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The Heat Pump – What it Is, What it Does, and What it May Do Someday

SINCE DECEMBER 1852, when Lord Kelvin presented before the Glasgow Philosophical Society a modest little paper, “On the Economy of the Heating or Cooling of Buildings by Means of Currents of Air,” the Heat Pump has been a prime target for technical writers. In fact, for most of the 96 years since Kelvin’s article, there have been more papers on the subject…

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NMD named 2015 Contractor of the Month by Contractor Magazine

Nelson Mechanical Design was honored by Contractor Magazine with their prestigious Contractor of the Month award for September 2015: What makes Nelson Mechanical Design unique when compared to other contractors? Nelson Mechanical Design is a one-stop shop:  We design, install, and service residential and commercial HVAC, plumbing, and water treatment systems and we offer both conventional (propane and electric) and green (solar…

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Mansion Hotel Uses Displaced Heat to Warm Swimming Pool

Contractor Magazine, April 3, 2013 BY JOHN MESENBRINK VINEYARD HAVEN, MASS. — Old can be perceived many different ways. For example, calling another person old, not so much a compliment. But when you take a hotel, for example, “old” suddenly becomes more interesting — it exudes character, charm, quaintness, stories and experiences. It could be the single reason you choose to stay at…

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We’re Likin’ Daikin! Our Sales are up 100%!

Owners Brian Nelson and David Sprague have doubled their sales since becoming a Daikin AC dealer. The partners started out as a heating and plumbing contractor, but today 75% of their business is Daikin Altherma and Ductless split heat pumps from Daikin AC. “Daikin AC has allowed us to set our dealership apart as the ‘Green Experts’,” says Brian. To live up…

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Nelson Mechanical Design’s 7 Secrets of Success

Dave Sprague and Brian Nelson have seven great ideas to help other dealers accelerate their businesses. “Set Your Dealership Apart.” Find a way to distinguish your dealership from your competitors. Think about the needs of homeowners and businesses in your area and then position yourself as the leader in that area. Or, identify a trend, like we did with the “green” approach,…

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Presentation features new heat pump technology – Daikin Altherma

An innovative heat pump project that reduces fossil fuel use will be featured in a presentation hosted by Nelson Mechanical Design (NMD) and the Vineyard Energy Project (VEP) on June 29.  The event at 59 Hidden Valley Road in West Tisbury kicks off with a reception from 4-4:30 pm. The focus of the presentation is a new Daikin AC Altherma air-to-water heat…

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Daikin AC Blueprint – How to Integrate Daikin Altherma with boiler – West Tisbury

Retrofit Challenge: How to integrate Daikin Altherma with an existing fossil fuel boiler / radiant heating system while ensuring winter comfort with minimum operating cost. Ted Bayne and Lea Delacour live on Martha’s Vineyard in a 3,000 square foot home heated by radiant floors and a Viessmann propane boiler. Their goal was threefold – to find a heating source that would make…

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Contractors Contribute to Environmental Activism

In the U.S. HVAC market, environmental activism doesn’t refer to anything too highly visible. There are no million-contractor marches planned for the National Mall, no protests, and no one throwing red paint on inefficient buildings. In our realm, the environmental activism taking place in 2010 centers on things like working through associations for legislative change, and focusing on the “act” part of…

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Behind the Scenes Green: Mansion House on Martha’s Vineyard

For years, the leaky basement at Mansion House was proprietor Susan Goldstein’s annoying little secret. Even following a total rebuild, after fire destroyed the Martha’s Vineyard landmark in 2001, a daily 16,000 gallons of water had to be sump-pumped, thanks to a basement that was too deep into the groundwater. But Goldstein, who owns Mansion House together with her husband Sherman, recently…

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Greening Martha : Mansion House uses geothermal technology to green its business

Published by the Martha’s Vineyard Times August 12, 2010 A geothermal heat pump system, run by the stored solar energy found in the abundant groundwater below the Mansion House, along with a sophisticated energy control system, now make the hotel one of the greenest hotels in Massachusetts, according to a press statement released this week by Susan Goldstein, the owner with her…

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Energy Excellence in Martha’s Vineyard

Nelson Mechanical Design (NMD) has a long‐standing reputation for being a green contractor, and it goes beyond the steps many HVAC contractors are taking now, well intentioned though they may be. That’s because NMD has been a trailblazer, pushed in part by the progressive customers on Martha’s Vineyard. We already introduced one of them in the article that ran in the May…

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Contractors Leading Green by Example

While contractors across the country are hitching onto the green bandwagon, a few have been leading the parade. These are the HVAC contractors, both commercial and residential, who are actively using green technologies and principles in their businesses. These are the contractors that we call “green by example.” By using technologies and business practices that make ecological as well as economic sense,…

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The Power of Two – Green Mechanical Contractor

Alex Boyle speaks passionately about what he thinks should be a national imperative: to shift to renewable energy sources. “We need to move beyond the barriers that are impeding our progress,” he says. “We have to get serious about this. We can continue to burn fossil fuels, pollute the atmosphere and threaten our national security, or we can use the wind and…

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In Business: Vineyard Energy Project energy trial set for Spring

If you need a new appliance – or several – and don’t mind being part of an energy conservation experiment for two years, now is the time to buy. The non-profit Vineyard Energy Project (VEP) which received a $787,250 grant from the US Department of Energy in October, still has funds to help 15 to 20 households participate in the program. Specifically,…

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Vineyard Energy Project Load balancing technology tested with NMD

VEP energy trial set for spring Load balancing technology to be tested in 50 households…. ……The VEP is interested in learning how the residents of the Island might better control energy costs. And, the federal government wants to learn as much as it can about the potential of energy savings, using a combination of highly efficient appliances and this process of load…

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LEED for Homes – When their old house was blown down, they built LEED home

This secluded home on Martha’s Vineyard was a long time in the making. For more than 20 summers, Doug and Margot Rothman had roughed it on their 22-acre property in Chilmark overlooking the Elizabeth Islands and Aquinnah Lighthouse. “The original house was incomplete,” says Margot. “We basically lived in the basement and camped outside.” Then in 2007, the couple, who have three…

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Greenest Design in America is Right Here

Not only are the home’s internals well-designed; the architecture is very tasteful. Much like President John F. Kennedy’s challenge 50 years ago to beat the Russians to the moon, the green energy movement has tapped into many Americans’ competitive streak. This competitive spirit is embodied perfectly in the West Tisbury home of Alexander Boyle, which recently won a national award for the…

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Small Wind on Martha’s Vineyard – Net Zero

Alexander Boyle and his family’s quest to shrink their carbon footprint began in their oceanfront home. Only 150 feet above sea level, their property rises from the sea to a “Long View,” overlooking Vineyard Sound to the westnorthwest— the direction from which the prevailing winter winds come. The property didn’t have good southern exposure for a PV system, but the winter winds would provide ample power. This set a scenario for great energy…

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Farmers Seed Plans to Sell Wind Power with Produce

Imagine a future in which you join a farm share program and receive, along with your in-season fruit, vegetables and flowers, cheap electricity. A future where you receive a wider range of produce over a longer season, maybe even year-round, as greenhouses proliferate on those farms, taking advantage of that cheaper, price-stable, renewable energy. A future where four or five big (900kW,…

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Inaugural Green Mechanical Awards 2009 – NMD 2nd Place Yoga Barn WT

BEST RESIDENTIAL SECOND PLACE JARRELL RESIDENCE West Tisbury, Mass. • Nelson Mechanical Design, Inc. The use of a 5 kW wind turbine makes this residence/yoga studio a net zero project. Technologies applied include geothermal, a radiant floor system, indirect water heaters, and energy-saving controls. A horizontal, six-ton direct exchange geothermal field was selected to serve radiant space heating loads through a buffer…

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Second Nature – Martha’s Vineyard at the Forefront of the Green Movement

…..Close by, in Edgartown, Mass., Brian Nelson just installed a solar energy and hot water system for the chic Atria, a popular restaurant with “one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world,” according to Wine Spectator magazine. Until recently, Nelson had been working with geothermal energy, but he notes that digging a series of looped pipes 6 to 10 feet…

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Radiant Cooling works in Edgartown home

Nelson Mechanical Design (NMD), a Vineyard-Haven based “green” mechanical engineering company, recently announced the successful completion of the first series of trials of a radiant cooling system installed in an Edgartown residence. According to a press release from NMD, the new cooling system is a first of its kind on Martha’s Vineyard. It works by sending cooled water through radiant tubing in…

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Going Green Means Contractor Commitment and Opportunities

One contractor who is definitely prepared for the green movement is Brian Nelson, co-owner of Nelson Mechanical Design Inc., Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. For the last four years, he and his business partner, David Sprague, have aggressively positioned themselves as Martha’s Vineyard’s green mechanical contractor, getting the word out through the Website (www.nmdgreen.com), print ads, and client base. “Green mechanical contracting is vitally…

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Support ice rink wind turbine – MV Times Letter to Editor

To the Editor: We wholeheartedly support the application for a wind turbine at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena to serve their electrical load. Every possible metric shows that this project will be vital to promotion of the energy concepts of the Island Plan: It will demonstrate the practicality of local on-site generation of electricity using solar energy (via the wind). It will serve…

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Small host of wind turbines is in research and planning stages

Several proposed Vineyard wind turbine projects are in early planning stages – for private residences, schools, municipal facilities, and businesses. Federal and state grant money and incentives for using renewable energy make wind turbine projects enticing. But, those involved in the evaluation process must weigh the projected costs savings against the initial outlays and projected payback time, as well as maintenance costs….

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Charter School eyes renewable energy system

The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School (MVPCS) not only wants to reduce its carbon footprint, but to erase that footprint entirely by the year 2010. The school will hold an informational community meeting about proposed plans for a renewable energy system to accomplish that goal on Tuesday, June 17, at 6:30 pm. The Charter School’s quest to become a net-zero, carbon-neutral facility…

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Altherma Brochure – All-in-one, All year round Heating Cooling and DHW Solution

Just like you, your customer realizes it is time to switch to an energy efficient heating system, which produces low CO2 emissions. The Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pump is a durable energy system that transforms unutilized and inexhaustible energy from the outside air into usable heat. Daikin Altherma is best combined with low temperature heating systems and aims to achieve optimal comfort….

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Altherma Brouchure – The Intelligent Way to Comfort

People are becoming more and more aware of the cost of heating. Traditional heating systems and boilers use fossil fuels, making them an expensive and not sustainable option for the environment. Nobody wants to waste their money. Since two thirds of the heat generated by the Altherma air source heat pump system is free of charge and maintenance is minimal, the perfect…

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Martha’s Vineyard digs Geothermal Systems

Most think of Martha’s Vineyard as a pastoral place with pristine beaches, beautiful lighthouses, and quaint Victorian cottages that serve as second homes to those who can afford to come and play there during the summer.  While that’s true to a certain extent, the 20 x 9 mile island off the coast of Massachusetts is also home to many residents who are…

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The Heat of the Earth – Broadside West Tisbury

…. It takes electricity to run the pump to bring the heat up and to run the compressor, but you’re not burning any fuel at all and if you put a wind turbine on the roof… but wait we’re going too fast. Let’s go back and meet Brian K. Nelson , MS and ME and Master Plumber…. Read the full article

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Geothermal heat systems planned here

A crew from New England Drilling, based in Concord, arrived Tuesday to begin work on the first two geothermal heating/cooling systems to be installed in Oak Bluffs. The new systems will be installed in the offices of Sullivan O’Connor Architects on New York Avenue and a private residence on Pheasant Lane. Contractor Steve Ouellette and his New England Drilling crew will arrive…

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Islanders tap geothermal energy – the heat beneath their feet

By Janet Hefler – February 22, 2007 When it comes to alternative energy choices, some Islanders look no further than the ground beneath their feet. Geothermal energy provided by heat absorbed in the earth from the sun offers them a free, clean, renewable energy source for heating, cooling, and water heating in their homes and businesses. Two of the Island’s biggest geothermal…

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Islanders Tap Geothermal Energy – the Heat Beneath Their Feet

When it comes to alternative energy choices, some Islanders look no further than the ground beneath their feet. Geothermal energy provided by heat absorbed in the earth from the sun offers them a free, clean, renewable energy source for heating, cooling, and water heating in their homes and businesses. Two of the Island’s biggest geothermal enthusiasts are Brian Nelson and David Sprague,…

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Geothermal energy – the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Brian Nelson and his partner David Sprague are both driven by a passion to reduce their carbon foot print and make their children proud! Nelson Mechanical Design, Inc is housed in Brian’s basement in Vineyard Haven, which is alive with hoses, gauges, valves and panels of digitally driven information about their 4 year old business, geothermal energy, as well as the display…

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The Power of Water – the AWEB Slim Jim Lake Plate

POND LOOP IN A PACKAGE Makes Installation of GeoExchange in Ponds or Bodies of Water As Simple as it Gets! SLIM JIM® The Geo Lake Plate is the lake loop of choice for fluid to fluid heat transfer in GeoExchange heat pumps or water cooled equipment (lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans). Read the full brochure Read the letter of support from Aweb Supply…

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Atria is First Island Restaurant to Go Solar

Saturday evening marked another first for the Vineyard.  At 6 pm, about 25 people gathered outside Atria restaurant in Edgartown to watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  When the deed was done, the crowd raised champagne glasses to the first Island restaurant – and first commercial building – that will rely on solar panels to generate hot water, all 700 gallons used there each…

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Oak Bluffs School Upgrades Energy Efficiency

With energy costs expected to soar this winter, Oak Bluffs school and town officials are poised to take advantage of an energy conservation program to install state-of-the-art digital technology that will control the school building’s utilities. …. …. the school will contract its installation and maintenance from Nelson Mechanical Design, Inc., and Island-based plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractor. Read part 1 Read part…

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