Every successful project starts with a framework. A vision statement. A blueprint. The editors of Engineered Systems are proud to present The Blueprint — a monthly Q&A interview with HVACR engineering’s leading voices. These one-on-one discussions will examine the trade’s history, current industry trends, the factors shaping the sector’s future, and more.
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) is a provider of ductless and VRF systems in the United States and Latin America.
As a 50/50 joint venture between Trane Technologies and Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., the company provides innovative products, systems, and solutions capable of cooling and heating any application from a home to a large commercial building.
Tom Dowling, vice president of commercial business, METUS, introduces the industry to Hybrid VRF and discusses the codes and standards dictating its use as well as the market and its applications in the latest installment of the Blueprint.
Engineered Systems: Please take a moment and introduce yourself and METUS.
Engineered Systems: While VRF has become a popular option for designers worldwide and in the U.S., a new option has emerged – Hybrid VRF. What exactly is a Hybrid VRF system and how does it differ from a traditional VRF unit?
Engineered Systems: Can you list a couple of benefits and advantages Hybrid VRF offers engineers?
Engineered Systems: What about customers – what options best benefit customers?
Engineered Systems: What vertical markets/applications are Hybrid VRF best suited for?
Engineered Systems: Is there a market for Hybrid VRF or is this too much of a niche technology to really take off in 2021-2022? Are there codes/standards already in place guiding the future of these units?
Engineered Systems: Is there anything else we should know, or any parting advice you’d like to provide?
Engineered Systems: If readers are interested in connecting with yourself or METUS, where should they turn?