Webinar: HVAC and Student Housing – Challenges & Solutions for Today’s Campus

by Sarah Daniels


On Mar. 24, Student Housing Business hosted the webinar “HVAC and Student Housing – Challenges & Solutions for Today’s Campus.” The previous year has highlighted the need for energy-efficient, resilient systems that can lower costs. When looking at student housing HVAC system options, what key features are institutions and off-campus housing developers requesting?

Joe Shivell, vice president, Architecture & Engineering, The Michaels Organization, explains “What we see across the country on the campuses that we serve is a requirement for high performance based systems that really have an extended life cycle. The basis of this is a movement toward more sustainable environments on the campus. Also, as we engage facilities in this process, they are looking to either find systems that support existing demand on their central plant or that are independent of central plant — and really help to take the demand off of aging infrastructure.”

Click to listen to the panel and learn more about variable refrigerant flow systems versus conventional systems, energy savings, design-flexible equipment, indoor unit options and more. See a list of topics covered below.

  • ​Energy efficiency, cost savings
  • Ventilation integration
  • Streamlined (and remote) system management, plus building management and scheduling
  • VRF HVAC systems versus conventional systems
  • VRF HVAC operation and applications — layout, case studies, limitations


  • Brian Wright, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
  • Joe Shivell, The Michaels Organization
  • Rich Kelley, Student Housing Business (moderator)

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US is a leading provider of ductless and VRF systems in the United States and Latin America. As a 50/50 joint venture between Trane Technologies and Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., the company provides innovative products, systems and solutions capable of cooling and heating any application from a home to a large commercial building.

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