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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 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 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 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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September 20, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Robb Home

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Michelle Robb is no ordinary homeowner – perhaps you even recognize her name. As our very own Director of Residential Marketing, Robb knows HVAC inside and out. So you can understand what a vote of confidence it is that, when faced with replacing her home’s old HVAC system, she chose none other than our Diamond Comfort System™.

The selected Diamond Comfort System, comprised of MXZ outdoor units and a combination of MVZ and SEZ indoor units, offered Robb true zoning. She said, “There are two of us in the home: my 84-year-old mom and me. I’m not home much, so we were conditioning an entire home when only one person was there during the day.”

Zoned technology also offered Robb something she wasn’t seeing much with other manufacturers: the option for ducted units with an INVERTER-driven compressor. She said, “A multi-position unit would work when nothing else would. Most of the time, we live in the den/kitchen area. There wasn’t a wall location that lent itself to a wall-mounted unit. And I’d done major renovations to the ceiling, so no space could accommodate a lay-in. Multi-position was it!”

Since installation, Robb has been controlling her units through our kumo cloud™ programmable controller app. “I didn’t want anything on the walls – aesthetically – so Mitsubishi Electric’s kumo cloud app was great. But my mom needed to control her area not through an app. Obviously, I want my mom to be comfortable, which meant her own set of controls. So she now has her own zone with her own wall-mounted controller.”

Between the zoning and controls options, Robb and her mother are enjoying true personalized comfort. To learn more about the project, check out the case study here.

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September 6, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Olsen Residence

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Gregg Olsen is a partner with Larry March in Eagle Services, Gilbert, Arizona – a business that offers plumbing, electrical and air conditioning. That experience meant that when it came time to design his new, 3,450-square-foot house, Olsen designed not just the overall layout, but also the actual systems behind its walls. When it came to HVAC, he had three needs: indoor air quality, dollar value and zones. Olsen felt that our Zoned Comfort Solutions met all his needs. It’s a product he knew well after installing it for so many of his own customers.

“I’ve always liked the idea of Mitsubishi [Electric] ductless. These systems give you the ability to cool individual zones,” said Olsen. For the 10 zones in his personal home, some areas can be turned off while others are providing cooling or heating. Everyone can be comfortable, and the Olsens’ only pay to condition the rooms that are occupied. “That is just a much more appealing system than a conventional system. You’re not throwing air where it doesn’t need to go. It’s a no-brainer.”

Olsen trusted our zoned technology, specifically, after years of personal experience from the HVAC contractor side. “When you look at other brands, their infrastructure is not as defined. My company’s history with Mitsubishi [Electric] dates back seven and a half years; we’ve seen that the infrastructure is all there. Parts are readily available, making it easier to begin and complete a project, and to quickly handle any repairs that occur down the line.”

Now, Olsen is his own happy customer. “The system works great. It’s extremely energy-efficient, and that ability to cool rooms when you’re in them has been absolutely perfect. The system maintains the temperature while operating so quietly you hardly know it’s on.”

To read more about the project and how the Olsens’ bills are almost 30 percent less than their neighbors’, check out the case study here.

August 2, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Treat House

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Natalie and Tom Treat wanted an eco-friendly and sustainable home – “something as net-zero as possible,” Tom said. When they couldn’t find such a house in their price range, and their exploration into retrofitting a house to be green came up empty, the couple decided to buy land and build an affordable, energy-efficient modular home in Salisbury, Massachusetts. For cooling and heating, the couple selected our Zoned Comfort Solutions. The result is what Natalie called a “modern, low-impact home that we feel very lucky to live in.”

Even before the project, Natalie was knowledgeable about zoned technology given her job with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. “My organization does a lot of work on market strategies to advance energy efficiency. So I was aware of the value of heat pumps, and of Mitsubishi Electric specifically . . . I’ve long known that Mitsubishi Electric is an industry leader. They have a high-quality product. They’ve also been involved in moving the bar forward in terms of market research. So they’re a leader in a lot of ways.”

The Treats opted for a Hyper-Heating INVERTER (H2i®) system for its proven operation during Massachusetts’ cold winters. Reliable comfort has been especially important to the couple since welcoming their first child. Natalie said, “Having a baby necessitated putting the set point a little higher. It’s nice to be in a warm house.”

Thanks to the efficient equipment along with plenty of insulation, a higher wintertime set point hasn’t meant a high-energy bill. Natalie said, “We had a utility bill of something like $300. We were asking our neighbor about it and he said, ‘Are you kidding me? Our bill was $1,300.’ So we’re doing pretty well from a cost perspective . . . The whole Mitsubishi Electric experience has been wonderful.”

To read more about the Treats’ experience, including seeing what their circuit monitoring has shown about system performance, check out the case study here.

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July 19, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: St. Patrick Catholic Church

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Since its inception, St. Patrick Catholic Church (St. Patrick’s) in Lake Forest, Illinois, has been a place for the community to gather. As the Lake Forest community grew over time, the 3,900-square-foot building underwent several structural renovations to accommodate new members and guests. In 2016, after tolerating many years without air conditioning, the church installed a new HVAC system in an effort to make the space more comfortable for the large congregation. It turned to our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology.

Gianfranco Isaia, the church’s facilities and construction manager, said the church was able to bear the winter weather with boilers in the basement, but when it came to the humid summers in Illinois, St. Patrick’s didn’t have air conditioning to create a comfortable environment.

Isaia contacted John Domenz, vice president, North Town Mechanical Services, Roselle, Illinois. Domenz recommended our VRF because of its minimal piping, small equipment footprint and superior performance. He said, “We could install Mitsubishi Electric units in the space without damaging the building’s architecture. We’ve used Mitsubishi Electric products on several other projects in the past, and we’re always sold on the reliability of the systems.”

Upon Isaia’s agreement, installation began. Since completion, the experience has been very positive for St. Patrick’s. Isaia said, “When we unveiled the renovation, including the new [HVAC] units, over 150 people turned out. I had plenty of people come up to me and say how comfortable it was in the church. Since, I have not heard one person say they are a nuisance or obtrusive. And the units are cooling down the building in several minutes during the hot days. The temperature will drop by 10 degrees in less than 4 minutes.”

To read more about St. Patrick’s experience with VRF, check out the case study here.


Don’t miss Chicago area’s GreenBuilt Home Tour

Do you call the Chicago metropolitan area home? If so, check out the 2017 GreenBuilt Home Tour, July 22 – 23! You’ll have a chance to visit 11 different homes in the northern Illinois area, including four with our systems playing a key role. All homes on the tour are third-party verified by programs such as ENERGY STAR® for Homes, LEED® for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, GreenStar and Passivhaus Institut – EnerPHit. We’re excited and honored to be a sponsor of the fifth annual tour. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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July 5, 2017, 9:00 am

VRF’s Role in Oklahoma City’s River Revitalization

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The Oklahoma City (OKC) Boathouse District is central to the recent revitalization of the Oklahoma River. Its six buildings offer athletic training facilities, event spaces, activities for children and adults, and more. With such a wide range of cooling and heating needs across its six buildings, it’s no surprise the five newest Boathouse District buildings selected our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems.

The first of the five buildings to receive VRF was Devon Boathouse, what OKC Boathouse Foundation Senior Director John Riggs called a “stunning, high-performance facility, and a designated U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site. There’s a little bit of everything across its 33,000 square feet…” A facility with multiple spaces, and each space dedicated to occupant experience, it required an HVAC system that offered not only zoning abilities but advanced controls. “This is about access – the ability to remote in and change things on the fly. A high level of access and control means you can manage energy costs and customers’ comfort. VRF offers that kind of access,” said Riggs. Our systems also offered a flexible design and discreet operation.

After such a positive experience, the Boathouse District continued using VRF technology on other projects. The next was the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, which required a flexible installation due to the structure’s castellated beams. After that was the CHK|Central Boathouse, whose performances spaces have a variety of heating loads, and VRF offered the ability to ramp up when the spaces were occupied and ramp down between performances.

Following those two projects, the SandRidge Youth Pavilion needed an HVAC system that could match its high-level, contemporary look, and our VRF was a fit. The most recent project, RIVERSPORT Rapids, is a high-performance building that combines the HVAC needs of all that came before it – zoning, flexibility and aesthetics.

We’re so honored and excited to see our systems applied to such an important, wide-ranging project. The Boathouse District has become a hugely popular area destination. It’s no wonder: its beautiful buildings offer spaces to train Olympians, take in a show, do recreational or sporting activities, or just sit back and enjoy a nice, comfortable afternoon. Learn more.

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June 14, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Primrose School of South Tampa

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Primrose Schools provide early childhood education at over 300 franchised locations across the country. One Florida location – the Primrose School of South Tampa, serving students from six weeks old to first grade – stands out as a feat of engineering and construction. Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology is a big part of that showcase, and has helped the school earn LEED® Silver certification alongside impressive energy savings.

This project was particularly interesting because of its urban location, which meant the selected HVAC system required a small footprint and a flexible, easy installation. Rick Radtke, who co-owns this and two other Primrose Schools with his wife, said, “A traditional Primrose has a condenser farm on the grounds, but I needed that space for playgrounds. With VRF, I could build a roof well – get all of the condensers up on the roof in a very small space.”

Mark Pavey, AIA, principal architect, Children’s Design Group, Gulf Shores, Alabama, hadn’t previously worked with VRF, but was impressed by the idea. “It seemed like a good technology for energy savings, and the ability to vary the output of the units to match the demand made it very attractive.”

Since installation, the project team is confident in their decisions. Pavey said, “The indoor air quality at this school is excellent. In a split system, you have to condition to the maximum load. With this system you match the load to the capacity; it’s a huge advantage for controlling humidity.” Radtke is also pleased with the school’s energy consumption. “I’ve built two other Primroses. This one is twice as big but my electricity bill runs about 20 percent less than the other two schools combined!”

To read more about why Radtke is “just absolutely in love with the system,” check out the case study here.

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