VRF Products Emerge: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 November 24, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn HVACR Teachers Inspire Lifelong Success E By Jen Anesi Of The NEWS Staff ach year, The NEWS and the Air-Con-ditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) ask readers to help us recognize the industry’s very best educators. This year, separate nominations were whittled down to just four winners — the best of the best — who are honored in this issue. These individuals are not only experts in their fields, they are inspirations to students, cowork-ers, and fellow HVACR professionals. Therefore, it is our pleasure to announce the winners of the annual Best Instruc-tor Contest and the third annual Best Trainer Contest. These four men have worked tire-lessly to not only become leaders in their fields, but to also share their knowledge and skills with others in order to help them succeed. Brian Forbes, HVACR instructor at Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Florida, has earned the title of Best Instructor. Chris Compton, founder and CEO of HVACRedu.net, received runner-up honors. Gerry Wagner, director of technical train-ing at Motors and Armatures Inc. (MARS)/Heat Controller, earned the title of Best Trainer while Rick Streacker, national training manager for Packard Inc., received runner-up honors. Forbes, Compton, Wagner, and Streacker continue to be leading examples of how the industry is constantly shaping its next gen-eration. Learn more about this year’s Best Instructors and Trainers starting on Page . 2014 Best Instructor winner Brian Forbes watches as students check a system for leaks. Forbes’ course is the last class HVACR students take before graduating from the HVACR program at Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Florida. VRF Gaining Acceptance in U.S. Marketplace W By Nicole Krawcke Of The NEWS Staff ith rising energy costs and expanding energy consump-tion awareness, it’s no wonder variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology continues to gain ground in the U.S. marketplace. VRF has the potential to achieve percent energy savings compared to older systems, according to a study by the U.S. General Services Administration. The U.S. market was estimated to be worth . billion in and is expected to grow at a comound annual growth rate of . percent through , according to a report by Trans-parency Market Research. Malcolm Persaud, senior manager, prod-uct and market development, Panasonic Air Conditioning Group, said because the U.S. has a history of preferring ducted systems, most contractors’ skill levels revolve around sheet metal and ductwork installations. However, the market is now experiencing a paradigm shift. “Consider -plus years ago, when Japanese car manufacturers came to the U.S., the Ameri-cans said, these things will never sell,” he said. “Now, -plus years later, what are we seeing on the roads — Japanese cars. I believe we are at the cusp of that change right now, and it’s happen-ing very rapidly. In the last three years, there are probably seven new VRF manufacturers from Asia that have moved into the U.S. market. We have to change the perception, like the car man-ufacturers did, in the HVAC industry.” • See VRF MARKET | page 19 A end this FREE Webinar! # achrnewswebinars DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: HowtoStaySafeand CompliantintheField DATETUESDAYDEC|TIME PMEDT Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.