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Highland Spring Retirement Center

  • Project Location: Dallas, TX
  • Owner/Client: Whiting Turner
  • Project Description:

The retirement community developer was looking for a high end HVAC system that was simpler than chilled water which they had used in the past. Daikin VRV was a good, high end solution with lower installation and operating costs. DXS equipped the apartments and common areas with a VRV heat recovery system, and Daikin MPS RTUs for some larger rooms such as the cafeteria and dining rooms. We also provided extensive training for the operations team, who were unfamiliar with the VRV technology. The system moves 280 tons of air, serving 120 rooms efficiently, and included BMS controls through an I-Touch manager and a 10 year parts warranty.

Multi-Family Key Considerations

In Europe and Asia, where cities are densely populated and high-rise apartment buildings are the norm, VRF air conditioning systems represent 50 percent of the multi-family market. As development space in North American urban areas becomes more valuable and as consumers here become more energy efficiency-minded, VRF technology is now the preferred choice of many multi-family building developers.

VRF systems offer architects and engineers with a competitive alternative to chilled water and split systems. DXS partners with developers who are attracted to VRF’s energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and its long life. And we work with engineers to customize our products, such as designing a system that provides both high-efficiency heat and air conditioning.

Key Considerations

  • Energy efficient; lower utility rates are passed through to tenants and owners
  • Opportunity to reduce overall building construction cost
  • A 20+-year lifespan on mechanical system compared to 10 to 15 years for traditional systems
  • Ability to handle temperature control for hundreds of small spaces
  • Heats and cools buildings varying in height from single story to high-rise more effectively than conventional AC systems
  • DXS onsite at five key junctures: onsite training prior to installation, quality control checks during installation, during start-up, 30 days after commissioning for building owner verification, and ongoing training for staff
  • Fast, dependable service and maintenance support after installation
  • Complete inventory of parts and equipment locally stocked