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

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

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

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Aging building gets new energy efficient life

Aging building gets new energy efficient life

Massachusetts project converts school into 12 high-performance apartments that capitalizes on solar water heating technology.

Type: Case Study




Quantifying the financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Quantifying the financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

There are nearly half a million multifamily units in Chicago. More than 60% of low-income individuals living in multifamily buildings in Chicago reside in buildings that are more than 75 years old. This situation presents significant potential for energy savings.

Type: Case Study




Infographic | Wood and environmental benefits

Infographic | Wood and environmental benefits

As design and construction techniques to advance sustainability become increasingly important, wood continues to present itself as one of the most environmentally beneficial materials.

Type: Infographic




Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

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

Type: Case Study




Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

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

Type: Case Study




Rehabilitation of multifamily homes boosts efficiency

Rehabilitation of multifamily homes boosts efficiency

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

Type: Case Study




Chicago project illustrates financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Chicago project illustrates financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Research showed the average net income increased by 1.6 percent.

Type: Case Study




A look at the future of air conditioning

A look at the future of air conditioning

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

Type: White Paper




University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources

University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources

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

Type: Case Study




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