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Session 805

November 1, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor Presentation Room (Second Floor)

Implications of the Northeastern Ductless Revolution

Dana Fischer

Area Manager (Maine & New Hampshire

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC - Southborough, MA

Session Description 

The Air-Source Heat Pump market in the Northeast is experiencing explosive growth year over year. Maine has gone from effectively zero heat pumps to more than 40,000 residential installations since 2010. All the rest of New England is not far behind. Where is this trend headed? What lessons are being learned along the way? In this session we will outline the trends, lessons learned, and provide practical strategies for optimal application of equipment in different kinds of buildings across our region.


Why this session is important:

Designers, engineers, architects, and installers alike are on a learning curve with the adoption of new heat pump technology that is a critical component of policy objectives around Strategic Electrification. Without adoption of best practices and an understanding of proper equipment application, the industry and occupants of buildings will not experience the optimal operation and efficiency benefits that are within reach.


Learning Objectives:

  •          Understanding of current trends and technology being employed in northern climates.

  •          Best practices in sizing related to high performance buildings.

  •          Understanding relationships between peak design loads and typical load as it relates to HVAC equipment selection.

  •          Ability to devise multiple HVAC strategies to balance building load criteria and client objectives for comfort and efficiency.


Presentation Categories:  Building Design & Construction; Energy Efficiency; High Performance Buildings; Facility Operations & Management

Presentation Level: Basic, Intermediate

About Dana Fischer: 


Dana Fischer is an Area Manager for Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC in Maine and New Hampshire. He previously worked at Efficiency Maine for 7 years building and managing market-based residential loan and rebate programs for weatherization, conventional heating systems, solar, and ductless heat pumps. During his tenure, more than 40,000 Maine homes participated in the Home Energy Savings Program, making substantial home energy upgrades and contributing to a reduction in statewide oil consumption of several million gallons per year. In addition to being a UC Davis trained micro-brewer in the 90’s, Dana has an MBA and a degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.