Mark Kuntz, senior vice president, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division, shares with our HVAC contractor readers the ductless technology trends he is seeing from a manufacturer’s perspective and what contractors can do to sell the product.
A focus on individualized comfort and energy efficiency spurs VRF growth in North America
April 25, 2016
While VRF technology has had a strong footprint in Japan and Europe for decades, it’s still maturing and gaining widespread acceptance throughout North America. And as the market matures and evolves, manufacturers are enhancing and improving their ductless offerings, including those featuring VRF technology.
Over the past decade, many efficient construction methods and technologies have been integrated into the single-family residential, municipal, government, and light commercial markets. But, one sector has lagged: multi-family condominiums and apartments.
St. James United Methodist Church’s mixed-use nature required a versatile comfort fix
February 8, 2016
Because of the mixed-use nature of church buildings, broad range of room sizes, and long vacancy periods punctuated by short stints of high occupancy, many congregations, especially those exploring retrofit projects, have turned to mini-split heating and cooling technologies in the past decade. More recently, commercial VRF systems have added even more capability, simplicity, and efficiency to the already vast number of possibilities offered by ductless technology.
Everything is bigger in Texas — at least that’s how the idiom goes. It holds true for Samsung HVAC, which held its annual sales meeting at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. The event drew more than 500 attendees — drastically more than attended last year’s event.
LG VRF systems provide comfort while maintaining building’s historic integrity
December 28, 2015
When Hampton by Hilton approached the building’s then owners with hopes of transforming it into a hotel, the hotel chain was met with the daunting task of undergoing a full renovation of the historic space that had been unoccupied since 2004.
These three working examples show how VRF technology helped a historical building never designed for air conditioning reach Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) Gold certification, a high-rise project meet Title 24 standards, and a convent save $80,000 a year on energy costs.
While the U.S. ranked fourth in the top 10 markets, it’s on the upswing. VRF continued to gain market share from small- to medium- size chillers in 2014, according to the report, and BSRIA expects market growth to continue at an 11 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2018.
The U.S. market was estimated to be worth $7.25 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a comound annual growth rate of 5.2 percent through 2019, according to a report by Transparency Market Research.