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December 13, 2017, 9:00 am

New Building Trends in Retail Facilities

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The average brick and mortar store is evolving. Customer experience is paramount and store owners are now looking to building design to drive customer traffic. According to Chain Store Age, retailers are rapidly adopting interactive technology that benefits both the customer and building management. Based on their “Smart Building Trends” list, here are a few concepts facility managers should keep in mind:

Energy Efficiency is Key: According to ENERGY STAR®, “On average, 30 cents of every dollar spent on energy use in commercial buildings is wasted through inefficiencies.” ENERGY STAR suggests choosing energy-efficient systems is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy use.

Use Smart Controls: Many retailers are implementing consumer-facing apps and innovations to bring in patrons, but smart technologies can also be a game-changer for building management. For example, Diamond Controls™ from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating pairs automation and facility management to allow users to control multiple systems through a single interface. Users are able to control a whole building or multiple building sites with Diamond Controls.

Augmented Reality for Maintenance: Last year, IBM stated that, “augmented reality is transforming building management.” Augmented reality allows users to experience and interact with video, images and audio ­– which are superimposed over real physical spaces and objects – through their smart devices. For example, QR codes can be programmed and scanned to reveal pertinent information about a system to a contractor. This can help easily identify any issues or errors within a system.

From an HVAC perspective, there is so much changing and evolving in the industry that can benefit retail spaces. At Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, our products reflect this evolution to provide occupant comfort and facility control.

December 6, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Bank of San Antonio

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After breaking ground on a new, 56,000-square-foot office space in 2015, the Bank of San Antonio in Texas needed to find an energy-efficient HVAC system that offered quality comfort and control. The search ended by selecting Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

“We were looking for a system that was energy efficient but that could also provide comfort and produce the temperatures that we needed throughout the organization,” said Tom Moreno, executive vice president of operations and technology for Bank of San Antonio. Moreno and his team originally planned to install traditional HVAC technology, but with the assistance of local contractor, Flo-Aire Service Inc., and engineering consultant, Cleary Zimmermann Engineers, they decided to consider VRF.

Eddie McDuff, vice president, Flo-Aire Service, knew zone control was the best option for the bank. “[VRF] is a newer way that we’ve been seeing a lot of offices use air conditioning.” After consulting with long-time distributor, Mike Fauver from Texas Air Products, McDuff recommended Mitsubishi Electric. “Mitsubishi Electric was the first manufacturer that we got trained on. They’re easy to install and start up, and they also offer a good warranty. We’ve had really good success with them.”

Since project completion, Mitsubishi Electric’s VRF system has provided precise control and comfort for the bank. Moreno noted that the flexibility of VRF technology has been a success, not just for employees, but clients too. “If our team is too hot or too cold, it will affect productivity. Our clients should also get good service, and ensuring that our team is comfortable allows us to fulfill our promise to our clients that they will receive an exceptional experience.”

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December 4, 2017, 9:00 am

Sign up for ASHRAE’s December Webinar on VRF and Building Integrations!

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Registration is now open for the free webinar, “VRF and Building Integrations: Options and How to Choose Among Them”, presented by ASHRAE Journal on Thursday, December 7 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST.

Presenters include our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing; and Tom Greco, national strategic sales manager, controls solutions. Attendees will explore the range of integration options available to owners and managers interested in maximizing efficiency and access to information across their mechanical systems in order to achieve optimal performance of their VRF system.

Learning Objectives include:

  1. Understand benefits of system integration for building owners and managers.
  2. Understand the range of integration options available to building managers and owners.
  3. Understand the benefits and challenges associated with each style of integration.
  4. Understand why integration that supports efficient management of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems is of particular benefit.

Click here to register for the webinar.

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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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November 11, 2017, 9:00 am

Happy Veterans Day

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November 8, 2017, 9:00 am

Greenbuild 2017 is Here! Visit Mitsubishi Electric in Booth 838

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This week, the Mitsubishi Electric team is in Boston for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference that brings together industry leaders, experts and professionals that specialize in sustainable building.

This year will include more participants than usual as Greenbuild and the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) are co-locating at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Between the two shows, 25,000 people are anticipated to attend, with over 800 exhibitors.

Net zero building technology is expected to be one of the most popular topics at the conference. Parts of the exhibit hall will use onsite power generated by the Greenbuild Net Zero Zone and Microgrid Showcase. This showcase provides a unique opportunity to highlight sustainable technologies and products designed for the net zero building market, which is predicted to grow into a multi-billion-dollar market in the next few years.

If you are at the show, stop by booth #838 to learn about energy-efficient HVAC innovations from Mitsubishi Electric. We are proud to offer both residential and commercial products that minimize energy consumption while giving our customers maximum comfort and control over their environment.

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April 26, 2016, 9:00 am

Projects From Our Colleagues: Morgan & Associates, Kansas City

Our colleagues in Kansas City, Kansas, Morgan & Associates, Inc., have been doing some meaningful work specifying our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) products. Recently, they helped the Mercy & Truth Medical Clinic – a faith-based, childbirth facility – renovate its building, which re-opened last month. The alliance between the Mercy & Truth Medical Mission and the New Birth Company is working to help fight the high infant mortality rate impacting Wyandotte County, Kansas. We’re proud that Morgan & Associates are a part of this initiative.

As can be expected, birthing facilities demand a specific environment to help keep mothers and their newborns healthy, safe and comfortable. Bringing adequate air flow into the birthing rooms meant maneuvering through three rooms on the first floor of the renovated brick building. Morgan & Associates recognized that recommending and installing VRF would provide maximum flexibility between the offices, exam rooms and birthing suites – each having its own comfort needs.

For the birthing suites and nursing station, Mercy & Truth selected our CITY MULTI® VRF technology with heat recovery, while the remaining office space runs on our standard VRF heat pumps. Morgan Knipp, president of Morgan & Associates, said, “Being able to contribute our expertise in the HVAC area to help counteract this frightening infant mortality rate serves such a higher purpose. We are eager to see that statistic change and the lives transformed from this place.”

March 9, 2016, 9:00 am

Steve O’Brien Invited to Speak at ACCA’s Annual CEO/Contractor Forum

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From Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13, we will be participating in ACCA 2016, being held at the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom in North Carolina. As corporate sponsors of the conference, we are excited to showcase our products to HVAC contractors.

The highlight of the weekend promises to be the annual CEO/Contractor Forum. Our own Vice President of Residential Business, Steve O’Brien, will be a panelist. Topics for the panel include: technology and the internet, politics and policy and workforce development, as well as a host of other trends influencing the industry today. This is a great opportunity for contractors to discuss trends and challenges we currently face in the HVAC industry. We hope you’ll join us for this forum Friday, March 11, at 10 a.m.

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January 21, 2016, 9:00 am

What Happens in Vegas . . . ?

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This week, more than 75,000 building enthusiasts traveled to Las Vegas for Design & Construction Week, including world’s largest residential and light construction event: 2016 International Builders’ Show (IBS).  When attendees weren’t touring the thousands of exhibitor booths, they participated in educational sessions hosted by renowned building professionals from around the world.

Outside the showroom, attendees had a chance to see our products in The Modern Home – an exhibition home built for the show by Palm Harbor Homes. The home models sustainable technologies in a modern setting, including our compact PMFY one-way ceiling-recessed cassette indoor unit.

On Tuesday night, we joined our partner Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), builders and other sponsors at The House of Blues for a promotional concert starring country music singer, Kix Brooks. OFH – a non-profit organization focused on building mortgage-free homes for veterans – hosts this annual event to raise awareness for the organization. We felt lucky to be in the company of such a generous organization during such an exciting event.

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