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Lifeworks to Reduce Energy Costs by 30 Percent with High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment Provided by Direct Expansion Solutions.


Direct Expansion Solutions (DXS), a North American HVAC manufacturers' representative that specializes in variable refrigerant flow (VRF) implementation and design, announced today that it provided LifeWorks with an energy-efficient HVAC system projected to help the non-profit organization cut HVAC energy costs by 30 percent. Daikin, represented by DXS, was selected as the basis-of-design for the project by engineering design firm, Bury+Partners, because it offered equipment that could heat and cool the facility in an efficient manner with multiple zones.

LifeWorks is a respected non-profit, donation-based organization that helps youth and families make the transition from crisis to safety and success. The facility houses multiple services, two other non-profit organizations, and hosts community functions. Because the facility operates late into the evenings and on the weekends, energy savings is a high priority and required a system that could be customized to best serve the facility’s current needs.

“Organizations dedicated to serving those in need have to identify any way to reduce operational costs,” said Keith McLaughlin, principal for DXS. “We were pleased to provide LifeWorks with specialized HVAC solutions that maximized efficiency, minimized energy costs and helped the organization reach its sustainable goals set forth by the Austin Green Build program.”

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DXS worked with Mtech, an Austin-based mechanical contractor, to install a six-unit, 96-ton Daikin Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) heat recovery system; a six-ton Daikin VRV heat pump; one Daikin Intelligent Touch Controller (iTouch) with start and stop control for ancillary equipment; and 42 indoor fan coil units.

“We relied on the guidance from the construction and engineering team to select energy-efficient HVAC technology that would reduce our energy-costs,” said Mitch Weynand, CEO of LifeWorks. “The projected 30 percent savings will allow us to streamline our operational costs and use the funds to reach more families in need of assistance.”

About Direct Expansion Solutions
Direct Expansion Solutions (DXS) was founded in 2007 to develop a dedicated team of specialists to address the rapidly growing Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) segment of the air conditioning industry. Due to the increasing demand for high efficiency and green building standards, DXS has experienced tremendous growth by helping owners and developers save time and money with the state-of-the-art Daikin VRV/VRF air conditioning system. DXS serves Toronto and the state of Texas with offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The DXS experience includes nearly all market sectors from retail, office, residential, military, healthcare, educational and non-profit applications. For more information, visit

About LifeWorks
LifeWorks is a non-profit organization that transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success. It provides counseling, education and housing to over 10, 000 individuals each year. For more information about its services, visit and the Lifeworks Austin's Blog and connect on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Bury+Partners
A nationally recognized leader in engineering design, land planning and landscape architecture, Bury+Partners is a multi-disciplinary firm staffed by the finest people in the business. Since 1984, Bury+Partners’ clients have come to rely on the company for sophisticated design and consulting in the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, traffic and transportation engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, land planning, construction administration, and sustainable solutions. For more information, visit and the blog and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Mechanical Technical Services, Inc (Mtech)
Mtech opened in 1991 and after 8 years of service to the Austin community and surrounding areas, Comfort Systems USA acquired the company making Mtech a wholly owned subsidiary of Comfort Systems USA. Comfort Systems USA is a national heating, ventilation, and cooling company that strives to provide their clients with honesty and integrity to uphold a premier safety performance, and maintain very clear and open lines of communication. As a subsidiary of Comfort Systems USA, Mtech works diligently to maintain the same client and corporate philosophy. For more information, visit



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