Posts tagged ‘Northeast BU’

February 10, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Wyebrook Farm

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Rural Pennsylvania is known for its beautiful countryside, so when Dean Carlson – a former Wall Street bond trader – decided to convert Honey Brook’s Wyebrook Farm to a sustainable restaurant, his focus was on aesthetics. Carson selected a 230-year-old stone barn and chose our S-Series system and Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilator to keep it comfortable. This combination allowed the restoration to have an 18th-century look, with a 20th-century feel.

Keeping in theme with the pastoral surroundings, the goal was to retain the farmhouse look by keeping mechanical systems discreet. Rich Nolan – the project’s designer – said of Carlson’s vision: “They didn’t want ductwork hanging across the restaurant; and you don’t want to be at dinner eating a grass-fed piece of beef and have the compressor kick on.”

Our system avoided all of this. Minimally invasive piping would allow the old building to live a second life without renovating the façade. Further, a building that had never needed any HVAC system would keep the appearance it always had, without obtrusive ductwork, and the restaurant would be sustainable both in the food it served as well as its independence from fossil fuels. As a result, the restaurant has received two awards for Nolan’s work and Carlson’s vision.

To read more about Wyebrook Farm, check out the case study.

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January 11, 2016, 9:00 am

Massachusetts Approves Our Systems for Rebate

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Cities are constantly looking to initiate more green building projects and to update older, existing buildings. In short: Cities are going green. In Boston, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced a $30 million initiative to increase the use of clean cooling and heating systems on these projects. In December, MassCEC listed our products as eligible for this rebate, including our MSZ-FH09NA/MUZ-FH09NA system. The rebate for houses using air source heat pumps ranges from $750 to $3,750.

For your customers in Massachusetts considering our systems, this rebate just might seal the deal. Massachusetts natives have shown interest in being energy conscious – ranking first as the most energy-efficient state for the last five years – and promotions like these are attractive to those needs.

For more information about which products are eligible check out MassCEC.com

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December 1, 2015, 4:56 pm

Project Profile: Boston University Leventhal Admissions Center

Boston University Admissions CenterBound between Boston’s historic brickwork and manicured riverfront, Boston University (BU) strives to exist as a traditional campus housed in an urban environment. The school recently renovated with this goal in mind, transforming the old BU Hillel House into the Alan and Sherry Leventhal Admissions Center. Our VRF systems updated the building’s aesthetics and performance to meet the needs of the 1,400 daily visitors, and helped the project achieve LEED® Gold certification.

Todd Symonds, project manager and associate principal of design firm Goody Clancy, described the need to expand the space in order to maximize its appeal: “When the building was the Hillel House, it had been a very introverted and inward-looking building. … We had the opportunity to transform the building from an introvert into an extrovert, to meet the needs of the University’s program for Admissions.”

The design team selected our VRF technology to help expand this “inward” space, as our systems offered a smaller footprint than traditional HVAC. With VRF, a more dramatic look was possible without compromising the original building’s architecture – a success recognized by the Boston Preservation Alliance with a 2015 Preservation Achievement Award. Surpassing Boston’s LEED Silver-level requirement was also possible with VRF, due to its impressive energy efficiency.

Want to learn more about the transformation? Read here.

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October 20, 2015, 4:53 pm

Fairmount Row Home

Life in a city row home means enjoying a smaller footprint and access to downtown. It also means HVAC challenges resulting from the layout of row homes, including uneven solar gain and humidity issues. For old and tight row homes, especially, upgrading outdated HVAC systems can be a daunting challenge.

Fortunately, this is where our dual-zone ductless system saved the day for Chris Knipe and Connie Romano, owners of a century-old row home in Philadelphia. Knipe chose our technology over the high-velocity system his friend recommended because of our system’s small footprint and zoning ability. Knipe also preferred our system’s discrete operation: “The [Mitsubishi Electric] system is extremely quiet with no whistle. It’s almost like it’s not even there. Even the compressor is quiet. The high-velocity system we saw was a lot noisier.”

HVAC Contractor  ECI Comfort Solutions, Inc., also preferred our dual-zone system for its moisture control: “Humidity is a big issue in row homes. Ductless has a humidity setting, and with the inverter there’s a longer run time, so the air moves over the coils for a longer time, pulling moisture out of the air.”

Read more about Knipe and Romano’s house and the challenges of cooling and heating row homes.

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October 1, 2015, 5:24 pm

Look for Us on NBC TV!

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Left to Right: Richard Li, Regional Manager, Commercial, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division; George Oliphant, host, “George to the Rescue”; Mario Marcellino, vice president, Pelham Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc.; Peter Kanakos, principal, GC Eng & Associates

Emmy Award-winning TV host George Oliphant and a team of contractors and designers are “helping families one home at a time.” In the October 3 episode of “George to the Rescue,” we join George and crew in transforming one home and the lives of one family in need.

Each episode of the NBC TV special project follows the renovation of a home in the Tri-State area. The upcoming episode shows how our ductless system improves the comfort of a single-family home in Queens, New York.

“George to the Rescue” is broadcasted by NBC affiliate stations in 10 of the largest TV markets nationwide: Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami/South Florida, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington. Check your local listings to catch the airing this weekend or watch the episode online afterwards.

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September 8, 2015, 2:22 pm

Consumer Testimonial: Christine Parlee

Instead of costing them energy, Christine and Wes Parlee’s 1,912-square-foot custom home in Devens, Massachusetts actually produces energy.

The Parlee’s home only cost about $40,000 more than traditionally built homes of the same size. Better yet, the investment will pay for itself in about six years and continue to produce profit after that.

Hear Christine share how our Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) ductless system helped earn a utility rebate and the DOE Housing Innovation Award. Learn more about their super efficient New England home.

September 3, 2015, 5:53 pm

Project Profile: Fahnestock House

Few problems create as much of a challenge in HVAC design as small spaces. This challenge became very familiar to all involved in the renovation of Fahnestock House (Fahnestock) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The building, which provides housing to the elderly and disabled, has 26 apartments ranging in size from 420 to 600 square feet. Fahnestock needed an energy-efficient HVAC system that could handle such tight spaces and long runs for copper lines due to the building’s design.

Only one system was able to meet those needs: our M-Series heat pump. Our indoor units measure only eight inches in height, allowing optimal living space for the residents. Our system also offers up to 100 feet for line sets, providing the necessary design and installation flexibility. “Of all the companies, this is the only one I could get to work. The configurations just fit perfectly,” said Contractor Ken Adams, Ken Adams Mechanical, Inc., New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

The HVAC overhaul improved more than just occupant comfort, however. Window units were replaced with air handlers installed behind the drop ceiling, improving the aesthetics of the building inside and outside. It also significantly improved the building’s efficiency, resulting in a 40 percent decrease in monthly energy bills.

Learn more about the renovation of Fahnestock House.

August 6, 2015, 4:31 pm

Project Profile: Mamaroneck Passive House

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A 3,000-square-foot dilapidated house from the 60s stood vacant in Mamaroneck, New York for years. It had a leaky roof, faulty gutters, mold, humidity damage, bad ventilation, termites – even squirrels in the attic. That is until homeowner Veronique Leblanc came along.

Veronique purchased the house because of the location that offered views of the Mamaroneck Harbor and proximity to the downtown village and country club. She knew she had a lot of work to do. An inefficient envelope and outdated equipment resulted in energy costs averaging $10,000 a year, and the home wasn’t even comfortable to live in.

Veronique planned to retrofit the house with a driving goal of saving energy: “For me, the best energy is the one you don’t use.” She attended a New York Passive House event where she met architect Andreas Benzing. Andreas shared her vision, and the two set out to create the Mamaroneck Passive House.

Under Andreas’ guidance, Veronique chose our ductless cooling and heating system. It delivers the extreme efficiency needed to meet Passive House standards; offers complete control over energy usage and savings; and affords personalized, year-round comfort for the family.

The cherry on top: a 70 percent reduction in energy consumption and the Urban Green Council’s Power to the People Award.

July 21, 2015, 10:21 am

Project Profile: The Market at Liberty Place

The Market at Liberty Place is a popular gathering spot for friends and families in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. LGB Properties, LLC demolished and rebuilt the three-story, 31,000-square-foot building, which now holds nine food vendors, offering everything from seafood to pizza to ice cream and coffee. The challenge when renovating this space was finding an HVAC system that would be efficient and diverse enough to meet any vendor’s needs.

Selecting our VRF system was an easy choice. To heat the patio during the winter, the system reclaims heat from the building’s west side, where the solar load, ovens and grills are located, and transfers it to cooler areas. The same process keeps the patio cool in the summer. Inside, the system maintains a comfortable environment. “On a 100-degree humid day or a cold day, with the door opening and closing, it’s nice in there,” said Larry Bosley, president and CEO of LGB. Between the year-round occupant comfort, quiet operation, low-energy usage and ease of control, Bosley calls our R2-Series VRF system “a dynamite system.”

To learn more about this project, click here.

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June 9, 2015, 12:40 pm

Project Profile: 101 Bedford

101 bedfordLuxury apartments are popping up everywhere these days, each bigger and better than the next. A swimming pool, audio recording studio, rooftop event spaces, spas and wine vaults all sound nice from a renter’s point-of-view. From an HVAC perspective, however, these amenities can pose the ultimate challenge.

The 101 Bedford apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York is a 340,000-square-foot facility with 351 luxury apartments. The building needed an HVAC system that could accommodate the loads demanded by its top-of-the-line amenities. The system also had to be discreet, user friendly and have energy allocation capabilities to match its luxurious design.

David Glickman, president, Glickman Engineering Associates PLLC, determined Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was the only possible choice that would satisfy all of 101 Bedford’s requirements – precise control, quiet operation, low energy consumption, heat recovery and ease of installation. He promptly selected our VRF system due to its sophisticated control network. The owner had experienced the difficulties of tenant billing from a previous project, a 98-unit apartment building. Our network calculates the energy used by each apartment, keeping track of all BTU’s for cooling and heating and thus making issues with billing tenants obsolete.

101 Bedford is now more than just a high-end place to live. It is an icon of indoor environmental control, comfort and convenience.

To read more about 101 Bedford, you can access the case study here.

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