VRF technology will reduce utility costs at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
March 4, 2019
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church’s community center in the Tempe, Arizona suburb of Guadalupe now has state-of-the-art HVAC thanks to variable refrigerant flow equipment, accessories, and installation labor donations from RectorSeal, Panasonic Air Conditioning Group (a division of Panasonic Corp. of North America), and Woody’s Heating and Air Conditioning.
For HVAC pros interested in motors and drives, Tuesday afternoon at this year’s AHR Expo in Atlanta featured a good chance to give the feet a rest and focus on the mind for a while. Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) presented a three-phase session called VFDs: Method of Laboratory Test and a Case Study.
The light load-bearing capacity of a 19th-century timber roof dictated an innovative HVAC retrofit for a historic downtown building renovation that's now home to the Detroit Institute of Music Education, a state-of-the-art music academy.
Large numbers of homes built before the 1950’s were designed with no consideration for air conditioning. To satisfy the needs of a modern lifestyle, Joe and Donna were determined to find the perfect solution, without expensive structural renovations that would jeopardize their home’s authentic design.
Johnson Controls developed the LEAN energy analysis technology over the past eight years and has used the tool to analyze retrofit opportunities in over 700 buildings. Berkeley Lab is working with Johnson Controls to automate and improve the LEAN energy analysis tool and create an open-source version of the tool for public use.
This special publication will help commercial contractors stay on top of all the important trends in the HVAC industry. In this publication, we will cover items like predicting the future of rooftop units, showcasing energy savings achieved through retrofits, and how schools are saving energy with combined heat and power (CHP).
The baffling element of the Omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December 2015 was the lawmakers’ decision to extend residential and commercial tax credits for solar photovoltaics and big wind through 2021, while allowing similar incentives for ground source heat pumps and other “orphaned” technologies to die on the vine.
That landmark in geothermal history was eventually followed by the Commonwealth Building in Portland, Oregon, which became the first commercial building in the U.S. to employ a geothermal system for heating and cooling.