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August 4, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Boathouse District

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The Oklahoma River has a vibrant riverside filled with attractions and stunning architecture. The Oklahoma City (OKC) Boathouse District is central to that vibrancy, with six buildings offering athletic training facilities, event spaces, activities for children and adults, and more. All of those facilities need year-round cooling and heating, but they vary widely in square footage and usage. To meet such ranges across its six buildings, it’s no surprise that the five newest Boathouse District buildings use our VRF systems.

Here’s a brief look at those five facilities:

  • Devon Boathouse. This designated U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site has “a little bit of everything across its 33,000 square feet,” said John Riggs, senior director of operations, OKC Boathouse Foundation. A facility with so many spaces, and with each space dedicated to occupant experience, required an HVAC system with advanced controls.
  • Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. The requirement to fully conceal all HVAC units – both indoor and outdoor – required a creative solution. In this case, the outdoor units were located in the basement.
  • CHK|Central Boathouse. Featuring a performing arts venue, art gallery and workout center, this boathouse has a wide variety of heating loads and unique spaces that all had to be acoustically sound.
  • SandRidge Youth Pavilion. This smaller space, with a high-level, contemporary look required the HVAC system to be discreet, while its ranging people loads required flexibility and speed in responding to adjustments.
  • RIVERSPORT Rapids. An architectural beauty and HVAC challenge, this space needed cooling and heating for a variety of spaces, and a way to conceal the outdoor units. In this case, the outdoor units were located behind a mechanical screen.

Five projects, five sets of challenges and five success stories. As Riggs said, “Working with the Mitsubishi [Electric] systems has been great. They’re unlike any other systems, and they’re fantastic. Very usable.”

To learn more about the Boathouse District and see images of its stunning buildings, check out the case study.

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June 28, 2016, 9:00 am

CITY MULTI® L-Generation Earns Another Honor

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For the second time in two years, our products have been awarded BUILDINGS magazine’s Money-Saving Products Award. This year, it was our CITY MUTLI® L-Generation Air-source technology. In 2015, our Diamond Controls Solutions brought home the honor.

The goal of every product we design is to provide personalized comfort without wasting energy or space. To have two products recognized for their cost-saving attributes highlights just how successful our efforts have been. Paired together, Diamond Controls and L-Generation technologies create a system that is customizable for various commercial applications. We are proud that these systems have been recognized alongside so many other cost-effective building products.

Be sure to check out all of the winning products in BUILDINGS magazine’s June 2016 issue, released earlier this month. To read more about our award winner, click here.

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June 15, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

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Pastoral vistas are almost a prerequisite for a winery, as are unique entertainment spaces where customer comfort is key. At MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (MacRostie), Healdsburg, California, Luke Higgins, director of operations, wanted “an environment of casual sophistication.” The selected HVAC system had to contribute to that environment.

“They also wanted a very open feel to the project,” said Sean Froom, PE, LEED AP, project manager, TEP Engineering, Santa Rosa, California. As the engineer on the project, Froom worked to have a clean, open aesthetic, which meant, “ceilings as high as possible with no exposed ductwork.”

For such an interior space, especially in a building where the options for system location were limited, our system was an excellent solution. Higgins said, “The facility is not ideal for HVAC with so much indoor-outdoor flowing space. So a multi-zone approach made sense.”

Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system could meet every request on the wish list: quiet operation for customer conversation, a small footprint in tight spaces, high efficiency and an aesthetic fit. Moreover, for the cooler, autumn months, Higgins wanted their concrete floor to give off radiant heating. Using a hydronic heat exchanger, Froom’s team was able to tie in this radiant heating system with the VRF system. The result of the decision to go with VRF over a conventional HVAC system was “our dream tasting room,” according to Higgins.

To read more about MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, check out the case study.

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May 11, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: North End Apartments

In Boston’s historic North End, the combination of extreme cold weather and colonial architecture make bringing comfort systems into old, closed-off buildings a demanding challenge. This is especially difficult while trying to maintain the charm and aesthetic of these structures.

Matt Donaghey – builder and managing director at Cricket Realty Holdings, LLC, Waltham, Massachusetts – was familiar with our products. Because of this, he knew that they would be the ideal fit for the strict demands of his Prince Street apartment building. “For the space, we knew that this system was the only realistic option,” Donaghey said.

Part of that was guaranteeing operation during extreme weather. “Usually, the cold isn’t something we need to consider all that often – most systems can handle our weather – but last year (when Boston experienced record snowfall) that really changed. Now we need something that can be highly efficient, especially in really cold weather.” This was the mindset that brought Donaghey to the decision to select our compact Zoning Comfort Solutions™ with Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) technology.

A once old and inefficient building that relied on unattractive window units for cooling and an ancient boiler for heating now has a clean look and reliable efficiency – not to mention heat! “When you have continuous days of sub-zero weather, you have to have the confidence that the system can continue to work,” Donaghey said of his completed project.

To read more about the North End Apartments, check out the case study.

April 19, 2016, 9:00 am

Compact Enough for Your Beach Bag – The Tiny Surf House on HGTV

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This Sunday, April 24, HGTV will be re-airing the episode “Mark and Jen’s Tiny Surf House” on the show Tiny House, Big Living. Complete with a kitchen, bedroom, office and loft space, as well as a patio and garage, this home covers just 224 square feet. A single Mitsubishi Electric split-ductless unit conditions the entire space.

To see more of the Tiny Surf House, tune into HGTV on Sunday at 12 p.m. EST.

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February 25, 2016, 9:00 am

Net-Zero and the New Normal

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In an editorial regarding Net-Zero enthusiasm, architect Ned Cramer questioned, “Why isn’t net-zero as familiar in our technology-worshipping culture as the iPhone? Why don’t we talk about it with as much awe as the Tesla Model S?” These innovations are not only popular – they are part of our culture.

So then why doesn’t net-zero building feel like a fundamental part of our culture, especially when so much of the success with net-zero projects comes from a thoughtful and simple redesign of something we already use? We know to anticipate the newest iteration of our favorite electronics each year, but green technologies are constantly innovating and updating as well. Windows, for example, can be angled to either contain or release heat. This simple rethinking of traditional windows can naturally regulate the temperature of a home, which in turn saves on energy and associated costs. On bigger projects, energy recovery technology can even utilize heat that would otherwise be dispelled, creating a source of comfort.

Building professionals have the capacity to imagine these intuitive, efficient designs and now have the tools to make these projects not only a reality, but a modern inevitability. As the newest smartphones draw crowds for a new product release, so too should each green milestone be celebrated.

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February 23, 2016, 9:00 am

Project Profile: Drummond Island Medical Center

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Pressed against the Canadian border, Drummond Island, Michigan, has a population of slightly more than 1,000 people, which means their demands on space and infrastructure are equally small. With such irregular use, a few multi-use buildings make more sense than many sprawling, single-use buildings. Such was the Drummond Island Medical Center, which houses x-ray and therapy rooms, as well as clinical offices and a dental office, where our M-Series systems were installed to provide targeted comfort when needed.

Because the medical center served so many functions, some facilities were often used far more than others. Chairman of the Medical Center Board, Anne Stadler, said of the 60-year-old facility, “It was important for us to be able to turn the temperature down or up in individual rooms. The dentist is here just two times a month, so there’s no need to heat her office if she’s not there.” Selecting our zoned solutions offered patients and staff personalized comfort while using energy only as necessary.

Stadler’s other focus was to select a system that would save on cost and have a small footprint. Our system did this as well, saving the medical center as much as $6,000 in rebates, and the units are so small and quiet that the patients can hardly recognize from where the comfortable air is coming.

To read more about the Drummond Island Medical Center, check out the case study.

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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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