Key Topics

  • Current VRF market size, growth rate and trends
  • The tightening of energy regulations in various states and their impact on progress of the VRF industry in the country, in the context of results oftests that VRF systems have an over 30% energy advantage over ducted systems
  • State- and city-wide incentive programs for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and the implications for VRF industry
  • Broadly speaking, barriers and opportunities in adopting VRF technology in commercial applications. Evaluation of VRF in decarbonization of heating in commercial building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Evaluating the efficacy of using VRF heat pump systems in providing heating in ultra-low-ambient conditions; possible challenges confronting consulting engineers
  • Challenges for consulting engineers in justifying the case for VRFs versus more established technologies
  • The eco-system of skill-sets in the country in design, installation, testing, commissioning and after-sales support of VRF systems
  • The availability of – and easy access to – onsite measurable performance data. The evaluation of actual performance of VRF systems versus the datasheet performance that manufacturers publish
  • The evaluation of performance of VRF systems in New Construction
  • VRF systems and historical buildings: The reported advantage of VRF systems in historical buildings – two pipes versus ducts
  • VRF systems as an option in building-retrofit projects
  • VRF systems and historical buildings: The reported advantage of VRF systems in historical buildings – two pipes versus ducts
  • The suitability of VRF systems in high-rise buildings
  • Water-cooled VRF systems
  • VRF systems and indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • Broadly, VRF systems as allies in meeting LEED Silver and LEED Gold certification requirements relating to energy efficiency (context: VRF systems typically enable earning 5-6 LEED points)
  • The new ASHRAE Guideline 41 on the design, installation and commissioning of VRF systems; a review of CSA B52, ASHRAE 15 and 34, widely being followed as VRF code
  • The global VRF standard being drafted
  • Implications of changes in global trade patterns for the VRF industry and for other AC equipment manufacturers