. Now, the homeowner can control each section of the building separately, while meeting the cooling and humidity needs, reducing power costs and maintaining output capacity.

“As for system performance, we’re comfortable,” McCalla said.

To view the complete case study, click here.

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January 2, 2014, 10:43 am

Residential Energy Guarantee: Equipping Green Builders with Evidence

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Results from an independent study found that people are 70 percent more likely to purchase a home and 75 percent more likely to choose builder-suggested products if they had an energy guarantee. With that in mind, Bonded Builder Warranty Group launched a new Residential Energy Guarantee program that provides third-party verification of a home’s energy performance and savings – allowing builders to prove their construction’s energy efficiency without facing skepticism or doubt from their clients.

The Residential Energy Guarantee is based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating report projections on the total energy use of the home. As a testament to the validity of the program, Bonded Builders Warranty Group will pay a home buyer for any additional annual natural gas and electric costs that are over the HERS project for qualifying energy-efficient homes.

As an added incentive, Bonded Builders Warranty Group is offering a special discounted pricing for builders who partake in the Home Innovation Research Labs National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certification Program. For participating builders, Bonded Builders Warranty Group will offer the guarantee at the same price that is usually only available for builders purchasing more than 100 guarantees per year, making energy-efficient construction more appealing and affordable for even the lowest-volume home builder.

To learn more about how both builders and home buyers can benefit from the Residential Energy Guarantee, read the article from BUILDER magazine here, and visit for energy-efficient HVAC products that’ll help secure the guarantee.

November 26, 2013, 10:46 am

Hats Off to Chicago’s Weiss Building and Development

We want to congratulate Weiss Building and Development, LLC, Elgin, Ill., for being honored as a Grand Winner in the Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Builder Awards. Announced during the recent 2013 Solar Decathlon, Weiss Building is among a group of builders that the DOE believes are “changing the way homes are designed and constructed.”

Weiss Building received the Grand Winner distinction for their excellence in home system building, and was also recognized as a winner in the Custom Builders category. This is especially noteworthy as Weiss Building supports the benefits of Passive House construction and the exceptional qualities of ductless technology. As a testament to their extraordinary work and success, Weiss Building constructed a certified Passive House in the Chicago area with a Mitsubishi Electric ductless system.

Chicago Passive House

Chicago Passive House, © 2013 Mike Crews Photography

According to the DOE, “only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by Energy Department guidelines.” We are thrilled to work with builders that are of the calibre as Weiss Building and wish them much continued success!

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