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VRF and Building Integrations: Options and How to Choose Among Them

Buildings today are more sophisticated than ever — and the same is true for the mechanical equipment that supports building operations. This sophistication has made possible the world of advanced integration, or having a single point of control for many systems. This paper discusses commercial integration and how VRF systems should be used in them.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

While DC power operates many modern products in business applications, it powers far less for consumer use. However, some associations are developing standards that will lead to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. This white paper takes a look at DC power and how some experts believe it is the answer for future energy needs.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Colorado Town Uses VRF System to Build Efficient Office Building, Keep Local Businesses From Moving

Castle Rock, Colorado built a new office building called The Move – a name that symbolized how businesses wouldn’t have to move outside of city limits to expand. The building uses a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems with Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Chicago Architecture and Urbanism Practice Installs VRF System to Heat and Cool New Space

The new 21,000-square-foot Chicago office for Studio Gang is now cooled and heated by a Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


A Guide to Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for a Home or Commercial Building

Tankless water heaters are an affordable, high performance alternative to other options such as traditional tank water heaters or boilers. This guide will help you understand the world of tankless water heaters and the advantages that they provide to homes and buildings.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Noritz


High Performance Homes, No More Cost

This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


3 Benefits of Working with a Professional to Specify Commercial Water Heater Systems

Choosing the right type of water heating system includes identifying which type of energy-efficient water heater is most suitable for the application. A plumbing professional can help ensure performance that meets business requirements and also meets energy efficiency standards as well.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters


Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

This white paper takes a look at the next generation of sheathing and roof products that are creating a visual sea of green in neighborhoods across the country.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), an HVAC technology, is a great solution for almost any K-12 educational facility. It responds to each of this application’s specific challenges, offering industry-leading efficiencies, integration with ventilation systems, advanced filtration systems, whisper-quiet operation and more.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


The Largest Living Building Challenge Certified School in the Country

Sustainability drives both the curriculum and building design for The Willow School, so when the school was designing its fourth building – the Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center – the project team selected a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Five Options for Your Eco-Pavement

A 2008 report from the National Research Council discovered that in urban areas runoff from roads carries more pollutants than plazas, courtyards, and similar hardscapes. This white paper identifies five options for an eco-friendly driveway, all of which can satisfy pervious surface requirements where they exist.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor air quality in homes, buildings, and schools is a silent-yet-critical component in the overall health and well-being of the individuals who inhabit them. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality is among the top global environmental health risks.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Zehnder America


Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings has worked with builders to assess the most practical cost-effective means to reduce home energy consumption and approach zero energy. Especially in multifamily applications, CARB has seen more developers explore solar domestic hot-water systems as part of the least-cost pathway.

Type: Case Study


Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Most older multifamily buildings in Chicago are heated by centrally metered steam or hot water systems. These buildings cannot operate effciently when these systems become imbalanced. The buildings become under­ and over­ heated, which causes tenant discomfort and higher energy use intensity.

Type: Case Study


Rehabilitation of multifamily homes boosts efficiency

Rea Ventures Group partnered with Southface Energy Institute, a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Home Innovation Building America research team, to develop a prescriptive approach for rehabilitating a portfolio of rural multifamily rental properties in Georgia.

Type: Case Study


Chicago project illustrates financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Research showed the average net income increased by 1.6 percent.

Type: Case Study


Beyond benchmarking: Unlocking value for utilities

This document helps utilities identify new, untapped datasets that are emerging related to the energy performance of buildings, and how this information can be applied to expand market intelligence and create business value.

Type: White Paper


A look at the future of air conditioning

This report characterizes the landscape and trends in the global air conditioning market, including discussion of direct and indirect climate impacts and potential global warming impacts from global A/C usage. It also documents solutions that can help achieve international goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Type: White Paper


Restaurants Install Water-Efficient Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Project Summary The water efficiency best management practices implemented at each of three restaurants—Uncommon Ground, The Grey Plume, and Founding Farmers—are described in this case study.

Type: Case Study


University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources

Project Summary Once the largest water-using entity in the city of Austin, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has been implementing programs to reduce its water use for three decades.

Type: Case Study


California Campus Cooks Up Kitchen Water Savings

Project Summary In 2014, California entered its third consecutive year of statewide drought conditions, with water and sewer costs in Los Angeles expected to increase by 8 percent annually over the next five years.

Type: Case Study


Global Entertainment Company Gets Wise About Water

Project Summary Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, is a 340-bed, 750,000-square-foot patient care facility. The hospital logs approximately 95,000 patient days per year and employs 2,300 staff.

Type: Case Study


Hotel Installs Water-Efficient Sanitary Fixtures

Project Summary As San Antonio continues to grow, water conservation has become an important part of the city’s water management planning. Recognizing that conservation is more cost-effective than securing new water sources, in 2007, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) developed its WaterSaver Hotel program

Type: Case Study


California Golf Resort Hits Hole in One With Outdoor Water Efficiency Efforts

Project Summary With preserved land accounting for more than 99 percent of The Resort at Pelican Hill’s total irrigable acres and an ocean view attracting visitors, water conservation goes hand in hand with the resort’s land stewardship efforts and its stake in protecting the area’s most valuable asset—the Pacific Ocean.

Type: Case Study


Georgia Hotel Saves $1M Annually By Maximizing Mechanical System

Project Summary With water and sewer costs in Atlanta, Georgia, increasing by more than $20 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) of water between 2000 and 2013

Type: Case Study


Olympic National Park Hotel Reaches Out and Saves

Project Summary On a coastal strip of Olympic National Park in Forks, Washington, Kalaloch Lodge has worked to protect the surrounding ecosystem and reduce water and sewer costs by giving guests and employees a direct role in its water conservation efforts.

Type: Case Study


St. Petersburg’s First Net Zero Commercial Building

Net Zero Commercial Building Bosch has assembled a comprehensive system of heating, cooling, water heating, and electricity generating technologies that, when installed, reduce energy usage. This is achieved by utilizing intelligent product designs at higher efficiencies.

Type: Case Study


Solar Hot Water In The Inner City of Los Angeles

Background Ronnie Boston, who works as a consultant for sustainable energy projects with Green Tech Ventures Community Development Corporation in Pasadena, California, contacted Mrs. Jacqueline DuPont-Walker, owner of a 91 unit apartment building in the inner city of Los Angeles about the.

Type: Case Study


The Albert Apartments Solar Thermal Installation

Background Ruben J. Menashe Inc. wanted to create a unique, comfortable development that showcases environmental accountability when building The Albert, a mixeduse building with 72 apartments over retail space in Portland, Oregon.

Type: Case Study


Sustainable HVAC Systems Support Oregon Zoo

Background The Oregon Zoo opened its new 15,000 sq ft Veterinary Medical Center in January 2012 following sixteen months of construction. The center includes a climate-controlled intensive care unit and provides medical care to all the zoo’s animals.

Type: Case Study


Therm Gas Condensing Tankless Water Heaters The Caroline Residential Building in New York

Background The Caroline is one of the most prestigious residential apartment buildings in New York City, located in The Flatiron district on 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. The 20-story building features 433 apartments with premium kitchen and bath amenities, 50-foot sky-lit swimming pool, on-site laundry,

Type: Case Study


Buderus SB Commercial Condensing Boilers Installation

Background The owners of the proposed Russia Wharf project in Boston knew they wanted to create a world-class high-rise with stateof- the-art sustainable technologies and advanced building techniques.

Type: Case Study


Poquito Mas Restaurant

Los Angeles, California Founded in 1984, Poquito Mas Baja Taco Stand restaurants have become a staple of California cuisine – catering to a legion of followers and Hollywood celebrities. With 11 locations throughout the Los Angeles area, the restaurant chain consumes large quantities of hot water for both food preparation,

Type: Case Study


MOISTURE PERFORMANCE STUDY OF TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL WALL ASSEMBLlIES

Study Summary Over the course of a one-year period, a moisture performance comparison study was conducted at an independent test facility. In the study, brick veneer wall assemblies were compared to seven wall assemblies constructed of popular siding materials.

Type: Case Study


Buderus Gas Condensing Boiler for Moody’s Diner

Background Opened in 1927, family-owned and managed Moody’s has served over a million travelers in its seasonal vacation cabins, tourist gift shop and year-round diner located along a busy stretch of U.S. Coastal Route 1 in Waldoboro, Maine.

Type: Case Study


The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve

The Preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. The core of The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500- acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater Everglades watershed.

Type: Case Study


Energy-Efficient Apartments Choose Geothermal System

Background The Solaire apartments, located in Brighton, Colorado, just 20 minutes outside Denver, offer residents a variety of lifestyle choices. Incorporating renewable geothermal energy to heat and cool their apartments delivers energy cost savings while reducing demand on the city’s power grid.

Type: Case Study


.Wildlife Refuge Upgrades to FHP Geothermal HVAC System

Background Wildlife has always been an important part of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage. For over a century, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources.

Type: Case Study


Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Geothermal Upgrade/Retrofit

Background Opened in 2008, the $13 million Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. facility that processes 911 and other emergency calls and links police, fire and country-state agencies. Built to withstand hurricane force winds, it contains about $4 million worth of electronics equipment.

Type: Case Study


Lady Bird Johnson NetZero Middle School, Irving Texas

Background Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas utilizes a variety of sustainable technologies, including FHP geothermal heat pump systems, to significantly reduce energy consumption.

Type: Case Study


Kentlands Community Center Geothermal Upgrade

Background The Kentlands Community Center is a 9,000 sq ft, two-story building with a high glass ratio. The building’s 15-yearold air source cooling system with gas furnace heating had reached the end of its useful life.

Type: Case Study


SCHEELS Sporting Goods, Rochester MN

Background In 1902, German immigrant Frederick A. Scheel used $300 he earned from his first potato harvest as the down payment on the first SCHEELS, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.

Type: Case Study


Tankless Hot Water Upgrade In Best Western Hotel

Background The owners of the Best Western Plus New Englander Hotel located in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb located about 10 miles north of Boston, decided to replace an old gasfired boiler and tank serving its 99-room hotel equipped with two commercial washing machines after the existing 500-gallon tank began leaking.

Type: Case Study


Condensing Tankless Water Heaters Retrofit in NYC Art School

Background Established in 1947, New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) has been a leader in the education of artists, photographers, film producers, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades.

Type: Case Study


Retrofit With GB162 Cascade in NH Commercial Building

Background When Brian Lawrence, the owner of “The Beacon,” a 62,000 sq ft commercial building in Manchester New Hampshire experienced a leaking boiler in the basement, he contacted Arthur Harisades and Bob McQue of F.W. Webb in Nashua.

Type: Case Study


Saving Energy in Redmond School District, Redmond, OR

Background When the Redmond, Oregon School District was faced with the challenge of retrofitting the existing Redmond High School with an upgraded heating and cooling system, three Buderus SB745 commercial condensing gas boilers met the challenge.

Type: Case Study


Geothermal Heating & Cooling at Piquette Square Apartments

Background Piquette Square is a 150-unit apartment project in Detroit built to house and care for homeless veterans. Piquette Square offers comprehensive support services to help the veterans develop self-sufficiency and reintegrate into the community.

Type: Case Study


Bosch Geothermal Heat Pump Light Commercial Installation

Background Advanced Heating Technology, Inc. has over 25 years of geothermal experience as a Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C. distributor for Bosch geothermal heat pumps. President John Jankus explained that the enduser, T&T Contracting, had a Florida Heat Pump unit in his personal residence, and decided to

Type: Case Study


Olympic National Park Hotel Reaches Out and Saves

Project Summary On a coastal strip of Olympic National Park in Forks, Washington, Kalaloch Lodge has worked to protect the surrounding ecosystem and reduce water and sewer costs by giving guests and employees a direct role in its water conservation efforts.

Type: Case Study


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