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Here’s How and Why VRF Zoning Technology is on the Rise



Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) zoning technology has been a significant player in the HVAC field worldwide for decades before we launched it in the U.S. market in 2003. According to a GSA report, as of 2012, VRF zoning technology represented only 3 percent of the U.S. industry but about 24 percent of the global commercial HVAC market. Our own senior marketing manager of commercial products, Mike Smith, sat down with BUILDINGS editor Christopher Curtland for the cover article of the magazine’s January 2014 issue to discuss how VRF zoning technology has been and will continue to be on the rise.

For BUILDINGS’ audience of building owners and facility management professionals, Curtland offers a simple breakdown of the system’s benefits to show the true value behind VRF zoning systems:

  • Superior Functionality. VRF zoning systems can simultaneously cool and heat separate zones, using recovered heat from spaces being cooled for use in spaces being heated and vice versa. The super efficiency of these systems allows users to save 30 percent or higher on energy costs.
  • Space Savers. VRF zoning units are lightweight and require less space than other HVAC systems, including chillers and heavy packaged systems, and the bulky ductwork, lending themselves to easier installations.
  • Application Variety. VRF zoning systems can accommodate many types of buildings in both new construction and retrofits, such as, office buildings, schools, multifamily, healthcare, retail shopping and many more.
  • Return on Investment. In addition to energy and cost savings, VRF zoning systems require fewer components than conventional HVAC systems, which in turn reduces equipment costs and complexity as well as installation time and maintenance downtime.

The article also highlights three of our notable installations, the historic Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia, the Chandler City Hall in Chandler, Ariz., and Burlingham Hall at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore. As longtime advocates of these systems, we are excited to see the trend further expand in the U.S. Learn more about the endless benefits and growing demand for VRF technology in the U.S. by reading the full article.