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August 18, 2015, 2:19 pm

Top 10 Countries for LEED® Green Building

August 18_Top 10 Countries for LEED ImageThe U.S. Green Building Council released its annual ranking of the Top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the U.S.

The countries are ranked by the gross square meters (GSM) and number of LEED projects in their respective nations. Canada takes the lead with over 26 million GSM of LEED space. Canada also boasts over 4,814 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects.

The list also includes several developing countries, such as China and India, which are projected to be the largest contributors to climate change in the coming years. Their inclusion on the list shows the growth of green building and the importance of LEED in controlling emissions and staving off global warming.

Although the list focuses on countries outside of the U.S., the U.S. remains the largest market for sustainable building and construction.

Here are the other countries leading the world in green building:

  1. Canada
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Brazil
  5. Republic of Korea
  6. Germany
  7. Taiwan
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Turkey
  10. Sweden

Check out the full ranking.

March 5, 2015, 2:32 pm

Project Profile: Little Green House


The lot where the Little Green House resides in Nashville, Tennessee, sat vacant for some time before builder Ryan Nichols, co-founder, Green Home, took interest. The land was tricky to build on due to steep topography and its small size. Nichols, however, saw the lot’s limitations as inspiration to design one of the area’s first passive solar houses.

The result was an 1,100-square-foot icon of sustainable residential development. The home features an angled tin roof with an overhang to control incoming light, a cantilevered second floor, charred oak siding, a rain garden and a glass garage door. Nichols’ team selected our ductless zoning system for the HVAC design. The system’s high efficiency, quiet operation and zone control made it a perfect fit for this sustainable bungalow.

Our ductless system also helped the team achieve its energy goals. The Little Green House averages an impressive $75 per month in electricity bills and earned LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Click here to learn more about the construction of this home.

March 4, 2015, 9:53 am

Top 10 States for LEED®

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED®. The list ranks the states based on the per-capita square footage of LEED-certified commercial and institutional projects. Illinois topped the list for the second year in a row.

Here are the states that are leading the nation in green building today:
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  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. Arizona, New York (tie)

Click here for the full ranking and here to learn about USGBC’s rating system, LEED v4.

October 23, 2014, 9:20 am

Join Us at Greenbuild 2014 While You Still Can!

October 23_Greenbuild 2014

The popularity of the green movement is undeniable, which is why you don’t want to miss out on the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Greenbuild), the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building.

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USGBC President Roger Platt presents
the USGBC Best of Building Award to
our Senior Director of Commercial Sales,
Dennis Cobb.

Thousands of building enthusiasts attended the first day of this year’s conference, which takes place this week (October 22-24) in New Orleans. The annual event invites attendees to participate in LEED® workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, network with other professionals and check out new green building products and technologies.

Day 1 was certainly a success for our team. We had the pleasure of visiting with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President Roger Platt, who stopped by our booth on the exhibition floor (booth #2947) to congratulate us on our recent USGBC Best of Building Award win. Many attendees stopped by to learn about our unique, state-of-the-art HVAC systems and solutions as well, including our most recent advancement in intelligent zone control. The SmartME Zone Controller is an innovative single-source integrated controls solution that offers easier, more convenient, system-wide HVAC control and monitoring.

Today’s the last day of the exhibition so stop by our booth while you still can and say hello!

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September 23, 2014, 9:47 am

Our VRF Zoning Systems Win USGBC Best of Building Award

September 23_USGBC Best of Building Award Win Image

We’re excited to announce that our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems were selected as the winner in the Best Product for HVAC/Indoor Air Quality/Building Controls category of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2014 Best of Building Awards.

USGBC started the Best of Building Award this year to recognize the best products, projects and organizations that are making an impact in green building. According to USGBC, winners represent the most progressive and innovative ideas in the fields of green architecture, engineering and manufacturing. We’re honored to be the only HVAC manufacturer on USGBC’s list of winners.

All nominees and winners were selected and voted on by members of USGBC. Nominees must also be USGBC members (we’ve been members since 2007). USGBC is made up of nearly 13,000 of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability and green building.

A full list of winners can be viewed at USGBC’s website.

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August 13, 2014, 11:44 am

USGBC Expands Online Data Visualization Resource

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Back in April, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of its U.S. online data visualization resource – a comprehensive, easy-to-understand platform that provides extensive information on the green building marketplace by state.

On July 9, based on the success of the U.S. platform, the USGBC announced the release of an international version of the online resource. The new edition not only allows users to access aggregated LEED® green building project information for the U.S., but provides facts and figures for more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway.

The international market briefs include such details as:

  • LEED projects by owner sector.

  • Number of LEED-registered and –certified projects.

  • In-market LEED credentialed professionals and USGBC members.

  • Rating system and space type for all countries with building projects participating in the LEED green building rating system.

The expanded resource comes as a response to the global surge of LEED projects in recent years. Gross commercial square footage certified outside the U.S. by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) rose from 156 million to 176 million square feet from 2012 to 2013, while more than 648 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified outside the U.S. today, according to the USGBC.

As a long-time member of the USGBC, we’re excited to see such a valuable resource expanded to the international level. Click here to view the USGBC press release.

August 5, 2014, 3:09 pm

USGBC Report Confirms Green Market is Growing

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2014 LEED® in Motion: Residential report, the latest installment of its LEED in Motion series. The 36-page report includes facts and figures that prove the residential green market and LEED are gaining ground in the industry.

Readers will find:

  • Statistics on the size and growth of the green residential market.
  • Successful strategies and outcomes of high-achieving LEED for Homes projects.
  • Valuable resources like LEED Dynamic Plaque®, which shows how the performance of your LEED for Homes-certified construction matches up with other certified residential constructions in the area and nationwide.

We’ve compiled what we think are the key findings in the infographic above. To download the free LEED in Motion: Residential report, click here.

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July 25, 2014, 11:09 am

Chicagoland: Come See Us in the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour!

The Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is hosting its second annual GreenBuilt Home Tour this Saturday and Sunday, July 26 – 27, 2014. The tour features 18 homes across Illinois and is meant to serve as a showcase of green building and design ideas. We’ve signed on as a sponsor of the event, and you can find our products in two homes near the Chicago area.

The event helps raise public awareness about healthy and sustainable building practices in real-world applications. Homeowners looking to renovate an existing home or build a new home can connect with the area’s most accomplished green-building pros to get ideas and ask questions.

The two homes featuring our products are:

SmartHaus in Northbrook, Illinois, is a LEED® Platinum Home that incorporates passive and active solar technologies, a high-performance building envelope and our ductless systems. The homeowners particularly enjoy their ductless system’s filtration features. Check out what they had to say on Chicago’s WGNtv this week.

SmartHaus, Northbrook, Illinois, Photo from greenbuilthometour.org

SmartHaus, Northbrook, Illinois, Photo from greenbuilthometour.org


Uber Haus in Geneva, Illinois, is designed to meet some of the most rigorous residential green building standards in the world: Passive House, Living Building Challenge and LEEDv4 Platinum. The project is still under construction, but architect and builder duo Tom Basset-Dilley Architect and Evolutionary Home Builders have teamed up before with great results. For proof, check out the Lema Passive House in Chicago, where the two designed and built Chicago’s first Certified Passive House.

Uber Haus, Geneva, Illinois, Rendering from greenbuilthometour.org

Uber Haus, Geneva, Illinois, Rendering from greenbuilthometour.org


Tickets can be purchased on the GreenBuilt Home Tour website. An all-access pass for unlimited visits both days is $25.00. Single home passes are $10.00, with all proceeds going to support USGBC-Illinois Chapter initiatives. We hope to see you there!

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May 21, 2014, 1:01 pm

Real-Time Green Building Data Now Available – An Industry First

May 21_USGBC Launches Green Building Data Resource
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is one step closer to achieving its goal of market transformation by making “the choice to build green buildings…even simpler,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, the USGBC’s chief operating officer.

USGBC launched a new online data visualization resource on April 23, which offers a comprehensive but easy-to-understand look at the green building marketplace in any U.S. state at any given time. With this new resource, building professionals now have unprecedented access to a wealth of real-time LEED® data and information, including:

  • Number of LEED-registered and –certified projects

  • Gross square footage of LEED-registered and –certified space

  • Number of LEED-credentialed professionals

  • Number of USGBC members

  • Project Profile Scorecard

No other organization provides insight to this level of data and information, according to Ramanujam. The USGBC believes the transparency of information will equip green building advocates – both building professionals and enthusiastic consumers alike – with the right tools to continue driving the sustainable building movement into the mainstream.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating has been a proud member of USGBC since 2007.

For more information, click here for the press release from the USGBC. To see the presence LEED and green building has in your state, visit USGBC.org/advocacy/market-brief.

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July 12, 2013, 1:27 pm

LEED v4 Passes USGBC Vote

On July 2, after many months of delays, USGBC members voted to approve LEED® v4 by a margin of 86 percent. Originally dubbed LEED 2012, the name was changed to LEED v4 after controversy prompted the USGBC to postpone the vote from 2012 to 2013.

Like all versions of LEED, v4 is detailed, (the User Guide alone is nearly 40 pages). It includes criteria for everything from site selection to bike racks to lighting.

To save you some time, we highlighted the new and most notable features. Here’s a breakdown of the most significant changes in categories where our products have traditionally helped earn points.

New and Notable from LEED v4

LEED v4 includes two major developments that will be important to any July 12_LEEDv4 Imagebuilding going for LEED certification. The first key change is a significant expansion in market sector. LEED v4 addresses 21 different market sector adaptations, much greater than the scant few called out in previous versions of LEED. New sectors include new and existing data centers, new and existing warehouse and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail and multifamily midrise.

Second, LEED v4 includes a new Integrative Process credit. In a category by itself, this credit encourages collaboration across project teams to conduct early analysis of energy and water systems to inform design.

LEED v4 also contains significant updates to the two categories where VRF zoning systems can contribute valuable points.

Changes to the Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Category include the following:

  • Prerequisite: Minimum Energy Performance and Credit: Optimize Energy Performance. To meet LEED v4 requirements, all buildings must meet or exceed ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 (LEED 2009 required meeting ASHRAE 90.1-2007). The 2010 version of ASHRAE 90.1 calls for a 30 percent energy improvement over the 2004 standard (the 2007 standard improved on the efficiency called for in the 2004 version only by a few percentage points). This requirement will vastly increase the efficiencies of LEED v4-certified buildings.
  • Prerequisite: Building-Level Energy Metering Measurement and Verification and Credit: Advanced Metering. These effectively replace the LEED 2009 Measurement and Verification credit and require each building to implement metering to monitor actual energy use.

Changes to the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Category include the following:

  • Prerequisite: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance. LEED v4 includes additional requirements for outside air delivery and incorporates criteria from the LEED 2009 credit for Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
  • Credit: Thermal Comfort. This replaces the existing Thermal Comfort – Design credit and has been updated to require meeting ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 .

The USGBC will offer education on LEED v4 this summer in the form of webinars and will unveil the full program in November at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. You can download the complete User Guide here for a comprehensive review of LEED v4.

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