VRF Products Emerge: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 November 19, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Refrigerant Report: HFCs Regain Foothold By Peter Powell Of The NEWS Staff R ecently, there has been a lot of talk about natural refrigerants such as CO2 and hydrocarbons gaining a stronger foothold. Yet much of the talk about these natural refrigerants is related to the pos-sible phasedown of HFC production. And cur-rently, while there may be some talk about a possible phasedown, no actual action seems to be taking place worldwide in that regard. There is currently “no draft language pub-lished” in Europe regarding f-gas regulations, according to Alain Compingt, research and development director for Heatcraft World-wide Refrigeration — Europe. He told an audience of supermarket engineers at the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy & Store Development Conference that there is a focus on various carbon levies in Europe to make use of such f-gasses as HFCs more costly. “You can expect tightened requirements and potential tax or other means to bridging the capital cost gap between traditional and natu-ral refrigerant technologies,” Compingt noted. HFC-aRegainsFoothold At the same time, a first wave effort to phase out an HFC refrigerant in Europe seems to be experiencing a pushback. The website Green Car Congress reported on Sept. 27 that the automo-bile manufacturer Daimler is going to continue to use HFC-134a in its automobile air condition-ers and not convert to HFO-1234yf for the time being. The article said the manufacturer was concerned about the HFO being “dynamically dispersed at high pressure near hot components of a test vehicle’s exhaust system.” • See HFCs REPORT | page 19 Shedding Light on VRF Misconceptions By Cherie Preville Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Price Increase • Swartwout (Kansas City, Mo.) a division of Ruskin Air & Sound Control (Grandview, Mo.), an-nounced a weighted 3.5 percent price increase on FRP products and a 2.7 percent increase on all other products in 2013. V ariable refrigerant flow (VRF) tech-nology was introduced in Japan in the 1980s, but was launched much later in the American market. Since it is still a relatively new technology here, many contractors lack a full understanding about VRF equipment. But experts on these systems are striving to dispel false impressions and provide training opportunities for contractors who want to learn about VRF. Manufacturers • IMS WaterJet Inc. (Waterbury, Conn.) promoted Bill Zomro to vice president of Zomro sales, United States and Canada. • Honeywell (Minneapolis) acquired Saia Burgess Controls (Murten, Switzerland) from Johnson Elec-tric (Hong Kong) for $130 million. • Flowserve Corp. (Dal-las) named Jay Rou-eche III vice president, treasurer and investor Roueche relations. • Advantix Systems (Sunrise, Fla.) announced a partnership with De-sarrollos Hotelco Group to deliver liquid desiccant technology to the Caribbean’s hospitality industry. Continued on page 4 Dispelling False Impressions One of the most common misconceptions about VRF systems is that they are difficult to install, commission, and service, said Karl Gorbet, service manager, Panasonic Air Conditioning Group. Ken Brown, senior training manager, Mit-subishi Electric Cooling & Heating, agreed that it’s a fallacy that VRF systems are dif-ficult to install. He said that they are easy to install. “Ductwork is limited or not required at all, and the two-pipe system is extremely flex-ible. Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning systems require only a 3-inch opening in the exterior of a building for the refrigerant lines and wiring • See SHED LIGHT | page 15 home performance Minnick’s (Laurel, Md.) started focusing on the home performance market about six years ago. The contractor now offers a Total Energy Solutions Audit, which is both an energy audit and an HVAC audit — and it has paid off for the company. Read the full story on page 11. FROSTlines eNewsle er FROSTlines is a FREE monthly eNewsle er, DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: brought to you by the editors rs of The NEWS, developed speciﬁcally for refrigeration ws.com/ contractors and distributors. . eNewsle ers achrne Sign Up Today!