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Specifying VRF for Multifamily Projects

Multifamily blueprints

With many people moving into cities, and with many others moving into walkable communities in the suburbs, multifamily projects are booming. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology is a smart fit for this application, and is more relevant than ever given the current market demands and trends.

Adaptive reuse projects, meet VRF. As developers turn old factories, warehouses, office buildings and more into trendy multifamily facilities, the selected HVAC technology needs to be flexible and unobtrusive. VRF’s indoor units are compact and discreet in terms of look and sound, enabling higher ceilings and a contemporary feel.

With VRF, roof space = amenity space. VRF’s outdoor units weigh less and have a smaller footprint than traditional technologies’ outdoor units. Between those features, flexible design and long linesets, VRF units can be located in a variety of places. What used to be a condenser farm can become an amenity that helps bring in tenants, like a rooftop garden or event space.

Answering the market’s demand for smart technology with VRF. Whether a multifamily project is seeking centralized controls for a facility manager to monitor, or individual controls for each tenant or owner to operate, VRF is the answer. From simple controls to advanced integration options, VRF meets the needs of any multifamily application.

Designing for a green certification? That’s easy with VRF. Green buildings can be more marketable to potential renters or owners. Efficient mechanical systems reduce utility costs and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle. VRF offers industry-leading efficiencies, and contributes points to programs like LEED®.

Learn more about applying VRF to multifamily applications in our White Paper, “VRF Zoning: An Ideal HVAC Solution for Multifamily Applications.”