Johnson Controls and Building Homes for Heroes® will continue partnership in 2017

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YORK® contractors and distributors team up with nonprofit organization to support severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families

MILWAUKEE – (Feb.2, 2017) – The YORK® brand of Johnson Controls will continue its sponsorship of Building Homes for Heroes® through 2017 and provide veterans with home heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Building Homes for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization that recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of men and women of the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and gift them to severely injured veterans nationwide, mortgage-free.

2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that YORK and Building Homes for Heroes have worked together. Through its sponsorship of the Building Homes for Heroes program, Johnson Controls, along with YORK distributors and independent contractors nationwide, has donated quality heating and cooling systems, including installation, labor and on-going maintenance, to over 40 military families since 2014.

“Giving back to the communities where we live, work and play is important to all of us at Johnson Controls,” said Liz Haggerty, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls Unitary Products Group. “That’s why we plan to continue our support of Building Homes for Heroes in 2017, partnering with our network of local independent contractors to provide veterans with home comfort systems.”

Participating YORK contractors are installing YORK Affinity™ heating and cooling systems for reliable and energy-efficient home comfort. In addition, the company is planning to install smart thermostats as part of its 2017 sponsorship. The new YORK touch-screen residential thermostat incorporates smart technology to communicate with both conventional and connected HVAC systems. Homeowners can control their system remotely using their smartphone to monitor and adjust settings for up to six zones/rooms to save energy and feel more comfortable. The thermostat is also user friendly, with an easy-to-use touch-screen interface and remote programming features that are helpful for the disabled.

“We are honored to play a role in giving veterans a comfortable home,” said Jim Probst, president of George Brazil Air Conditioning & Heating, Phoenix, Arizona. “We’ve been a part of seven Building Homes for Heroes homes during the three years we’ve been the local HVAC contractor for the program. Every time we’re contacted to help, we jump at the chance, because there’s no greater way for us to show these vets how grateful we are for their service.”

“It’s important to note that our network of contractors like Jim and distributors is critical to the success of our partnership with Building Homes for Heroes,” added Haggerty. “They generously donate their time, services and expertise, along with the spirit that generates excitement for the program and support for our wounded veterans and their families.”     

To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes, visit To learn more about Johnson Controls’ commitment to its communities, visit

YORK® products from Johnson Controls include energy-efficient, residential central air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and accessories, and innovative light-commercial, packaged heating and cooling systems marketed through a national distribution network and delivered to home- and building-owners through qualified YORK heating and cooling contractors. For more information about YORK, visit or follow us on YouTube and @YorkHVAC on Twitter 


About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 130,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.


About Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions

Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions has an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings. Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of distribution channels, Building Technologies & Solutions’ breadth of offerings help building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK®, Sabroe® and Metasys® as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions. For more information, visit or follow @JCI_BEnews.

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Ryan Nolan
Public Relations Program Manager
Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls
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