We are proud to announce that our M-Series systems were featured in the winning design in the NextGen Homes Design Competition. green|spaces, a nonprofit that works to advance the sustainability of living, working and building in the Chattanooga, Tennessee region, hosted the competition that plans to produce four next-generation houses to sell on the local market.
The purpose of the competition was to identify the best design solutions for challenging sites with high performance energy goals. Teams were tasked with designing a single-family detached home that met the following requirements:
- Did not exceed 2,000-square-feet.
- Featured at least three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
- Construction costs did not exceed $140 per square-foot.
- Produced as much energy as they consumed.
- Protected and promoted human health.
- Minimized the production of waste in day to day operations of the home.
A panel of judges reviewed the submitted designs, narrowed the list down to 10 finalists and one winning team: Team 210. When it came to the HVAC design, Team 210 wanted a system that would provide efficient operation, require minimal ductwork and aid in achieving Net-Zero Energy Building certification at a reasonable installation cost. The team decided our systems fit the bill and featured our MSZ-FE and MXZ heat pumps in their design along with a variety of our indoor units.
Team 210 was awarded $10,000 for its winning design and will work with the project team on developing the drawings, specifications and contracts for construction – Phase II of the competition. The actual construction of the homes, the third and final phase, is scheduled for spring 2015.
We look forward to seeing Team 210’s vision come to life as they begin the next steps towards construction!