March 2009 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Leading Florida Air Conditioning Firm Helps Commercial Properties

Leading Florida Air Conditioning Firm Helps Commercial Properties Achieve Peak Energy Efficiency in New or Existing Buildings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As commercial property owners grapple with high operating costs, Hill York – one of Florida’s oldest and largest air conditioning companies — is launching a new Performance Management Division and introducing Energy Solution (Hill York Green) technology solutions to reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings.
“Since 50 percent of the cost of owning a building is directly associated with operating costs, energy efficiency is critical in meeting financial objectives,” said Jeff Phillabaum, president, Hill York.

“By achieving ongoing peak performance of HVAC systems, owners can reduce energy use by 10 to 15 percent,” he said. “Hill York has strategically invested in the research, training and technology to meet the increasing demand for green building and environmental energy conservation solutions.”

With annual revenues of $84 million, Hill York delivers a continuum of design, construction, service, maintenance and replacement of HVAC systems for complex facilities.

Hill York’s new Performance Management Division and Energy Solution solutions address the “next wave” of energy saving opportunities for schools, hospitals, life science research labs and other commercial facilities. “Building a ‘green’ structure is not enough – it has to run green,” Phillabaum explained. “Hill York’s Building Oversight Management team fine tunes systems, capitalizing on energy management systems that continually monitor and analyze energy usage in buildings,” he added.

Hill York is the Florida licensee for Utilivisor technology. Proven to reduce energy use by 10 to 15% in healthcare and commercial facilities nationally, Utilivisor is a real-time web-based tool enabling Hill York’s team to monitor, analyze and “tune” the efficiency of a building’s HVAC operating systems 24/7. The U. S. Green Building Council recognizes Utilivisor as a tool for meeting LEED standards.

Hill York uses data from the last two years of energy use to model potential savings. “We advise clients to consider the Utilivisor technology only if they can expect to recover their investment within two years,” Phillabaum added.

For schools, hospitals, research laboratories and other sensitive indoor environments, Hill York offers Optinet technology. This sophisticated ventilation control strategy can sense and measure pollutants from both human and non-human sources in the indoor air. Optinet technology is the backbone of a multi-parameter demand control ventilation strategy.

In addition, Hill York is South Florida’s only contractor qualified to commission the new Lennox Strategos™ Rooftop Units – the industry’s most energy-efficient rooftop unit.

A recognized leader in the “green” building movement, Hill York was recently named Florida’s first GreenStar contractor by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), the industry’s leading trade association. The firm is also an ENERGY STAR Product and Service Provider Partner, participating in the joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Founded in 1936, Hill York has over 300 employees in five offices – Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota and Melbourne. For information, visit


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