Ingersoll-Rand plc, a pioneer in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ by Fortune for the eighth consecutive year. “It’s an honor to be recognized once again as one of the world’s most admired companies,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “Our dedicated employees around the globe are...
Infinitum Electric, creator of the breakthrough printed circuit board motor (PCB), announces the launch of its IEx Series motor, an IoT-enabled electric motor that’s a third of the size and weight of conventional motors while delivering class-leading efficiency and IoT capabilities. Infinitum has reached OEM sales agreements with Twin City Fans, Comefri and ACME Fan for the new IEx Series motor and the first shipment of motors is scheduled for June. The company’s first product is a...
Since its launch in early 2018, the YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller has been recognized across the HVAC industry. As the first chiller fully optimized for ultimate performance with a next generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, these units were designed and engineered by a team of experts who “reimagined” what a chiller could be. YORK YZ chillers deliver the widest range of cooling capacity to serve the diverse application needs of its customers To da...
The world's first hydrogen powered domestic boiler was put into operation in Rozenburg, the Netherlands in 2019. The boiler was developed by BDR Thermea Group, a leading manufacturer of smart thermal comfort solutions, and parent of North American company ECR International. BDR’s mission is developing and producing heating and hot water solutions with virtually no Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. This ground-breaking boiler burns pure hydrogen that has been produced by wind or solar energy...
Ingersoll-Rand plc introduces its pure-play climate company, announcing the new company name, strategy and executive leadership team. The climate company will be named Trane Technologies plc, elevating its Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation. Trane Technologies will be a pioneer in climate control and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘TT.’ Through its strategic brands, Trane® and Thermo King®, and portfol...
Johnson Controls broke ground on an expansion of its air-handling unit manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The 22,000 square-foot expansion will create 40-50 new assembly jobs to boost production and the local economy. The facility, which manufactures both YORK and Miller-Picking brand systems, is increasing its footprint in response to the growing demand for custom air-handling units. Creating Attractive Employment Opportunities “We’re excited to start this projec...
The University of Detroit Jesuit High School chooses Aquatherm pipe for a second project. Aquatherm used their famous Green Pipe for this project. The high school campus needed a piping system that could be installed in a new four-story 40,000sq ft building on a very tight schedule. Aquatherm North America fabricated some sections of the chilled-water piping system, saying installation time as well as labor costs. The advantages of using Aquatherm: Aquatherm was an easy choice because a previous successful piping project on campus features a leak-free Aquatherm Blue Pipe system Aquatherm North America's initial inventory of its new 4 inch SDR 17.6 blue pipe sold out quickly so the company worked with the owner to find a comparable small diameter green pipe that still would provide the needed volume The R-1 value per inch of the SDR 7.4 green pipe provides ongoing energy savings process and the pressure test Josh Umphrey, Journeyman Pipe Fitter, John E. Green Co., Highland Park, MI said: “Most of us trademen in the field are 'I'll believe it when I see it' types. But I will say that after going through the process and the pressure test, I'm more than comfortable installing and recommending Aquatherm Pipe.”
Resideo, Inc. is set to redefine the smart-home industry at an event that they are holding on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Austin, Texas, at the historic Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. More than 750 of the company’s professionals, distributors, partners, local stakeholders and employees are slated to attend the event, where they will share their vision to simplify the smart home industry through a network of more than 110,000 plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractors, and professional security dealers. Technical knowledge in smart home solutions Every day, these pros meet with homeowners with deep technical knowledge of how to maintain the critical networks of the home: Air, water, energy and security. And these pros have the technical expertise and training that positions them to become the home heroes for homeowners. Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager, Connected Home, Resideo stated, “I recently celebrated my 31st year in this industry, having started in the late 80s as a sales rep selling security products. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to see many different sides of the business, from my current role overseeing our connected-home efforts to a time when I ran our Americas Security Business”. Security systems with integrated home automation The first automated solution that Scott sold during his early days was a security system with integrated home automation He adds, ”One thing that has been constant in all my years has been change, and that is no different today. As I reflect on my career, I’ve seen a lot of companies come and go, and it instills in me the confidence of Resideo’s heritage of more than 100 years, with controls in more than 150 million homes and more than 6.5 million connected devices.” Interestingly, one of the first automated solutions that Scott sold during his early days in the company was a security system with integrated home automation using X-10 power line carrier or home control. It could even be controlled by a phone, e.g. - a touch-tone phone. Smart Home Automation technologies The rapid change of new technologies and the coming and going of new products and companies have made this a dynamic but ultimately very confusing market for consumers. Many of these changes have left homeowners who bought those products frustrated and scratching their heads in confusion. This week, Resideo is going to roll out some exciting new programs and products to position the customers and professionals to be successful in helping consumers protect their homes. Not a bright shiny object coming out of Silicon Valley but the core technologies that help keep them comfortable and safe at home, their largest investment.
The Eurovent Association has released the fourth edition of the widely-applied Eurovent Recommendation 4/21 – ‘Energy Efficiency Evaluation of air filters for general ventilation purposes’. The updated guidelines set out a new method for the determination of the annual energy consumption for filters operating at an airflow rate other than nominal. Eurovent 4/21 was first published in 2014 and has since gone through several revisions and editions. The aim of this guideline is to assess the yearly energy consumption based on a laboratory test procedure which can be the basis for an energy efficiency classification, to give the user of air filters guidance for the filter selection. Well-Established Industry Recommendation This document was prepared in a joint effort by participants of the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Filters’ This document was prepared in a joint effort by participants of the Eurovent Product Group ‘Air Filters’ (PG-FIL), which represents a vast majority of all manufacturers of these products active on the EMEA market. The fourth edition of this well-established Industry Recommendation includes a new Annex 1, which sets out a new method for the determination of the annual energy consumption for filters operating at an airflow rate other than nominal. The new methodology has been developed based on a series of tests and analyses carried out by the PG-FIL Technical Subcommittee, and unanimously approved for publication by the group during their last meeting in Turin. Energy Efficiency Of Ventilation Units Mr Jan Andersson (Camfil), Chairman of the Product Group ‘Air Filters’ and its Technical Subcommittee, states: “This new methodology paves the way for easy filter evaluation not only under the reference test conditions but also at the actual operating point. It brings new opportunities for evaluation of the energy efficiency of ventilation units, also in the light of the upcoming requirements of the revised Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 (Ecodesign requirements for ventilation units).” The Eurovent Recommendation 4/21 (2019) is now available for download in the Document Web Shop. For members of the Eurovent Association, the document is available free of charge. For non-members, a fee of 69 EUR is applied. It should be noted that the Eurovent Association does not grant any certification based on this document. Certification is the subject of Eurovent’s subunit Eurovent Certita Certification, which runs independently from the association framework.
Filtration Group- HVAC announces the launch of the Enduro-Pleat® X3, a line of tough pleated MERV 13 filters that save time and money. This new product stands up to the most demanding of HVAC applications while performing at a MERV 13 filtration efficiency, which is required for LEED certification and other specific industries. The new AEROSTAR® Enduro-Pleat X3 was engineered as the result of a specific end-user with a serious challenge. Filtration Group was contacted when standard MERV 13 pleated filters were not holding up in their demanding industrial HVAC system. Loss Of Valuable Production Time This met their air filtration system needs while keeping the plant running on a predictable schedule" The pleats were being exposed to very high levels of moisture and even direct loading from snow in some cases, which caused the standard pleated air filters to fail prematurely, causing the loss of valuable production time. Introducing the thicker and stronger beverage board frame from the standard MERV 8 Enduro-Pleat as well as a steel reinforcement frame made the new product more than able to stand up to this challenging application. “We listen to our customers very closely,” Al Longton, Vice President of Sales, said. “We knew from years of selling the MERV 8 Enduro-Pleat that there are certain applications where a standard pleat will not do, and a more durable product is needed. In this case, we were able to react quickly and deliver Enduro-Pleat level performance at a MERV 13 filtration efficiency. This met their air filtration system needs while keeping the plant running on a predictable schedule.” Improving Indoor Air Quality By using the high dust-holding MERV 13 media from our GreenPleat, the Enduro-Pleat X3 has energy consumption benefits as well. “The Enduro-Pleat X3 lasts longer than a standard MERV 8 pleat in most applications, allowing it to save on energy consumption, maintenance, and disposal costs,” Michael Bruce, Vice President of Marketing and Engineering, said. The Enduro-Pleat X3 checks 3 major boxes that customers are looking for – reduced total cost of ownership" “The Enduro-Pleat X3 checks 3 major boxes that customers are looking for – reduced total cost of ownership, improved Indoor Air Quality, and unmatched product toughness. The mix of overall performance aligns well with our overall mission of making the world safer, healthier and more productive.” The Enduro-Pleat X3 is manufactured in industry-standard sizes to fit all types of demanding HVAC installations. Developing Unparalleled Filtration Solutions Great for all applications with extreme rain and snow exposure, dry high dust environments, high flow-rate applications, and more! Filtration Group, an affiliate of Madison Industries, is making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value. With a passionate team, global footprint and leading technology, Filtration Group is driving innovation and developing unparalleled filtration solutions. Filtration Group serves a diverse set of customers with indoor air quality applications. One of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, we serve customers from 107 facilities in over 28 countries.
Johnson Controls announces the YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller with R-1233zd (E) refrigerant was named a Top 10 Green Product for 2020 by BuildingGreen magazine. This marks one of numerous honors the YZ chiller has captured since its launch in 2018. Top 10 Green Products 2020 “It is a great honor for the YZ Chiller to be recognized for its contributions to help support a greener planet,” said Christine Detz, director, product management, centrifugal chillers, Building Technologies and Solutions at Johnson Controls. “Since its release nearly two years ago, the YZ continues to showcase its groundbreaking innovation as one of the industry’s most efficient and environmentally-friendly centrifugal chillers.” For the past 18 years, BuildingGreen has selected 10 green building products that contribute to a sustainable environment through reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, improved product life cycles and efforts to create a net-positive impact on society. Award winners were formally announced at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago on Wednesday, November 20. Centrifugal chillers The YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller is optimized for ultimate performance“Since its release nearly two years ago, the YZ continues to showcase its groundbreaking innovation as one of the industry’s most efficient and environmentally-friendly centrifugal chillers.” – Christine Detz, director, product management, centrifugal chillers, Building Technologies and Solutions at Johnson Controls The YORK YZ Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller is optimized for ultimate performance around next-generation low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant R-1233zd (E) to provide the highest possible efficiency. The YORK YZ chiller provides centrifugal chiller energy efficiencies as low as 0.1 kW/ton in off-design conditions where typical fixed-speed chillers experience performance issues. It has the potential to reduce annual electricity consumption by an average of 35 percent. YORK YZ Chiller The YORK YZ Chiller has received numerous awards including the AHR Innovation Award Cooling Category Winner, China Refrigeration 2018 Innovation Product Award, Buildings Money-Saving Products Award and Consulting Specifying Engineer 2018 Product of the Year Award and the 2019 Edison Awards. The YORK YZ has also been named a finalist for the RAC Cooling Industry Award, Energy Awards 2018 and HVR Awards 2018.
Members of the HVACR community reported a continued positive business outlook heading into 2020 in the latest AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal Annual Economic Outlook Survey. The survey was distributed to past and prospective attendees, as well as industry manufacturers, to gauge the market leading into the new year. Additionally, for the first time, the 2020 report includes input on trends, issues and opportunities as outlined by representatives from industry associations regarding their respective areas of expertise. According to the report, 79% of respondents indicated good or excellent predicted sales prospects as we cross into 2020. While there continues to be shifts in the market, overall, the industry remains in a positive economic position. For example, heading in to 2019 the ‘retrofit and renovation’ segment was ranked as having the highest business growth potential. This year, it fell to second place, falling behind maintenance and replacement jobs. Introducing new and innovative products Each year, the AHR Expo kicks off business Q1 with the industry’s first chance to see what’s new in HVACR “Manufacturers and our attendee shareholders alike are reporting a strong economy,” said Mark Stevens, manager of AHR Expo. “Our recent report reveals that members of the HVACR community expect the successes of 2019 to hold in the new year. This will be evident on the Show floor as our exhibitors continue to introduce new and innovative products that meet the rising demand for smarter and more efficient solutions.” Each year, the AHR Expo kicks off business Q1 with the industry’s first chance to see what’s new in HVACR. Exhibitors use the opportunity to launch products at the Show and discuss new opportunities ahead. As a precursor to the Show, the survey conducted at the end of Q4 provides the opportunity to gauge what’s expected in the year ahead. Changing customer demands “The HVACR industry remains in a season of change, with innovation and advancement happening in all sectors,” continued Stevens. “Considerations such as the global market, changing customer demands and new innovation demands are shaping product designs and the way we approach the built environment. Across the board, whether entirely new concepts or improvements upon existing product lines, our exhibitors are thinking smarter and delivering impressive solutions.” When asked about 2019 sales, 34% of respondents reported an increase of 10% or more, and 70% indicated sales growth of at least 10%. Additionally, respondents reported expected growth in nearly all areas of the industry, with light commercial, health and residential markets identified as having the highest potential in 2020 at 72%, 67% and 64% respectively. Changing DOE regulations Reliability holds steady as the most important consideration factor for consumers when making purchasing decisions As in previous years, reliability holds steady as the most important consideration factor for consumers when making purchasing decisions. Both exhibitors and attendees alike ranked it as the most important, coming in at 81% for exhibitors and slightly more than 98% for attendees. For the second year in a row, both energy efficiency and indoor air quality secured a top spot in relation to consumer importance among exhibitors, at 67% and 64% respectively. Attendees, however, placed initial costs second at right under 98%, and comfort considerations third at 96%. Areas of concern include rising tariffs and the need to recruit and retain a strong skilled workforce. Additionally, changing DOE regulations and R22 refrigerant phase-out remains high on respondent radars. Areas of opportunity include automation and self-diagnostic controls and continued growth in the IoT/IIoT space. On the horizon for potential impacts to the industry include the forthcoming 2020 Presidential election, growth of big-box retailers and the viability of new technologies in the market. The Annual Economic Outlook Survey of HVACR manufacturers and attendees is compiled by AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVACR event, and ASHRAE Journal.
There is a gap between how buildings are designed and how they operate. For one thing, designers may not be focused on operability during the design process. Secondly, technology is playing a greater role in more complex buildings today, but it may not perform to expectations. These were among the observations by Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. ASHRAE’s 2019-2020 President, at a luncheon address at the 2019 Annual Conference. Importance of data security “Technology is not evil,” Boyce said. “We can have unrealistic expectations, and technology can be misused.” Additionally, technology can provide a large amount of data/information that can be overwhelming to control technicians. “Operators are being overwhelmed,” said Boyce. “Generally, they do not have the skills to operate today’s buildings and are not properly trained. At building turnover, operators are rarely properly oriented.” Green buildings When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’ – the energy consumption is much higher than modeled targets. This can be because buildings were designed with systems that are beyond the capacity of building managers to operate. It could be that systems are complex and require several years to refine and understand. Finally, there is a correlation between performance and level of commissioning. One solution Boyce suggests is to include a building operations team representative throughout the design process. “The design should reflect the capabilities of the people operating the building,” says Boyce. “As a result, we will not be leaving operators wondering ‘How do I make this work?’” An effective turnover and orientation training process are critical. Building automation Boyce said ASHRAE should work with building owner-operator organizations to develop strategies to prepare the operators to effectively operate the building through enhanced training and effective use of building automation and analytical and other operational tools. “We should also engage with building operators at the Chapter and Society level to improve our understanding of their problems and develop educational and training programs to reduce the gap between design, construction and operations,” Boyce said. Facilities management “Facilities management must adopt technology more quickly and far more deeply,” he added. “It must move beyond technology to monitor space utilization and energy consumption. And we need to focus on using technology, data and analytics to enhance the workplace experience.” ASHARE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a professional association seeking to advance HVAC&R systems design and construction. It has more than 57,000 members in 132 countries. ‘Building for People & Performance - Operational Excellence’ The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operationDuring his inaugural presidential address, Boyce announced the Society theme will be ‘Building for People & Performance - Achieving Operational Excellence’. The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operation and performance of buildings. “People must succeed within the buildings we create,” says Boyce. “ASHRAE is committed to preparing building professionals through learning opportunities, engagement and adopting better practices. These are the steps needed to achieve effective operational performance and operator experience.” Boyce is special advisor to the vice-president (Finance and Administration) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Record hot temperatures in Europe last summer contrasted sharply with the region’s traditional aversion to air conditioning. Unlike the United States, where some 90% of homes are air conditioned, only around 5% of European buildings are equipped for the hottest temperatures. I can’t help but think that days and days of summer temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) must have motivated some building owners to reconsider the issue. Increasing Opportunity For The HVAC Market The blistering temperatures are likely to become more common. Climate change suggests a likelihood of an increase in average temperatures, which translates into longer and hotter summers to come. In the face of greater demand for climate control, clearly, there is an increasing opportunity for the HVAC market to thrive on the continent. Sales of fans and air conditioners surged during the worst of the summer heat A growing demand for air conditioning in Europe must be preceded by a change in attitude toward the technology. Europeans have traditionally opposed air conditioning, or at least shrugged it off as unnecessary or even potentially harmful to health. Nothing like a long, hot summer to change the paradigm. The signs are already there: Sales of fans and air conditioners surged during the worst of the summer heat, and one installer in Berlin reportedly suspended their phone service because of the flood of calls. Global Electricity Demand The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that Europe’s air-conditioner stock will double in the next two decades as record heat becomes more prevalent. The increase will be a major driver of global electricity demand. The future demand for air conditioning in Europe is dwarfed by higher demand throughout other parts of the world, especially India, Indonesia and China, according to the IEA. As incomes and living standards improve in developing countries, the growth in AC demand in hotter regions is likely to soar. Globally, fans and air conditioners already account for 10 percent of electricity consumption, and the demand could triple over the next three decades. The increased demand will require new electricity capacity equivalent to the current capacity of the United States, the European Union, and Japan combined. Becoming More Energy Efficient Units need to become more energy efficient to minimize the impact on electricity consumption IEA predicts global stock of air conditioners in buildings will grow to 5.6 billion by 2050 up from 1.6 billion today. Units need to become more energy efficient to minimize the impact on electricity consumption. The IEA emphasizes the need for stringent minimum energy performance standards and other measures such as labeling. Doubling the energy efficiency of the world’s stock of air conditioners between now and 2050 would help to reduce the need for new electricity infrastructure. From an efficiency perspective, European air conditioners are currently the most efficient in the world; even so, more demand will increase energy usage (which, ironically, could make global warming worse). Ambitious Performance Standards Designing buildings with an eye toward passive cooling and with better insulation can help lower the impact. Hotter weather trends in Europe and the rest of the world suggest monumental business opportunities for the HVAC industry. Capitalizing on those opportunities in a responsible way is an enormous challenge for the industry. We must provide comfort and coolness to a globally warming world while minimizing our impact on the environment in the process. Technology and innovation, driven by ambitious performance standards, can enable us to achieve both.
Johnson Controls’ recently expanded Rooftop Center of Excellence in Norman, Okla., reflects the company’s optimism about the future and growing prominence of RTUs. “Investing in the future of rooftop unit innovation in design and manufacturing is an investment in our customers,” said Steve Maddox, Vice President of Engineering, Commercial Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls. Includes two-story testing lab The Rooftop Center of Excellence includes a two-story, 52-foot-high testing lab – roughly the size of one-and-a-half football fields. The extensive laboratory offers an environment for Johnson Controls to conduct on-site complex development, regulatory compliance, performance, safety and reliability testing. They can test a 150-ton rooftop unit in climates ranging from -30° to 130°F.The laboratory offers an environment to conduct on-site complex development, regulatory compliance, performance, safety and reliability testing “The expertise of the people leading this facility increases our speed to market, provides quality assurance and supports the development of energy-efficient technology,” said Maddox. Grand opening on April 17 Johnson Controls officially opened the state-of-the-art Rooftop Center of Excellence design, manufacturing and testing facility at a grand opening event April 17, 2019. The facility has been located in Norman, Okla., for nearly 50 years and will now serve as the flagship location for industry research, manufacturing and testing of Johnson Controls HVAC rooftop units. It’s a 900,000-square-foot facility that includes almost 400,000 square feet of incremental laboratory and manufacturing space and renovations to more than 150,000 square feet of office and meeting space. “The need for high-efficiency rooftop units has grown as customers demand simplified solutions to achieving sustainability,” said Philip Smyth, Director of Product Management, Applied DX, Johnson Controls. “The combining testing and manufacturing location allows us to better serve our customers while enhancing HVAC technology through collaboration and innovation.” A ribbon cutting was held when Johnson Controls' Rooftop Center of Excellence opened April 17, 2019 $1.75 million in funding from Oklahoma The Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC) helped Johnson Controls secure $1.75 million in funding from the Oklahoma Economic Development Pooled Finance Program to fund the new construction and renovation. For its role in expanding the Rooftop Center of Excellence, the NEDC won a Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Economic Development in the category of cities with population over 40,000. The award was presented by the Oklahoma Economic Development Council.Having this state-of-the-art facility has made a considerable positive impact on our local economy" “Having this state-of-the-art facility has created new jobs for our citizens and made a considerable positive impact on our local economy,” said Maureen Hammond, NEDC Interim President. Two new commercial rooftop units Over the past year, Johnson Controls has developed new products for existing lines and launched two new series of commercial rooftop units that were designed, engineered and assembled at the Rooftop Center of Excellence. The new series include the 25-50 ton Premier rooftop units, launched in December 2018. Most recently, the 15-27 ton Choice rooftop units were launched in August 2019. They exceed Department of Energy (DOE) 2018 guidelines by up to 25% and already surpass future DOE 2023 part-load standards by almost 10%. An optional four-stage IntelliSpeed fan control further enhances efficiency by delivering 15% higher IEER ratings. “Choice rooftop units deliver powerful solutions for reduced energy consumption within an economical price point to truly redefine the meaning of ‘standard’ efficiency,” said Matthew Shaub, Vice President & General Manager, Commercial Ducted Systems, Johnson Controls.
LG Air Conditioning Technologies USA is debuting two new case studies in the LG Project Profile Series - The Ebell of Los Angeles, a historic Los Angeles performance art facility, and The Lido House, an Autograph Collection by Marriott hotel, a high-end property in Newport Beach, California. The projects showcase how LG's unique heating, ventilation and air conditioning technologies can be applied in commercial environments where historic and design implications are of paramount importance. LG's Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology and ducted and duct-free solutions are making major inroads in the United States where the demand for high-performance, flexible HVAC technology continues to grow. LG's air conditioning systems are designed to minimize efficiency losses found in conventional HVAC systems, provide sustainable energy savings, and offer one of the lowest lifecycle costs of any system on the market today. LG's growing set of controls are helping building managers to seamlessly manage and regulate their systems with the simple touch of a button. The Ebell of Los Angeles LG's Air Handling Unit (AHU) Conversion Kits paired with Multi V 5 VRF condensing units were installed Opened more than a century ago, The Ebell of Los Angeles and the accompanying Wilshire Ebell Theater encourage the educational, cultural and social growth of the Los Angeles community. Working with a wide range of artists and promoters from around the world, the Theater brings performing arts to the diverse population of the city. Since 1927, the complex has been owned and operated by the Ebell of Los Angeles women's club, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, solidifying its status as an iconic structure. With the need to replace old, inefficient cooling towers and a chiller system that only cooled the theater space, The Ebell of Los Angeles' management team sought a new, innovative HVAC solution to address the needs of the larger complex beyond the theater and the occupants. Ultimately, LG's Air Handling Unit (AHU) Conversion Kits paired with Multi V 5 VRF condensing units were installed. They could be easily mounted within the confines of the space and met the careful consideration of many preservation and aesthetic requirements. LG's industry-leading VRF technology was selected as it excels at sensible cooling and the modularity of the design enables the overall system to properly condition the varied spaces throughout the theater and event spaces despite the heating and cooling load changes caused by shifting occupancy. The Lido House, Autograph Collection by Marriott LG was identified as the ideal solution due to its expansive offering, design flexibility and energy-efficient units Designed with an effortless sense of style and definitive beach-house vibe, Lido House by Marriott has quickly become one of Newport Beach's favorite upscale destinations. The Lido House features 130 stylish guest rooms, along with five unique cottages – each curated by a local designer, paying homage to the unique ambiance and coastal lifestyle of the affluent community. The resort also includes a full-service restaurant, rooftop deck and full day spa for guests. With a location just minutes to the beach, the property often faces fluctuations in weather and temperature, necessitating an HVAC solution that provides year-round heating and cooling with superior energy efficiency. Once plans for the design were complete, LG was identified as the ideal solution due to its expansive offering, design flexibility and energy-efficient units. The Lido House management team specified LG's Multi V 5 and Multi V S VRF systems, both known for incredible energy efficiency, flexibility in design and installation options. The team also installed two LG AC Smart central controllers to help building managers effectively control the HVAC system throughout the main building space. "LG is continually focused on bringing the most innovative, energy-efficient and forward-thinking HVAC solutions and controls to customers across a range of projects, from iconic institutions to luxury hotel properties and everything in between," said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, LG Air Conditioning Technologies USA. "We're challenging the industry standard with our suite of award-winning solutions and helping building owners, managers, architects and contractors better plan for and manage a variety of installations."
Johnson Controls will enhance classroom environments throughout three Tennessee school districts – a combined 22 schools – with projects estimated to be completed this fall. Updates throughout the districts will include infrastructure, energy management and water conservation strategies to address deferred maintenance and improve efficiencies. Energy Savings Performance The school districts partnering with Johnson Controls include Lake County School District in Tiptonville, Overton County School District in Livingston and Smith County School District in Carthage. The combined $7.7 million in improvements are enabled through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI). These engagements will help fund project implementations using guaranteed savings to offset the cost of the upgrades. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems Lake County School District’s $1.6 million in improvements include LED lighting, Wi-Fi thermostats, window and cooling tower replacements, and an HVAC rooftop unit above the district’s high school gymnasium, completed in May. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems. Upon completion, Lake County will have realized more than $1.9 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 16-year agreement. The district also utilized a Tennessee Valley Authority incentive to fund electrical needs. Energy savings “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments.” said, Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure Account Executive, Johnson Controls “For years, our gymnasium has been uncomfortable for classes and graduations. The installation of air conditioning is a monumental step towards improving the comfort and productivity of our learning environment for students and faculty,” said Sherry Darnell, Superintendent, Lake County Schools. Partnering with Johnson Controls “Partnering with Johnson Controls not only allowed us to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will help enhance energy and operational efficiencies, but also to truly understand what implementations were vital for our unique needs and goals.” Overton County School District is implementing $2.9 million to improve its infrastructure, including the installation of HVAC rooftop units, LED lighting, energy management systems and water conservation methods, as well as boiler, pump and WSHP unit replacements. These upgrades will result in $3.5 million in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 12-year agreement. The district can then reinvest these savings into additional curriculum upgrades for students, including Advanced’s STEM Program, to foster a more creative and productive learning environment. Energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting and energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting, water conservation methods and energy management systems. The $3.1 million in improvements will also be used to install access controls, in addition to the replacement of its cooling tower, boiler and pumps, WSHP unit and PTAC unit. These updates will help the district provide a more comfortable, efficient and safer learning environment for students and faculty. Upon completion, Smith County School District will have realized over $5.6 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings over the 12-year agreement, allowing for these savings to be reinvested into additional student resources, including Advanced’s STEM Program. STEM Program “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments,” said Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure account executive, Johnson Controls. “These improvements will help further the mission of each school and enhance student and faculty comfort and productivity.” Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America to create environments that inspire and engage both students and faculty. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, we have helped 1,018 schools modernize equipment and building systems, improve infrastructure and energy spend, and address on-going maintenance needs.
Together with its partners and customers, Viessmann is expanding its involvement in China. The family-run company has built a new plant in Pinghu, a city close to the metropolis of Shanghai. The plant was inaugurated on November 5, 2019. Wall-mounted gas boilers will be manufactured here on a floor area of 12,000 sq. m. The site also has a research and development center for new technologies and services. Viessmann's Pinghu facility Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively" “We see an enormous potential on the Chinese market. Because of that, we decided to expand our production capacities here,” said Dr. Martin Viessmann in his welcome address. The inauguration of the Pinghu site, approximately 90 kilometers southwest of Shanghai, represents a further milestone in the company’s involvement in China, which extends back over 20 years. The new site is centrally located in one of the most important commercial areas of the country. In addition to Viessmann’s partners and customers, many suppliers are also based here. “Through this newly acquired proximity, we will be able to supply the market with solutions even more effectively,” said Martin, CEO of the Viessmann Group. Altogether, the company has five sales offices and hundreds of showrooms. China, major HVAC solutions and equipment market “China is one of the most important markets in the world, not only for individual heating systems but also for innovative and comfortable living,” said his son Maximilian Viessmann, co-CEO of the Viessmann Group. The country is a true champion of innovation, especially concerning digital applications – and is therefore also a role model for Europe. “We want to make the most out of these opportunities,” said Maximilian. Alongside their Chinese partners, the goal is to create living spaces for generations to come. To symbolize this and the joint commitment to climate protection, a tree will be planted in the dry western region of China for each of the attendees present at the inauguration ceremony. Wall-mounted gas boilers The plan is to constantly expand the manufacturing of wall-mounted gas boilers and increase the capacity in the medium term from one to three production lines. In addition to a tour through the manufacturing area, the program also included an ‘Experience Tour’ for the guests of the inauguration – which included representatives from the management, politics and around 70 Viessmann partners. The Integrated Solution Offering of Viessmann was presented during the inauguration using a typical Chinese housing scenario as an example. Vitopure water treatment system Viessmann is offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water In addition to heat, clean drinking water is also one the basic human needs. Because of that, Viessmann is now also offering the Vitopure water treatment system for the purification and softening of drinking water. Water treatment using the Vitopure system can also ensure the optimal efficiency and durability of heating systems. A further core theme of the ‘Experience Tour’ was the seamless networking of heating systems and services – the also an important step in creating comfortable living spaces for generations to come. Integrated Solution Offering Viessmann is constantly evolving from a heating manufacturer to a solutions provider for the complete living space. For this, the company develops seamless climate solutions that fill people’s surroundings with the optimal room temperature, warm water, energy and good air quality. In its Integrated Solution Offering, Viessmann seamlessly unites products and systems through platforms and digital services on the foundation of the right energy source. On top of that, it also offers a variety of additional services. The focus here is on finding the right balance between renewable energy sources and obtaining the maximum energy efficiency from fossil fuel sources.
Manchester-based Courier Express Refrigerated Transport has updated its fleet with two high-performance Carrier Transicold Supra® 850 MT (multi-temperature) units mounted to new 18-tonners, to support the company’s temperature-critical pharmaceutical and foodservice deliveries. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Supra units provide constant airflow, independent of engine speed, which means rapid pull-down Courier Express has been specifying Carrier Transicold units across its entire heavy goods vehicle fleet since its founding 16 years ago. The new Supra 850 MT units – fitted to bespoke-built Gray & Adams rigid bodies on Iveco Eurocargo chassis – are like-for-like replacements for older units that had provided the company with exceptional performance and reliability over a long life. Multi-Temperature Set Point Control “Carrier Transicold produces some of the most reliable temperature-controlled truck systems in the industry,” said John Lee, managing director, Courier Express Refrigerated Transport. “On top of this, every Carrier product we operate is intuitive and easy to use; the performance we get across our entire fleet is unparalleled.” The powerful Supra units provide constant airflow, independent of engine speed, which means rapid pull-down and accurate multi-temperature set point control. 24-Hour Operation Working on multi-drop delivery routes across the UK, each new vehicle will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is expected to clock up around 140,000 kilometres per year. With its consistent performance, the Supra 850 MT unit is the ideal choice for high intensity delivery schedules. The service we get from Carrier Transicold Manchester is fantastic" With the fleet in constant operation, Courier Express can rely on Carrier Transicold Manchester – a member of Carrier Transicold’s extensive independent service partner network – to provide expert maintenance and service support if any issues occur. Carrier Transicold’s network service partners, based in 22 key locations across the UK, are independent companies that provide support to customers operating Carrier Transicold equipment on their light commercials, trucks and trailers. Between-Routine Servicing “On the rare occasion we’ve had any problems, the service we get from Carrier Transicold Manchester is fantastic. If we need to call them between routine servicing, the engineers always respond quickly and efficiently. They really look after us,” Lee said. Courier Express Refrigerated Transport was established in 2003. It operates nationwide and delivers a range of refrigerated transport services, including chilled and frozen foods, product samples, pharmaceuticals and emergency palletised goods.
The Biltmore Hotel in London’s Mayfair has installed two award-winning Carrier AquaForce Vision chillers as part of a £60 million refurbishment project. The 30KAV inverter-driven screw chillers were selected for their exceptional energy efficiency, reliability, environmental performance, low noise, reduced running and servicing costs, and the high quality indoor climate they provide for building occupants. Carrier is a global pioneer in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. They also provide innovative fire, security and building automation technologies for commercial and residential application. Built in 1723, London’s The Biltmore Hotel is a five star establishment located in Grosvenor Square region of Mayfair. The hotel features 308 rooms, including two presidential suites and an executive club lounge overlooking the picturesque Grosvenor Square. The building has a colorful and unique position in English history as the place that the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon was announced in 1815. Carrier AquaForce Vision chillers The Carrier AquaForce Vision chillers replaced two ageing chillers by another manufacturer The Carrier AquaForce Vision chillers replaced two ageing chillers by another manufacturer that had reached the end of their working life, and were proving increasingly inefficient and unreliable. Carrier's Modernization Team carried out the work on a full turnkey basis, managing all logistics associated with dismantling and removing the old machines and replacing them with the new Carrier inverted-driven screw chillers. Environment-friendly, sustainable solution Challenges encountered by the modernization team included limited space on the building's rooftop to accommodate the new machines, and strict controls on noise levels due to the hotel's high standards for guests and surrounding residential properties. There were also limitations on power which meant careful assessment of start-up and peak loads were required. John Lam, who headed the Carrier Modernization team on the project, said, "The customer was also keen to minimize capital costs and maximize return on investment in a package that could be demonstrated to reduce the building's carbon footprint. All in all, it was a pretty challenging brief; however, due to the AquaForce Vision’s excellent energy performance and proven underlying design and engineering, we were able to meet the requirements and deliver for the client." Integrated hydronic modules The work included installation of integrated hydronic modules linked to the chiller's variable speed drives Two Carrier AquaForce Vision chillers – with a combined cooling capacity of 1460kW – were installed within the limited 6.8m foot-print available. The work included installation of integrated hydronic modules linked to the chiller's variable speed drives, chiller sequencing control and factory-fitted remote monitoring. An energy usage simulation produced by Carrier highlighted that the building has a peak cooling load of 1400kW and a base load of 700kW, requiring the chillers to operate an average of 18 hours a day throughout the week. Chiller System Optimizer Using Carrier's Chiller System Optimizer software program, the team calculated that the new installation would consume 20% less electrical power than the previous chillers, delivering savings of 345,079 kWh of electricity, equating to an annual carbon saving of 179 tons of CO2. Pranavan Natiala, Millennium Hotels and Resorts Regional Director of Engineering and Projects – Europe, said: “We required a best-in-class solution for this flagship UK hotel. Energy efficiency, part-load performance and low noise – all within a compact footprint – were critical. It became clear during the tender process that Carrier's AquaForce Vision range provided the best solution. The quality of this product, proven reliability of the Carrier brand, plus the technical expertise and support offered by the Carrier Modernization Team, were the reasons we chose Carrier.” Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers.
Norwegians and others who love winter sports will soon have the ability to enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing year-round, thanks to Carrier Commercial Refrigeration’s PowerCO2OL refrigeration system that is being installed at SNØ – Norway's first year-round indoor ski arena – in Lørenskog. Carrier Commercial Refrigeration is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. PowerCO2OL refrigeration system The PowerCO2OL system installed at SNØ arena will be the largest transcritical CO2 refrigerant system in Norway The PowerCO2OL system installation at the SNØ arena will be the largest transcritical CO2 refrigerant system in Norway consisting of three racks with a total capacity of 3,100 kilowatts, which will maintain temperatures at minus four degrees Celsius, with the ability to reach as low as minus 12 degrees Celsius, to help make it winter year-round in the ski hall. “Carrier's CO2 system meets our need for a long-term, cost-effective solution for Norway’s first indoor ski arena that will allow visitors of all ages to enjoy winter year-round,” said Ing. Petter Nome, CEO, Ipnas, a consultant on the project for SNØ. Modulating vapor ejector technology Safe and easy to install and service, the PowerCO2OL platform is suitable for a variety of large applications and can be designed as a single- or dual-temperature solution. It integrates the CO2OLtec EVO modulating vapor ejector technology as a standard feature to achieve high energy efficiency – up to 30 percent energy savings on an annual basis vs standard transcritical CO2 systems. Multiple configurations are offered including direct expansion, flooded liquid chillers, pump-assisted flooded low temperature systems and liquid-to-liquid heat pumps. The platform can be packaged in either indoor or outdoor configurations, with a cooling capacity up to 1.2 megawatts with full heat recovery. All functions are managed by a user-friendly and flexible controller. Natural refrigerant CO2 (R744) The system uses the natural refrigerant CO2 (R744), which is a safe and non-ozone depleting gas with a global warming potential (GWP) of one. There is no additional global warming impact from potential refrigerant leaks, as can be the case with traditional systems using synthetic refrigerants with a higher GWP, since Carrier’s CO2 systems use carbon dioxide repurposed from outdoor air. SNØ is set to open in January 2020. The 36,000-square-meter snow-covered area will include a 2,000-meter cross-country trail and three 500-meter slalom slopes with a designated area for beginners. The arena aims to be a natural retreat for people of all ages and anticipates welcoming over 400,000 visitors in its first year of operation.