Our customers and engineers got a unique tour of New Orleans, courtesy of our Southwest Business Unit (SWBU). The SWBU held a special event while down in The Big Easy for Greenbuild 2014 and guided select attendees on a tour of the French Quarter. The outing included stops at landmark establishments that highlighted successful CITY MULTI® Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning installations in the popular neighborhood.
The Palace Café, French Market Inn and Tableau Restaurant rounded out the tour destinations. Our Commercial Manager Steve Jones, Mechanical Engineer Henry Delgado and Commercial Regional Manager Keith Reihl discussed VRF zoning technology, its efficiency and benefits at each stop. Attendees also learned about the HVAC problems these historic buildings presented and why our technology was selected as the solution:
- Palace Café: The restaurant’s large, open, two-story atrium features a glass store front that provided an unusual cooling challenge. The previous air-conditioning system simply could not handle the incredible heat-gain from the glass. Our Y-Series heat pump system was installed conveniently using the building’s existing ductwork. Our high-static PEFY ducted indoor units deliver the precise cooling loads of the entire space and optimal comfort for the café patrons, no matter what the temperature is outside.
- French Market Inn: The 1800s hotel needed a highly-efficient system that offered zone control, simultaneous cooling and heating and the ability to preserve its historic architecture. Our R2-Series VRF zoning system offered a solution that did not require structural alterations and the technology needed to better maintain the hotel’s historic integrity. The system’s simultaneous cooling and heating resulted in increased efficiency, energy savings and comfort for all guests.
- Tableau Restaurant: The high-end restaurant needed a system that could maintain the desired temperature throughout the entire dining area, especially when crowded during peak hours, and quiet operation to not disturb guests. Ceiling space was also limited and, because it’s a historic building, the HVAC design had to comply with historical codes and requirements. The restaurant’s owner also owns Palace Café. He was so pleased with the comfort, efficiency, performance and ease of maintenance of our systems that he had our heat pumps installed in the sister restaurant.
Events such as this highlight our commitment to our Mitsubishi Electric supporters and show how proud we are of our installations in historic districts such as the French Quarter.