Around 1,900 exhibitors display the latest HVACR products and services at the AHR Expo 2020, Feb. 3-5, in Orlando. Show organizers are expecting a great turnout, judging by pre-registration activities. The 500,000-square-foot exhibition, billed as “The World’s Largest HVACR Marketplace,” includes well-known HVACR brands such as Emerson, Samsung, Johnson Controls, Daikin and Mitsubishi Electric. “The show is unique in that it is the gathering place for professionals from...
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...
Each January, hundreds of thousands of technology enthusiasts attend CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. It’s the global showcase for the latest in consumer technology. And while there are miles of trade show aisles to peruse, the best of the best can be found in one spot: the CES Innovation Showcase. This year, Resideo's Honeywell Home M5 Series received a CES Innovation Award for elevating the expectation beyond just temperature control to monitoring a home's critical systems....
Green Link Engineering has become a member of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), a professional organization that is the single voice of wholesale distribution to the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVACR) industry. Green Link designs and manufactures the KnuckleHead rooftop support system for installation of a range of HVAC equipment including heat pumps, splits, VRF, AC units, piping, conduit and ductwork. The KnuckleHead system features...
Bryan Steam LLC welcomes Bruce Carson as a Bryan Sales Administrator. Carson was most recently the Building Commissioner for the City of Peru, Indiana. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and spent time in the Navy. Bryan Steam, originators of the “Flexible Water Tube” design, celebrates its 100th year in business in 2016. Bryan Steam offers a broad range of boilers to meet customer needs including gas, oil and gas/oil fired boilers, as well as...
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 date, YORK YZ chillers are providing over 25,000 tons of total cooling capacity across the world. The awards won by the YORK YZ Water-Cooled Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller prove that it is a revolutionary advancement that challenges everything about conventional chiller design. The YORK YZ Chiller has been honored globally for its innovation. conventional chiller design The awards won by the YORK YZ Water-Cooled Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chiller prove that it is a revolutionary advancement that challenges everything about conventional chiller design. Built upon decades of chiller expertise, the engineering team questioned every component, analyzed every function and challenged every assumption. This was accomplished through a holistic approach to system design and engineering, optimizing every component around a carefully selected next generation refrigerant for ultimate performance. To maximize value, the YORK YZ design minimizes operating costs by leveraging the benefits of a new refrigerant in the heat exchangers and motor/compressor driveline while also mitigating the high cost of other refrigerants.
Resideo Technologies, Inc., a global provider of home comfort and security solutions, announced that Sach Sankpal has been named President of Resideo's Products & Solutions business, effective Jan. 7, 2020. Sankpal is a proven pioneer with a successful track record of driving growth, operational excellence and strategic transformation at global industrial and technology companies. He brings more than 25 years of experience across strategy, marketing, finance, operations and sales. Sankpal most recently served as Senior Vice President for Emerging Industries at Trimble, Inc., a $3 billion in revenue company specializing in hardware and software for global industrial companies. sales innovation and deployment During his tenure, Sankpal drove company-wide strategies for product innovation, pricing, product management, sales innovation and deployment as well as a new management operating system to support the company's multiple business lines. Prior to Trimble, Sankpal served in various leadership, strategy and operations roles at Avaya, Inc. and Navigant Consulting. Niccolo de Masi will remain as Chief Innovation Officer but will resign his role as board member He also served as President of Honeywell Global Safety Products, a $2 billion in revenue business, where he led a recovery in the segment by driving operational excellence in delivery and productivity, transforming the company's research and development program and enhancing its product roadmap. "We are delighted to welcome Sach to Resideo," said Andy Teich, the company's Lead Independent Director and Chair of its Strategic and Operational Committee. enhance shareholder value "Given his deep leadership experience and operational expertise, Sach is ideally positioned to lead the Products & Solutions business as we transform Resideo into a more profitable, efficient company. He will play a critical role executing the recommendations of our ongoing operational and financial review as we work to drive long-term success and enhance shareholder value.” Niccolo de Masi, who previously served as Resideo's Products & Solutions President, Chief Innovation Officer and Board Member, will remain as Chief Innovation Officer but will resign his role as board member.
The Viessmann Group takes over IAC Vestcold As, a well-established refrigeration installation and service partner in Norway. IAC offers full range of services covering all areas of air-conditioning and ventilation technology, industrial and commercial refrigeration, cold storage construction, as well as the sales and distribution of refrigerated cabinets. Commercial refrigeration "We are delighted that our long-term cooperation has resulted in joining our skills and competencies in commercial refrigeration for the benefit of our customers. Together we will be able to offer even more comprehensive turnkey solutions for their needs and develop our product and service offering further.” says Frank Winters, CEO of Refrigeration Solutions at Viessmann. He adds, “This acquisition is a continuation of our strategy in becoming a full refrigeration solutions provider in sustainable refrigeration for the benefit of the future generations.” IAC Vestcold As IAC employs 34 refrigeration experts focusing on premium 24/7 customer service IAC Vestcold As is located in Stokke, Norway, in the proximity of Viessmann Refrigeration As sales company. IAC’s operations cover the regions of Vestfold, Telemark and Buskerud in Norway and they are F-gas certified service partner with high focus on the environment. Already 10 years ago, the company did their first CO2 installations and today over 95% of their installations are done with CO2 and natural refrigerants. IAC employs 34 refrigeration experts focusing on premium 24/7 customer service. Jan Harald Eriksen, Managing Director of IAC Vestcold As comments, ”We have long cooperation with Viessmann in refrigeration services and have always felt that we work as one team. Joining our skills together was a natural continuation of our partnership, because there is a strong need for refrigeration technology especially due to the F-gas regulatory changes in Norway and customers request for turnkey solutions from one source. In Viessmann we can grow our service capabilities even further and have a reliable and strategically important partner to be able to fulfill this.” Strategic partnership IAC Vestcold has been Viessmann’s refrigeration partner in Norway for 20 years and joining their competencies together is a natural continuation of the cooperation. With the acquisition the Norwegian customers will have full support from the planning stage through to implementation and maintenance of the projects from Viessmann. Viessmann Refrigeration Systems As provides commercial refrigeration solutions for the Norwegian market including customers in food retail, food services, food and beverage industry and health care. The sales company provides full portfolio of refrigerated cabinets, cold rooms, systems and turnkey solutions. “We wish IAC Vestcold team most welcome to Viessmann. Knowing each other already very well, we believe our work as one team will continue smoothly, but also allowing us to learn and develop even more. We are happy to have the opportunity to grow our services within refrigeration and become a true solutions provider in Norway,” concludes Fredrik Hoienholm, Managing Director of Viessmann Refrigeration System As.
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 without releasing any CO2. Firmly committed to sustainability “The development of a hydrogen boiler is part of BDR Thermea Group’s solutions for decarbonising heating. We currently offer a range of technologies, such as high efficiency gas boilers, heat pumps and heat networks, and now also hydrogen boilers and fuel cells. Sustainably produced hydrogen is an important, potentially very interesting energy carrier for the future”, says Bertrand Schmitt, CEO of BDR Thermea Group. “Power to gas (hydrogen) is an unavoidable and necessary technology if we want to store sustainably generated energy over a longer period of time, as abundant wind and solar energy is not always immediately available at times of greatest need, such as during the winter. With the new hydrogen boiler, along with our fuel cell appliances, we are firmly committed to making the built environment more sustainable.” Exploring more pilots “The operating principle of the hydrogen boiler is the same as that of a boiler running on natural gas”, says Peter Snel, CTO of BDR Thermea Group. “In the future, we will be able to exchange conventional gas boilers for hydrogen boilers on a like for like basis, provided the supply of hydrogen is available through natural gas pipelines. That is why co-operation with network operators is of crucial importance to BDR Thermea Group. In addition to the pilot in Rozenburg, we will also participate in a large-scale demonstration project in the United Kingdom. Over 400 hydrogen boilers will be installed over the next two years.” First 100% hydrogen-powered boiler “It is an amazing achievement of our parent company to develop the first 100% hydrogen-powered boiler however that journey started by working with hybrid fuel mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas. Here in North America the focus is on hybrid fuel mixtures of natural and hydrogen fuels at various ratios” said Ron Passafaro CEO of ECR International manufacturer of Utica and Dunkirk boiler brands. “We are working with many North American stakeholders who are interested in natural gas as a means to greatly reduce CO2 emissions. The key will be proving current and legacy appliances can burn these fuel mixtures reliably and this is testing our parent company has vast experience with. Passafaro went on to say “we look forward to working with all stakeholders to have a positive impact on the environment while utilizing North America’s abundant, reliable and cost effective natural gas resources wisely”.
When it comes to business opportunities, the potential upside for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions is huge. It’s expected to be a $15 billion market by 2022. Many technicians are unsure of how to best address air quality issues with homeowners, which can cause some HVAC companies to miss out on significant new revenues. The Resideo AirCycle Program is here to change everything – starting with the conversations that techs have with homeowners about their home’s air quality. Resideo AirCycle Program Many IAQ selling strategies have focused on health-scare tactics and vague diagnoses such as warnings about asthma or mold. But this approach can lead to homeowner skepticism, and quickly take technicians out of their comfort zone of focusing on HVAC challenges and solutions. The Resideo AirCycle Program helps techs confidently reframe the air quality conversation around real data that can be measured and controlled, to help restore optimal home comfort. The system monitors these six essential air quality factors: Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Air particles Humidity Odors and smells Temperature A manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions After just 30 minutes, the system generates an easy-to-read report that’s instantly available, illustrating the condition of the home’s air. Now, instead of struggling with indoor air quality conversation starters, techs can simply point to the areas of the report that highlight which air quality factors are beyond the expected ranges, and guide the homeowner through the recommended Honeywell Home solutions. AirCycle Pro Monitor Armed with this reliable, customized data from the AirCycle Pro Monitor, techs can build tiered recommendations of Honeywell Home solutions, starting with the air quality factors most out of the “control” ranges. Some issues may be handled that same day, but others can be solved in follow-up service calls, creating ongoing sales opportunities for your business. Plus, a manager can leverage the program’s Opportunity Dashboard, which helps make better business decisions by providing: Revenue forecasting to help manage sales goals Technician comparison reports for goal setting and performance tracking Localized trend analysis to give direct insight into common homeowner needs Building IAQ opportunities The AirCycle Program includes in-depth online and in-person training sessions, coaching technicians on how to successfully use the monitor, interpret reports for homeowners and make recommendations with confidence. They’ll learn how to build IAQ opportunities into every conversation with every customer, to drive short-term sales and also create long-term relationships that add value to businesses.
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 portfolio of climate-focused innovations, Trane Technologies will create efficient and sustainable solutions for buildings, homes and transportation. Advanced Technologies And Powerful Innovation Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda" “Global megatrends are pushing climate action to the forefront of the world’s agenda,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and CEO of the current Ingersoll Rand and of the future Trane Technologies. “We excel where these megatrends intersect with our advanced technologies and powerful innovation. Building on our leadership in sustainability, Trane Technologies will redefine the status quo for our industry and challenge what is possible for our customers and the world.” Lamach added: “Our focus will be on sustainable businesses that directly address these megatrends and create customer value, a proven business operating system that generates productivity and execution excellence and a winning culture that empowers people to deliver their best. As a global leader in climate markets, Trane Technologies will have greater focus, more targeted investments and a simplified business model that will allow us to increase speed and agility and deliver value for shareholders, customers and employees.” Creating Positive Impact For Society Trane Technologies will continue to aggressively pursue Ingersoll Rand’s previously announced 2030 sustainability targets, designed to create positive impact for society and enable a premier performing company. These commitments include: The Gigaton Challenge to reduce our customers’ carbon emissions by one gigaton by the year 2030. A gigaton is equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined – or about 2% of the world’s annual emissions. Leading by Example to ensure that our operations have a restorative impact on the environment including achieving carbon-neutral operations and zero waste to landfill, and giving back more water than we use in water-stressed Opportunity for All in our workplace, with goals to achieve gender parity in leadership and workforce diversity reflective of our communities. We also will enhance opportunity in our communities through investments in education and workforce development, access to housing and comfort and food and nutrition for under-served populations. Enterprise-Wide Functions Trane Technologies’ executive leadership team will be effective January 1, 2020, in readiness for the close of the Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction, and report directly to Mike Lamach, chairman and CEO. Dave Regnery has been appointed president and chief operating officer. Regnery currently serves as executive vice president for Ingersoll Rand’s Climate and Industrial segments, overseeing financial and operating performance and reporting to Lamach. Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years" “Dave has done an outstanding job leading both our Climate and Industrial segments over the past two years. His success, extensive knowledge of our businesses and operations and passion for our customers make this expanded role a logical step,” said Lamach. The following executives will oversee Trane Technologies’ enterprise-wide functions that support its strategy, people, culture and governance, as the climate company prepares for its separation from Ingersoll Rand, and ensure continuity of leadership within the new company: Strong Leadership Team Marcia Avedon, executive vice president and chief human resources, marketing and communications officer; Paul Camuti, executive vice president and chief technology and strategy officer; Sue Carter, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who, as previously announced, has communicated her planned retirement in conjunction with the RMT transaction close, in early 2020. At that time, she will be succeeded by Chris Kuehn, who currently serves as vice president and chief accounting officer; Ray Pittard, leader of the company’s Transformation and execution excellence; and Evan Turtz, senior vice president and general counsel. Lamach concluded: “I am looking forward to leading Trane Technologies into the future, backed by this strong leadership team. Together, we will deliver on our strategy and commitments — for the benefit of our employees, customers and shareholders. We are encouraged by the great progress we are making on closing our transaction and are confident that we are positioning Trane Technologies for success.”
Smart homes are a key focus at CES 2020, the world’s largest technology event, January 7-10 in Las Vegas. The giant show features more than 170,000 attendees, 4,500 exhibitors and 1,100 industry thought-leaders featured on the CES stage. A range of technologies will be on display, from artificial intelligence (AI) to 5G, vehicle technology to AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality), robotics to home automation. smart home environment The role of intelligent HVAC systems in the smart home will be featured at the show, and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on HVAC systems (among other technologies) will be prominent. HVAC is an element that provides measurable value in the smart home environment. The Nest intelligent thermostat is almost a decade old. In the years since its introduction, HVAC has become even more intrinsically integrated into the intelligent home. “Market players are looking to expand beyond established smart home devices like smart thermostats and networked cameras to products like smart water leak detectors, smart pet feeders, and smart air purifiers,” says Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. Electronic door lock approach The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors “For the smart home market at CES this year, we expect to see numerous announcements regarding home awareness,” says Blake Kozak, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Markit. “The impact of this [event] for the smart home could be about delivering home analytics and enhancing privacy through cloudless architectures and new electronic door lock approaches,” he adds. An example of home analytics is the Resideo Home app, introduced in December, which will make whole-home monitoring possible for four critical networks of the home – water, air, energy and security. Resideo promises a “simplified and integrated smart home experience.” The Resideo T-Series smart thermostats support wireless Smart Room Sensors to balance and prioritize temperatures in the home. air management controller Daikin North America will be showing the Daikin One+ smart thermostat, an intelligent home air management controller. Beyond a typical smart thermostat, it is a controller for a full professional HVAC system with a growing ecosystem of air quality modules to give consumers more control over the air they breathe and a premium HVAC experience. OxiCool is launching HomeCool, a clean and resilient AC technology. It is designed to provide clean and silent air-conditioning for the home. The product can be configured to operate off solar thermal, natural gas, propane or electricity. It uses no harmful refrigerant and only four natural elements—earth, water, fire and air. The clean technology uses molecular sieves in vacuum-sealed units made from stainless steel and uses zero GWP water as its refrigerant. unified solution to consumers “Consumers who already own smart home products are buying more devices,” says Parks. “A key issue to address though is the lack of purchases occurring with the non-owners of these devices. Despite purchase intentions being high, consumers are not making the purchase to move adoption of products. After 10 years of being in the market, smart thermostats still only have about 11-13% adoption rate in the U.S." "In 2020, we will see companies working to provide a unified solution to consumers through professional installation and also continue to see the single-point solution pushed to get consumers in the door with a single product and expand from there.”
ASHRAE and NIST have pledged to strengthen their partnership focusing on key issues in the HVAC market. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizes the agreement and sets the stage for continued cooperation for the benefit of the HVAC marketplace. ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, is a global professional society committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and related fields. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness to enhance economic security and quality of life. Scientific Knowledge Combines With HVAC Equipment Promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness to enhance economic security and quality of life NIST’s HVAC&R Equipment Performance Group seeks to expand scientific knowledge and improve the energy efficiency of HVAC equipment. Their research activities encompass analytical and experimental studies of new-generation refrigerants, experimental and simulation investigations of space-conditioning systems in current and net-zero energy buildings, and research of cooling/refrigeration technologies. The agreement, signed Nov. 4, outlines how ASHRAE and NIST will work cooperatively to improve HVAC&R technologies and their applications. New cooperative efforts between ASHRAE and NIST will focus on several key areas: Improving building performance and cost effectiveness, including through increases in energy and water efficiency and storage technologies, and the health, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants; Improving interoperability of building systems as well as building integration with the electric grid; Supporting innovation and standards development; Strengthening resiliency of the built environment; and Bolstering cybersecurity of HVAC&R infrastructure. The Memo of Understanding was signed by ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce and Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director. “The missions of ASHRAE and NIST reflect our collective efforts to advance building performance and support integrated solutions to improve health and productivity in buildings,” says Boyce. “NIST staff have long been involved with ASHRAE through participation in the development of standards, serving on numerous technical committees and sharing many of their research results in ASHRAE publications. We are excited to formalize our partnership with NIST as we strive to collectively build a more sustainable future and enhance the wellbeing of building occupants in the communities we serve.” Mutual Interests Improve the performance, resilience, sustainability and cybersecurity of the built environment “This [understanding] confirms the many areas of mutual interest between NIST and ASHRAE as we work to advance energy-efficient technologies and improve indoor environments,” said Copan. “We look forward to working with our ASHRAE colleagues to promote public-private partnerships and technology transfer to improve the performance, resilience, sustainability and cybersecurity of the built environment.” Current projects of the NIST HVAC&R Equipment Performance Group include characterization of the performance of potential novel refrigerants. The group is developing test and predictive methods for characterizing flammability of mildly flammable single-component refrigerants and blends. The best-known contributions of the group relate to the research of environmentally acceptable refrigerants, development of advanced simulation tools, and formulation of the SEER and HSPF performance descriptors for the test procedures of residential air conditioners and heat pumps.
Could lack of ventilation impact the performance of students in the classroom? A study of ventilation and other HVAC issues in California classrooms raises the issue. According to the study by the University of California-Davis and the Berkeley National Laboratory, nearly 85 percent of HVAC systems recently installed in California K-12 schools do not provide adequate ventilation. Nearly 85 percent of HVAC systems recently installed in California K-12 schools do not provide adequate ventilation Students and teachers in improperly ventilated classrooms may be exposed to unhealthy levels of CO2 and volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, given off from building materials and furniture. CO2 levels increase as students and teacher breathe out. The Study The study visited 10 classrooms at 11 schools during the 2016-2017 school year. The classrooms had been recently retrofitted with new HVAC units under the state’s Clean Energy Jobs Act program. Across 94 classrooms with valid data, average carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations indicate the classrooms were under-ventilated. Inadequate ventilation was found in classrooms at all grade levels. Field inspections identified problems with HVAC equipment, fan control and/or filter maintenance problems in 51% of classrooms. The study included 63 rooftop units (RTUs) and 41 wall-mount HVAC systems (used primarily in portable classrooms). Classrooms in the sample were also frequently too warm to support learning Classrooms in the sample were also frequently too warm to support learning: There were 23 out of 103 classrooms that had air temperature above 25.6°C (78°F) for more than 20% of school hours. Sixty percent were warmer than the recommended average maximum temperature of 73°F. What Does This Mean For The HVAC industry? The study suggests that better oversight of HVAC system installation and commissioning is needed to ensure adequate classroom ventilation. The HVAC system must be configured to continuously provide outdoor air when the classroom is occupied regardless of heating or cooling needs. Periodic testing of ventilation systems and/or continuous real-time CO2 monitoring (either as stand-alone monitors or incorporated into thermostats) is recommended to detect and correct ventilation problems. California’s Division of State Architect review process requires projects to meet the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. However, most replacement HVAC projects are exempt from the review process; rather, schools are required to make sure the systems are compliant. Schools are required to comply with 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Carbon dioxide detectors provide an inexpensive way to provide an alert if ventilation is too low Carbon dioxide detectors provide an inexpensive way to provide an alert if ventilation is too low. Only two of the 11 schools in the study used the devices. In general, it is more difficult to judge whether a room is getting enough ventilation, which is not easily perceived by people in the room. In contrast, high or low temperatures are obvious to occupants. Schooling and HVAC “There are nearly 1,000 school districts in California,” says Theresa Pistochini, engineering manager at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “With limited resources, it is unrealistic to expect that school district personnel be adequately training to ensure compliance. Increased oversight of HVAC replacements, or other ways to address widespread inadequate ventilation in California classrooms, are needed, likely through state intervention.” About two-thirds of the classrooms were in permanent, site-constructed buildings. The rest were in relocatable or portable classrooms. The sample was weighted to lower grades, with 42 of the classrooms from seven schools serving grades K-3, and 43 classrooms from eight schools assigned to grades 4-8. Only nine of the 104 classrooms were occupied by upper grades (9-12), and 16 of those were from the two high schools. The study was published In the Building and Environment Journal.
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.
Johnson Controls will help Lubbock County, Texas address deferred maintenance in 43 facilities, improving lighting, HVAC and plumbing as well as installing a building asset management system. The upgrades will be enabled through a Tax-Exempt Lease Purchase (TELP) that is expected to produce $7.3 million in energy savings over 15 years. Lubbock County was able to address aging infrastructure without disrupting their budget, bond rating or raising taxes. Future capital funds that would have been spent on equipment failures or replacements can now be redirected into other projects within the county to help provide its community with a safe, comfortable and more efficient environment. Upgrading HVAC and plumbing We’re pleased to help Lubbock County improve efficiency through upgrades to HVAC" “We’re pleased to help Lubbock County improve efficiency through upgrades to lighting, HVAC and plumbing,” said Jennifer Edwards, account executive, Johnson Controls. “We’re pleased to help Lubbock County improve efficiency through upgrades to lighting, HVAC and plumbing,” said Jennifer Edwards, account executive, Johnson Controls. “By reducing the amount of water and electricity needed on a daily basis, the improvements will contribute to a more efficient environment overall. In addition, by engaging in a TELP, the county will be able to implement the upgrades without impacting taxpayers.” “By partnering with Johnson Controls, we’re able to provide the necessary improvements to modernize our aging infrastructure and enhance water and energy efficiency,” said Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish. “We are excited to implement these upgrades and drive sustainability forward in our county.” Johnson Controls has a long history of working with local governments throughout North America to create communities that inspire and engage both residents and visitors. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, we have helped 579 cities and counties 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.
Johnson Controls will address deferred maintenance and aging building systems at Gervais School District’s elementary, middle and high schools in Gervais, Oregon. Upgrades, including the installation of intelligent LED lighting fixtures, building controls and an updated building envelope, will improve energy and operational efficiency, reduce associated costs and enhance the environment for student learning and faculty performance. The improvements will be enabled through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), which will help Gervais School District use guaranteed savings to offset the cost of the upgrades. A comprehensive list of updates includes LED lighting upgrades, building envelope upgrades, replacement and installation of a new boiler, classroom unit vents replacement, building controls replacement, installation of a plug load management system and installation of solar photovoltaic panels. Modern future-ready school “Improving efficiencies and reducing associated costs throughout Gervais School District is only the start of our project,” said David Nellis, Performance Infrastructure account executive at Johnson Controls. “We’re thrilled to provide students a modern, future-ready school where they can remain comfortable and productive for years to come.” With funds received through the Oregon Department of Energy program, allocated specifically for energy efficiency projects, Gervais School District needed a company who could help determine the best design and implementation of solutions based on its unique needs. Johnson Controls helped the district find the best interest rate available using a tax-exempt lease purchase and implemented projects evaluated for potential utility incentives and use of SB 1149 funds. Improving efficiencies Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America “Our collaboration with Johnson Controls has helped us get the most out of current funds by prioritizing improvements based on our district’s needs and objectives,” said Dandy Stevens, superintendent of Gervais School District. “This approach will allow us to improve efficiencies, which will free up funds to reinvest in education programs and additional facility improvements, ultimately enhancing student experiences.” With these upgrades, Gervais School District will realize over $1.4 million in project benefits, which are guaranteed over the life of the 20-year agreement. The project is expected to be complete by April 2020. Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America to create campus environments that inspire and engage both students and faculty. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, Johnson Controls has helped 1,018 schools modernize equipment and building systems, improve infrastructure and energy spend, and address on-going maintenance needs.
AAON, Inc., global manufacturer of heating and cooling products, has selected Sospes’ EHS management software as its environmental, health and safety platform partner for its operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. AAON products are regularly recognized as industry-leading, most recently winning awards in July 2019 for excellence in product design in the 16th annual Dealer Design Awards Program. Sospes’ EHS management software Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies, creating a collaborative environment for improving safety and productivity. “As a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, safety is a priority for AAON. Our company has continued to experience rapid growth over the last several years, and we recognized that our safety programs need to keep up with the rest of our growth,” said Scott Asbjornson, AAON Chief Financial Officer. “This software will allow us to be more efficient, and we look forward to working with Sospes and their innovative approach to safety management.” Safety management “AAON is a remarkable manufacturing success story, and like any manufacturing operation, their employees are faced with workplace hazards,” said Tom Carson, President of Sospes. “We are proud to have been selected as their partner in safety management and look forward to supporting their commitment to worker safety and continuous process improvement.” AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment consisting of standard, semi-custom and custom rooftop units, chillers, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, air handling units, condensing units, makeup air units, energy recovery units, geothermal/water-source heat pumps, coils, and controls. Data analytics and task management Sospes’ award-winning EHS management software makes organizations better by engaging employees with easy incident reporting, accountable task management and powerful data analytics, all within a single integrated mobile application.