Sydney Entertainment Center Upgrades with Trane and Draws Rave Reviews
The Sydney Entertainment Centre was built in 1983 and has become one of the busiest indoor multi-use facilities in Australia.
After 23 years of good service, it was time to replace the chillers on its HVAC system. But rather than simply replacing the old chillers,
Arena Management, the Centre’s operator, considered this an opportunity to improve comfort, efficiency, reliability and environmental
friendliness. So they took a total system view and called on the expertise of Trane.
Trane Australia recommended not only replacing the old chillers with three Trane 1400 kWr and a 260 kWr helical rotary
water-cooled chillers, but also upgrading the entire chilled-water and building-control system to significantly improve overall efficiency
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trane then modified the chilled-water piping system, changing it from a primary-only, constant-volume
system to a variable-primary system that works in response to cooling load. The new Trane chillers were specially designed to operate in
this environment, so it was a perfect fit. The cooling towers were also upgraded to allow dynamic water temperature reset minimizing chiller
and cooling-tower energy use. Finally, to optimize and maximize overall system efficiency, Trane installed a Tracer Summit™ DDC building
After more than a year in operation the TRANE Tracer Summit building-automation system data logs indicated the Sydney
Entertainment Centre had achieved an overall chiller plant efficiency of greater than 5 COP. This is especially impressive considering many
chilled water plants struggle to achieve a COP of 3 or 4. In addition to a more than 20-percent efficiency improvement, the Centre won the
Energy Smart Green Gold Medal in 2002. We’d like to join in the applause for their vision and dedication, and, of course, for having the
good sense to call Trane.
The Sydney Entertainment Centre was built in 1983 by the New South Wales Government. It is one of
the largest and busiest indoor multi-use arenas in Australia and is the home of the Sydney Kings
professional basketball team. The Sydney Entertainment Centre has 9,990 fixed seats on sloping tiers
that surround the 50m x 29.5m arena floor. With an additional 1,552 seats on the arena floor, the
auditorium will seat up to 11,542. The arena floor has a legal standing room capacity for up to 2,500
extending total capacity to 12,490 persons.