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November 15, 2017, 9:00 am

Moving Beyond Accessible Design

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Recently, Google pledged to make their workspaces “ADA-plus” compliant. Their goal was to exceed the building accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With the Baby Boom generation getting older and one in five Americans living with a disability, practicing universal design, or building for all abilities, makes sense and promotes equal rights.

As you might imagine, this goes beyond automatic doors and adequately sized restroom stalls. In 2005, the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) established the following eight goals to help architects better understand the concepts of universal design:

  • Body fit: Accommodate a range of body sizes and abilities.
  • Comfort: Prevent environmental demands from being physically challenging.
  • Awareness: Ensure that critical instructions are made easily available.
  • Understanding: Make methods of operation and use clear and unambiguous.
  • Wellness: Contribute to health promotion, avoidance of disease and prevention of injury.
  • Social integration: Treat all groups with dignity and respect.
  • Personalization: Incorporate opportunities for choice and emphasize autonomy.
  • Cultural appropriateness: Respect cultural values and the social and environmental context of any design project.

In terms of HVAC, indoor air quality (IAQ) and temperature can be a huge factor in the health and comfort of building occupants. If not properly controlled, temperature and air pollutants can aggravate certain conditions such as temperature-related stress. Zoned Comfort Solutions ™ from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating allow indoor temperature to be controlled room-to-room and can aid greatly in creating a universally designed space. kumo station™ also promotes accessibility by allowing users to independently control their HVAC and filtering systems from a smart device.

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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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November 1, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Loomis House

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Brad and Marian Loomis have lived in their 726-square-foot beach cottage in Morro Bay, California, for over 30 years. In August 2015, they decided to add an additional 724 square feet to transform their tiny cottage into a comfortable and roomy 1,450-square-foot home. During the renovation, the couple realized they needed an efficient way to cool their house during the summer and gain more personalized comfort year-round. To achieve these goals, they selected our Zoned Comfort Solutions.

Since its installation, Marian and Brad have been pleased with the decision to install zoned technology. Brad said, “The actual installation of the system was relatively painless. We moved back in after the remodel and could turn it all on and immediately have cooling and heating. Other technologies are inefficient so it’s a no-brainer to go with these heat pumps.”

They’ve also been pleased with the immediate results: “They heat the rooms very fast, and we’re in central California so we use more heating than cooling. They are super-efficient and we love having air conditioning in the summer,” Brad continued.

To control the comfort of their home, the couple invested in the kumo cloud programmable controller app by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric). Brad said, “It’s a very good solution. We can look at the temperatures on my phone or my wife’s. kumo cloud is a vast improvement from the hand-held remote. You can monitor the house right at your fingertips, and you have access to everything from anywhere. You can see the status on your phone, and it allows you to make any adjustments that you want – you can program rooms to go on and off at various times of the day.”

Now with our Zoned Comfort Solutions, the couple have the comfort they’ve always wanted in their home. Brad said, “Before, we had the forced-air system on 365 days a year because it was drafty in the house. Now, our house heats up in less than 20 minutes and it isn’t a ‘drafty cracker box’ anymore. Mitsubishi Electric’s new technology has been really brilliant and it shows some great innovation.”

To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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October 30, 2017, 9:00 am

MFZ-KJ Floor-mounted Indoor Unit Wins 2017 Gold Product of the Year Award

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We are pleased to announce our MFZ-KJ Floor-mounted Indoor Unit has received recognition for its efficiency!

Industry publication, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, annually hosts a Product of the Year awards. For 2017, the MFZ-KJ Floor-mounted Indoor Unit was awarded the gold status in the HVAC category. A panel of leading engineers and building professionals selected the 49 finalists from notable technologies that improve quality, lengthen lifecycle and increase efficiencies.

With its innovative Multi-flow Vane Technology, the MFZ-KJ effectively circulates air to raise room temperature in a short amount of time. We are proud to offer a revolutionary product that ensures warmth and comfort. For more information on this award, read Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s press release.

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October 25, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Tradesmen & Dickinson Farm

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Stepheni Norton, a San Diego business owner, wanted to offer a creative and cozy workspace for rising entrepreneurs. Norton decided to find a historic home, restore its beauty and create a workspace that would spark creativity for its tenants. She found a small 1886 stick-built, lake-style Victorian home in the East Village of San Diego, offering ample space for work. Its restoration involved installing an energy-efficient HVAC system to provide each office space with superior comfort without damaging the architecture of the space, now called Tradesmen. Only one system could offer efficiency, comfort and a non-disruptive installation: our Zoned Comfort Solutions™.

Norton said, “I looked at everything – from a window and air system to split-ductless. We chose split-ductless after reading about the Strawberry Mansion project. We saw how the system wasn’t obtrusive, and how it could work with an older property and run efficiently because of zoning. This was the only system that was proven to do well while keeping the historic relevance of the home.”

The installation of our Zoned Comfort Solutions in Tradesmen was such a resounding success that it inspired Norton to select it for her family’s home, Dickinson Farm, a large 1888 Victorian Queen Anne Cottage in National City, California.

Norton continued, “Our house didn’t have HVAC, and we’re right on the coast, so we thought we didn’t need an HVAC system. We were wrong! The house, in extreme, gets very cold before sunrise, and retains all of the heat on a sunny day. With only two of us living here, and since we don’t use all of the floors of the house, we wanted an energy-efficient system. We also wanted my office to be controlled separately than my husband’s. So, we needed zoning on each floor and within each room, and a system that didn’t distract from the architecture of the home.”

Looking back on the project, Norton has been satisfied with her decision to select Zoned Comfort Solutions for Tradesmen and Dickinson Farm. “The comfort is amazing. We don’t have to wait for the sun to hit to be comfortable, and we can quickly cool off any room. With split-ductless, there is no more fighting the weather. It’s perfect.”

To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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October 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Preparing Facilities For Multigenerational Travelers

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It’s been official for a while now: multigenerational traveling is a trend. Multigenerational trips – defined as those involving at least three generations – create both challenges and opportunities for facility managers at hotels and lodges. Given that 47 percent of people over the age of 45 plan to take a multigenerational trip next year, based on an AARP survey, facility managers and building owners might find these tips helpful:

  • Public spaces like restaurants must be able to accommodate diverse groups; facilities may need to purchase larger tables and different kinds of chairs.
  • Guests of all ages are interested in well-maintained grounds. For older guests, grounds are a space of relaxation and contemplation. For children, active recreation.
  • It’s great to be with family, but it’s also exhausting. Guests will need private spaces to help them relax; these spaces should cater to each generation’s need for physical comfort and relaxation.
  • Family-friendly guest rooms can require more maintenance. Multigenerational guests may want to cook full meals and bring their pets.
  • With older guests, accessibility and safety can be a concern. Slip and trip hazards must be addressed.
  • Younger guests may embrace energy-efficient practices, but guests of other generations may leave lights on and HVAC systems running while out, and expect fresh bedding and towels each day.
  • As always, guest comfort is paramount. With different sleep and activity schedules, each generation creates its own peak load time, making versatile and quiet mechanical systems a necessity.

To read more about how to prepare for multigenerational traveling, check out our Facility Management newsletter here.

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October 11, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: AshKay Island

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Andy Bobo, co-owner, CMR Mechanical, Dexter, Michigan, always provides his customers with effective solutions to efficiently cool and heat their homes. However, when it came to installing a cooling and heating system in his 100 percent off-grid vacation cottage, Bobo faced a challenge. The 1,700-square-foot home located on AshKay Island is an eight-acre property off Iron Mill Pond in Manchester, Michigan.

He needed to find an energy-efficient system that could cool the entire house during the summer but also serve as a backup heat source during the winter season. Knowing how efficient and flexible it could be, Bobo selected our Zoned Comfort Solutions to do the job.

Not only did the system need to provide comfort for guests, it also needed to be as energy-efficient as possible since the house is completely off-grid. Bobo said, “We have 30 Mitsubishi Electric solar panels on the roof. It’s the heart of the system for electricity; therefore, I needed to find a super-efficient [cooling and heating] system that could run off of the energy produced by the solar panels. Ultimately, I needed the right-size system that could cool and heat the house without using too much battery power.”

With the cottage also built on a deck platform, storage for any cooling and heating system would pose an additional challenge. When Bobo saw the amount of ductwork that would be necessary to accommodate a traditional system, zoned technology offered a clear advantage, and for Bobo selecting zoned technology was synonymous with selecting our system.

He said, “As a business owner, I’ve been a Diamond Contractor for five years and I wanted to show my customers that I use the products that I sell.” He also said having Mitsubishi Electric solar panels helped solidify his decision: “The fact that I was able to pair Mitsubishi Electric solar panels with Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps topped it off. When it’s really hot out, the solar panels can collect a ton of solar energy, push it into the batteries and then transfer energy to the heat pump to cool the entire house.”

By selecting our Zoned Comfort Solutions, Bobo would get the best of both worlds – he would be able to install a system that best suits the aesthetics of the home, achieve energy efficiency and offer his guests a comfortable stay.

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October 4, 2017, 9:00 am

Educational Facilities That Go Beyond Academics

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There has been a push within our school systems to conduct learning beyond the classroom. This new approach is called “instruments of learning,” and refers to elements throughout the building being used as learning tools. Some of these building elements include landscape design, mechanical systems, water conservation and interior design. As facility managers seek to incorporate cutting edge solutions in their buildings, schools are using them to better educate students about school operations and sustainability practices.

  • Landscape Design: This includes evaluating the impacts of the school on the environment while also protecting landscaping and natural features. This can educate students about how to incorporate environmentally friendly design solutions, such a erosion control, storm water retention or using greenery needing little irrigation.
  • Energy-Efficient Mechanical Systems: This involves incorporating sustainable technology into the curriculum so students can understand the design and environmental impacts of the systems that keep them comfortable throughout the day. Efficient HVAC and controls systems, such as Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, can teach students how to reduce peak electrical demand and offer cost-saving benefits.
  • Water Conservation: This involves the school collecting rainwater for toilet flushing and site irrigation. In addition, waterless or low-flow toilets minimize wastewater and insulated piping can reduce hot water waste. As an educational tool, facility managers can install rainwater gauges, allowing students to monitor annual rainfall.
  • Interior Design: This comprises selecting interior elements that reflect the school’s appreciation for the environment. Facility managers can consider incorporating recyclable colored tiles or carpeting to represent the school’s efforts to protect the natural environment. This teaches students that materials, in addition to paper, can be recycled.

At Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric), we support facility managers’ efforts to make their buildings more educational and sustainable. In this issue and on our website, you’ll learn about our smart, flexible technologies that support the instruments of learning trend.

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September 27, 2017, 9:00 am

Now Available ‒ Building Integrations White Paper

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As buildings become more sophisticated, facility managers and owners can manage the resulting complexity, while increasing efficiency and lowering costs, by establishing a single point of control that supports building operations.

Our latest white paper discusses the many options for commercial building integrations and how to make appropriate selections. This paper explains why building integration is desired by today’s building owners and facility managers, and also dives into the various integration styles, beginning with the most rudimentary, and working up to the incredibly advanced.

Click here to read the entire Building Integrations white paper.

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September 25, 2017, 9:00 am

Southwest Business Unit Supports Local Food Banks After Hurricane Harvey

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Each year, the Southwest Business Unit dedicates two days to a worthy charity within its community, and this year was especially important to them. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the state of Texas earlier this month, our staff members volunteered their time helping families in need at local food banks.

On Sept. 13, staff members from the Dallas office spent time preparing 8,725 healthy meals for families at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas. On Sept. 14, staff members from the Houston office helped produce and distribute 19,890 nutritious meals for senior citizens at the Houston Food Bank, the largest food bank in the nation. We’re deeply saddened about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas but we’re honored to have been able to lend a hand in helping the local families heal giving them a warm meal.

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