Posts tagged ‘residential’

March 29, 2017, 9:00 am

HGTV Star Sabrina Soto Transforms Her Garage

HGTV star and designer, Sabrina Soto, remodeled her home’s garage in Studio City, California, into a functional design studio. Her new flexible workspace features wooden cabinets, vibrant furnishings, large design tables and our Zoned Comfort Solutions™. With zoned technology in her newly designed garage, Soto can work comfortably year-round while having the luxury of being within steps from her living room.

During a recent interview with ApartmentTherapy, Soto said, “After living out the better part of my 30s in a three-room rented Manhattan apartment, I couldn’t wait to create a home studio space that reflected my design aesthetic ‒ fun, playful, modern and effervescent ‒ when I moved to Los Angeles. This space is a true labor of love. I gathered all the tips I employed while designing amazing spaces for my HGTV families over the years and applied them to create a real usable workable space.”

We’re delighted that our products helped Soto create her dream studio. Click here to see more photos.

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March 1, 2017, 9:00 am

Providing Comfort on the Road to Recovery

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In late 2016, Elite Diamond Contractor™, Augusta Fuel, Augusta, Maine, donated labor to install our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ in The Maine Chance Lodge & Retreat, in Belgrade, Maine. The retreat is a part of The Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, and dedicates its time to assisting combat-injured veterans. The foundation created the retreat to let veterans and their families visit and relax year-round in a stress-free environment after leaving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

The foundation bought and refurbished a historic mansion built by cosmetics pioneer, Elizabeth Arden, in the late 1920s. The almost 9,000-square-foot property was remodeled and divided into family suites that will be available to veterans and their families. The retreat is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017, ready to provide families with the care and comfort they need.

We are honored that our products can support the efforts of the Travis Mills Foundation, and are deeply grateful that we can provide comfort to those who serve to keep our homes safe everyday.

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January 26, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Concord Riverwalk

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A few years ago, Dan Gainsboro, founder and principal of NOW Communities, LLC, Concord, Massachusetts, built the award-winning community of Concord Riverwalk. The West Concord, Massachusetts, development consists of 13 Zero Energy Ready Homes.

While planning the development, Gainsboro faced his largest challenge ‒ finding a system that would cool and heat the homes in an unpredictable climate while also offering impressive energy efficiency. With research and expertise from ZeroEnergy Design, Boston, Gainsboro knew our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ would keep these houses comfortable and efficient even in New England’s icy winter weather.

Gainsboro said, “Japanese-designed mini-splits are just bulletproof. They require little maintenance and are reliable. And the efficiencies!” Gainsboro also noted how year-round performance was a big consideration in the selection process. He continued, “I’ve had good luck with Mitsubishi [Electric] in the past; they’re a bit ahead of the others in terms of addressing concerns related to heating.”

Since project completion, Concord Riverwalk has received media attention across the building industry, applauding its innovative concept and exceptional performance. According to Gainsboro, the residents have also been extremely pleased, especially with their homes’ comfort and low energy costs. Gainsboro said, “I think people are generally pretty satisfied with the return-on-investment for their high-performance home. I believe one resident’s daily electricity is 25 cents a day!”

To read more about Concord Riverwalk, check out the full case study here.

January 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Stash Residence

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When Jenny and Aaron Stash wanted to settle down in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, they searched for a house that would meet their requirements. For the Stashes, that meant sustainability, high indoor air quality and energy efficiency. After an unsuccessful search, the Stashes decided to build a home of their own. They carefully designed and built a three-floor, 3,500-square-foot house and incorporated many sustainable elements into its architecture. The Stashes outfitted the home with bamboo flooring, fiber-cement siding, LED lighting and one of our extremely energy-efficient cooling and heating systems.

The Stashes called in Michael S. Kollman, AIA, LEED AP and the president of SmartHaus, Inc., Prairie View, Illinois, a high-performance home design-build company, to find an HVAC system. The selected system would need to provide year-round comfort and be energy-efficient. Kollman worked with two University of Illinois engineers to find an answer for the house. The result: our Zoned Comfort Solutions™.

Kollman said, “Mini-split heat pumps with a conditioned energy recovery ventilation system would give us all the features we wanted and the highest-obtainable indoor air quality. We also looked at geothermal, radiant and forced air systems, but because the envelope is so efficient we just didn’t need a tremendous amount of energy. Mini-splits were the perfect solution.”

The Stashes’ home qualified for LEED® Platinum certification thanks, in part, to our system’s ability to reduce distribution losses and optimize energy. In addition to helping achieve LEED certification, our system also allowed the Stashes to see a great reduction in energy usage. Compared to other houses in Illinois, the Stashes’ home uses just one-quarter of the energy each month!

To read more about the Stashes’ LEED-certified home and how it saves energy all year round, check out the full case study.

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January 4, 2017, 9:00 am

Will Homebuyers Pay for Efficiency?

Yes.

To this point, the latest McGraw-Hill Construction report on new and remodeled green homes found that energy-efficient appliances are some of the first things homebuyers look for in a new house — second only to having enough square footage to live comfortably. This was true for both millennials and baby boomers — two generations poised to purchase homes in great numbers.

Why do homebuyers look for energy-efficient appliances? To save on monthly costs and anything related to maintenance. It’s common knowledge that HVAC systems account for a significant portion of monthly energy costs, so many homebuyers think of these systems first. In the latest study by the National Association of Realtors, homebuyers were asked to rank which features are most important to them in their new house. Respondents said HVAC systems were the number one essential feature when it comes to environment.

It’s no surprise the appetite for energy-efficient appliances and the concern over HVAC energy costs has resulted in strong and ever-increasing consumer demand for energy-efficient HVAC. Countless studies and surveys are concluding this very same thing — some looking at demand, others at supply. One example is Navigant Research’s recent report showing that annual revenue from energy-efficient HVAC systems will almost double in the next 15 years, growing to $33.2 billion by 2020.

For builders, the focus on energy-efficient appliances — and energy-efficient HVAC in particular — is an incredible opportunity. If homebuyers are looking for appliances from trusted, well-known brands, builders can feature these products. If buyers are searching out green-certified homes, builders can embark on green projects. This seems to be a time of “if you build it, they will come.” And, even more so, “if you build it energy-efficient, they will buy.”

If you want to learn more about why homebuyers want efficient products in their homes, check out our Builder newsletter.

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December 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Brannon Gardens

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Brannon Gardens is a newly built community in the suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, offering customizable, ranch-style homes. As residents began to move in, several complained about experiencing thermal discomfort on the bedroom level. The cause: ineffective traditional HVAC. The entire community – some already built, some just spec’d – would need to find a solution to address the zoning issues. That solution: our Zoned Comfort Solutions.

William Richmond, owner and president, Richmond Mechanical, Inc., Lexington, worked with the home builder to fix the airflow issue. Richmond came to the conclusion that dampers would not solve anything and adding a second HVAC system wasn’t practical. The project team took interest in our systems’ INVERTER technology, among many other features and benefits. For Richmond, the answer was clear: “I researched all of the brands. Mitsubishi [Electric] is the only one that goes to 13 below zero. It’s the only one that has a 3-ton air handler you can put ducts on and run to multiple rooms.”

With our Zoned Comfort Solutions, residents of the Brannon Gardens community can now achieve comfort in all parts of their homes at a lower cost of operation. Many residents are also using our kumo cloud programmable controller app, which allows them to control their indoor units remotely over their smartphone, tablet or computer.

To learn about Brannon Gardens, which will build another 200+ homes in the next four years, outfitted exclusively with our cooling and heating systems, read the entire case study here.

November 29, 2016, 9:00 am

Updating a Homeowner’s Comfort

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Are your customers in the Northeast interested in updating their cooling and heating system, and want to learn more about our Zoned Comfort Solutions™?

Now, you can direct them to a new page on our Comfort website specifically designed for their region. Homeowners can learn about our zoned technology and how it can provide them year-round comfort. But beyond just learning information about the technology, customers can also schedule a consultation with a local Diamond Contractor™ and see which products qualify for local utility rebates.

If consumers are eager to stay connected with Mitsubishi Electric, they can also download a brochure about our heat pumps and subscribe for continual updates about products and our involvement in the HVAC industry.

We are excited to share this new, valuable resource with you; don’t forget to share it with your customers!

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November 9, 2016, 9:00 am

Providing the Comfort of Home to Our Service Men and Women

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Zoned Comfort Solutions™ in the “Veterans Village” of tiny houses, as a part of the Veterans Community Project.

A daily routine is something most of us take for granted. While our lives may get stressful from time to time, nothing compares to the challenges our soldiers face while serving our country. Men and women in the United States Armed Forces put their lives on hold so we may enjoy our family, friends and a safe home. On this Veterans Day, we remember how important it is to recognize the service of all U.S. military veterans.

When veterans transition back to civilian life, they take on a new challenge they may not have faced before. Fortunately, there are many nonprofit organizations that help make this transition smoother. We sponsor Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), New Braunfels, Texas and they assist wounded veterans by providing a custom-built, mortgage-free home tailored to their needs and the needs of their family. In Kansas City, Missouri, the Veterans Community Project (VCP) also offers a holistic support system for homeless veterans – providing housing, food and counseling.

Our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ have been donated to numerous custom houses in support of both OFH and the VCP. We are proud to work with these organizations and to support veterans in the way we know best: keeping them comfortable.

October 6, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: McVille Manor

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McVille Manor, located in Madison County, Alabama, has been passed down through one family since it was first built in 1814. The house also holds a place on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Through the years, McVille Manor has seen its share of expansions and renovations; however, none of them adequately addressed the home’s cooling and heating issues. In a climate that can easily reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 100 percent humidity, window units just weren’t doing the job. The 200-year-old home needed a minimally invasive system that could preserve the home, itself, as well as its original character.

Since the house is old and fragile, it could not support conventional ductwork. After consulting with contractors, museum curators and an architect, homeowner Marguerite Ellison chose our Zoned Comfort Solutions™, mixing and matching wall-mounted and floor-mounted units depending on what each space allowed and what looked best.

Eddy Childress, owner, Childress Air Conditioning & Heating, New Market, Alabama, was already a fan of Mitsubishi Electric before installing Zoned Comfort Solutions at McVille Manor: “With this system, you can install with limited impact to the space – not having to cut large holes in the walls or floor.” The house can now maintain a comfortable indoor environment year-round. With that reliable comfort finally secured, McVille Manor will soon begin hosting events, tours and weddings.

To learn more about the project and see a 360-degree virtual tour of the house, click here.

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September 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Student Housing Serves New Specials

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College campuses are trending, and not just with restaurant-quality dining or extra-curricular activities; they’re attracting high school graduates with student housing – specifically with “live and learn” residential communities. Building Design + Construction magazine reported on these newly developed accommodations that are practical and productive for students. A lot sounded familiar to the conversations we have surrounding the importance of smart HVAC solutions:

  • Universities Go Big With Common Spaces and Academic Areas.” When choosing housing, students look for a space that serves academic and social purposes because “a lot of what students learn isn’t in the classroom.” Therefore, residential areas must include space for students to study collaboratively or individually. For students to work comfortably in these areas, residential spaces should have an HVAC system with zoning abilities and that can quickly and effectively respond to shifting occupancy levels.
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  • Housing Gets Branded as Lifestyle Takes Center Stage.” On- and off-campus housing that includes market-rate apartment amenities such as pools, fitness and media centers, and rock-climbing walls can encourage students to rent through university housing before looking to local apartment communities. To create physical space and a pleasant environment for these amenities, HVAC equipment must be small and whisper quiet; students want a rooftop pool, not a compressor farm.
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  • Cost Plays a Bigger Role in What Gets Built.” Although comfortable and productive living spaces are ideal for campus housing, some schools are having a difficult time finding the land and capital to improve their accommodations. A large component of this problem is that colleges don’t have the resources and management experience to operate an expanded housing portfolio. However, if these schools are unable to renovate their housing entirely, they can start the process by upgrading to a new HVAC system. Energy-efficient systems offer schools reduced energy usage and low utility bills in addition to increased resident comfort.

To learn more about how HVAC can benefit the design and construction of student housing, check out these case studies featuring our products: The Suites on Paseo and Montserrat College of Art, Residential Village.

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