Posts tagged ‘International Builders’ Show’

March 22, 2016, 9:00 am

Green Certification in Unexpected Applications

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This year’s International Builders’ Show provided a perfect forum for Home Innovation Research Labs to showcase its annual report and the initial results of its National Green Building StandardTM (NGBS) certification program. The goal of this program was to create a flexible yet consistent building certification program with which builders and developers could certify green projects. With over 60,000 green certified projects to date, these results show the success of the NGBS program.

Most interestingly, the report highlighted a niche of distinct mixed-use facilities that may not have qualified as green-certified projects under other metrics. Some of these facilities included:

  • Student Housing. Student housing creates small but diverse communities in a single area. Schools can promote sustainability by installing high-performance insulation and ventilation products, but also by placing campus housing facilities, student resource buildings and social life nearby one another, making it easier for students to make sustainable choices to walk or bike rather than take a car.
  • Military Housing. Servicemen, servicewomen and veterans bring to the building industry a variety of need-based applications. For example, in Liberty Hill, Texas, Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey needed a cold, dark space to help manage the after-effects of his service.
  • Rescue Facilities. Rescue facilities – firehouses, and emergency stations where first responders must remain on-call – typically have residential floors where professionals on call can sleep, cook and commune. These facilities also have the business component of a garage and dispatch. In some cases, these facilities could even be registered as a “residence with an exceptionally large garage.”
  • Supportive Shelters. In low-incoming housing, having cost-saving options but still providing noticeable comfort is right in line with the mission. Often these are varied spaces with multiple kitchens and residences, as well as community and enrichment rooms.

For more ideas about how to redefine sustainable building, click here to read the full annual report.

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.

January 15, 2015, 3:51 pm

Join Us at the 2015 International Builders’ Show!

January 15The world’s largest residential and light construction building event is right around the corner – and one you won’t want to miss! More than 75,000 building enthusiasts and 2,000 exhibitors are expected to be in Las Vegas next week, January 20-22, for the 2015 International Builders’ Show (IBS).

IBS is known for having the most in-depth and up-to-date education programs in the industry each year – and 2015 is no exception. More than 100 educational sessions, presented by renowned building professionals from across the country, will be available, covering everything from high performance building techniques and materials to effective sales and financing strategies. The National Association of Home Builders’ annual idea house, The New American Home (TNAH), will be open to showcase the latest design and technology in the home building industry. Unlike previous TNAHs that focused on creating a one-of-a-kind custom home, this year’s home will demonstrate how cutting-edge products and technology can be integrated into a state-of-the-art community.

We’ll be on the exhibition floor (booth #C8910), where we’ll unveil our latest controls program. Booth visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about two of our newest product offerings that have raised the industry bar for ductless technology:

  • The Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MXZ multi-zone outdoor unit is the first residential multi-zone heat pump technology for use in extreme cold climates. This system is ideal for whole-home cooling and heating in areas of the country where ductless was previously considered ineffective. The H2i MXZ has received industry recognition already after taking the top spot in the Heating category of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

  • The H2i MSZ-FH single-zone outdoor unit is the most energy-efficient ductless system on the market at 30.5 SEER. The H2i MSZ-FH operates at 100 percent heating capacity at 5 degrees Fahrenheit and continues providing efficient heating down to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit, giving it the lowest ambient performance at the highest SEER rating in the industry. While it was previously thought that cold climates and heat pump performance couldn’t go hand-in-hand, this system offers year-round comfort anywhere in the country.

With so much in store, be sure to stop by booth #C8910!

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