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May 13, 2015, 4:44 pm

Project Profile: M Station Apartments

Foundation Communities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building sustainable and affordable homes for low- to moderate-income families in Austin, Texas. The M Station community is a result of this effort.

Architect Sunshine Mathon, LEED AP and director of design and development for Foundation Communities, designed M Station with an aggressive green building goal of LEED® Platinum certification. A vital component to meeting this goal was our VRF technology.

Mathon selected our R2-Series heat pump systems for the job. Conventional systems would have required 150 compressors for M Station’s 150 apartments – only 19 of our outdoor units were needed. Occupant comfort was the utmost importance. Our systems deliver best-in-class climate control for the tenants year-round.

M Station ultimately exceeded the certification requirements by more than 25 points. To learn more about how our VRF technology helped, click here.

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April 30, 2015, 12:00 pm

Consumer Testimonials: Ed & Stephanie Pacheco

Neighbors of Ed and Stephanie Pacheco were investigating a carbon monoxide leak when they discovered another serious health risk – asbestos in their HVAC ductwork. After hearing the news from next door, Ed and Stephanie took a look at their own HVAC unit and decided it was time to replace the 39-year-old natural gas system. High energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact were at the top of the couple’s list.

Listen to Stephanie, an environmentalist, explain how our ductless system maximizes the home’s energy- and water-saving features. Click here to learn what Ed likes most about their comfort system.

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April 22, 2015, 12:43 pm

Project Profile: Banco del Progreso

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Banco del Progreso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was founded in 1974 and now has more than 50 branches across the country. Banco del Progreso’s Naco branch, located in Santo Domingo’s financial district, was constructed in 1988. In 2012, the bank’s officials decided to renovate the property in an effort to create a more open, modern design.

HVAC distributor MPG y Asociados (MPG), Santo Domingo, suggested our VRF zoning systems for the job for several reasons: high efficiency, quiet operation, extensive warranty and advanced operation. Our discreet ceiling-recessed units complemented the new open design while our sleek wall-mounted units aligned with the bank’s new clean, modern interior decor. The icing on the cake? The installation caused zero disruptions to day-to-day operations, allowing the Naco branch to remain open throughout the entire process.

When all said and done, Banco del Progreso hired Inproca Ingenieria & Proyectos, S.R.L. to conduct an energy usage study, which revealed an astounding 60 percent reduction in energy consumption.

Click here to learn more about the transformation of Banco del Progreso.

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.

February 11, 2015, 9:51 am

Consumer Testimonial: Audrey Bromberger & John Birmingham

Audrey and John had their sights set on retirement and began updating their 1910 home in La Grange Park, Illinois to appeal to potential buyers. The 5-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot space never had air conditioning so installing a cooling and heating system was at the top of the list.

Watch the video below to hear why the homeowners chose our ductless system to provide the comfort they’d been missing. Click here for the case study to learn more about the installation.

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February 4, 2015, 3:04 pm

Project Profile: Century Bank & Trust


Century Bank & Trust (Century Bank), Milledgeville, Georgia, opened in 1898. The 24,000-square-foot, three-level building was renovated 25 years ago but the HVAC system proved to be inefficient and costly. In 2012, Century Bank was determined to find a solution to improve employee and customer comfort without interrupting business.

Brian Robinson, vice president of Century Bank, called in Milledgeville’s Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc. (ACS) to recommend the new system. ACS gathered data on the building’s energy use to predict future energy consumptions using various technologies, including Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF). ACS predicted cost savings using our R2-Series VRF zoning system. The predictions looked promising. Robinson called in a second and third company to conduct studies and confirm the impressive projected savings.

It was easy for Century Bank to conclude that our technology would fulfill every need and it did. Installation was completed within one month with minimal impact. Since the installation only took place at night, the bank remained open during business hours without any interruption. The zoning feature gives each employee personalized comfort control year-round. Best of all, Century Bank saw a monthly average of 56 percent energy savings within the first year.

To learn more about the Century Bank & Trust project, click here.

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January 30, 2015, 3:33 pm

Mitsubishi Electric Installation – and Blog! – Featured on ProudGreenHome.com

January 29_Novogratz on ProudGreenHome_ImageProudGreenHome.com recently shared how TV and design stars Cortney and Bob Novogratz used our ductless technology to convert a shabby one-story bungalow in Los Angeles into a stylish, state-of-the-art home. Sound familiar? You might have read about the amazing transformation on the blog before.

Click here to see what ProudGreenHome.com had to say about the renovation and to watch our video on the home’s overhaul.

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January 20, 2015, 10:10 am

Get In the Zone: Extreme How-To Features Mitsubishi Electric

According to a recent article in Extreme How-To, titled “Get in the Zone – Zone Heating for the Home,” occupants spend an average of 80 percent of their time in only 20 percent of the home. To help homeowners stay warm this winter, without spending unnecessary energy and money on conditioning their entire space, the article chronicles the most basic to the most efficient ways to reap the benefits of zoned heating.

January 20_Extreme How To ImageThe article covers all the options, from adjusting vents in unoccupied rooms to individualized space heating, but lists our very own Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MSZ-FH ductless zoning system as one of the most efficient choices available. Mentioned in its “Hot Products for a Warmer Home” section, the article cites the system’s quick installation, smaller size, individualized comfort capabilities and industry-leading efficiency.

Click here to view the digital version of this article. Click here for more information on our energy-efficient heating solution.

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December 18, 2014, 11:52 am

Project Profile: Brue-Carstens Residence


 

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December 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

Project Profile: La Grange Park Home



John Birmingham and Audrey Bromberger’s 5-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot farm style home was in need of an upgrade. The home was built in 1910 and lacked air conditioning. The owners wanted to update the cooling and heating system without sacrificing any of the valuable living space. The challenge was to find an energy-efficient HVAC system that offers zone control and immediate comfort while preserving as much space as possible.

The homeowners first noticed ductless systems when they were vacationing in Europe. “The only other option was to drop ceilings and put in ductwork, which we didn’t want to do because then you’d lose part of the charm of the house,” Audrey said. After contacting Greg Sutor, HVAC contractor, Sutor Heating & Cooling Inc., it was obvious that our ductless system was really the only viable option. “All other systems would have required significant remodeling and structural alterations,” Sutor said.

The team installed two outdoor units, one on each side of the home. The installation ended ahead of schedule, taking just three days to complete. Our ductless system provides conditioned air right at startup, quiet operation and individual room conditioning, which was a large selling point for Aubrey. “The ability to individually control the rooms is not only very energy efficient but very convenient.”

To read the entire case study, click here.

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