This international wholesale club plans to open
new warehouse stores in the United States and
Mexico. While spanning geographies, the
locations have the common objectives of
cost-effectively managing building operations
and lowering energy costs.
Trane HVAC equipment with factory-mounted
unit controls was combined with a Trane
Tracer™ SC controller, a web-based building
automation system, to meet warehouse store
goals. The reliable, proven technology helps
facility managers maintain a comfortable
shopping environment, optimize energy
consumption and reduce costs.
Although the company had building automation
systems (BAS) installed in their existing
facilities, they did not have workstations and
previously tried web-based options proved
costly. With rising energy costs a concern,
corporate leaders were looking for a more
cost-effective way to manage building
operations at six new warehouse stores planned
for completion within two years.
Building operations managers contacted Trane,
the company’s primary energy management
provider for more than fifteen years. The Trane
team knew the challenges of controlling the
environment in large, open warehouse stores.
Trane HVAC equipment, unit controls and a
Tracer SC controller were selected to answer
customer needs. With components designed to
work together, the system optimizes
performance to meet facility management,
energy efficiency and budgetary objectives.
Packaged rooftop HVAC units with
factory-mounted controls deliver exceptional
efficiency. The simplified installation of the
rooftops lowers initial costs and helps to meet
tight installation deadlines. These reliable units
also require less maintenance, reducing
Trane HVAC unit controls on the rooftop units,
used in conjunction with a Tracer SC building
automation system, provide diagnostic and
troubleshooting information that helps maintain
the efficient operation of the comfort system.
The BAS scans all unit controllers to update
information and coordinate building control,
allowing building operators to manage all
components as one system. The BAS also
streamlines facility management tasks such as
scheduling, reporting and programming. With
online interface, the system provides building
operators with the flexibility to monitor and
control building operations on-site or from
The Trane HVAC, unit controls and Tracer
control system provide the wholesale club stores
with a cost-effective solution for comfort and
facility management. The building automation
system provides single-source responsibility for
the monitoring and management of the indoor
environment and offers the convenience of web
access. The system increases store efficiency,
optimizes shopper comfort and reduces energy
costs. The investment has an expected pay back
within eighteen months.
Due to the competitive nature of the wholesale
warehouse store industry, the customer name is
being withheld from this case study.
This international wholesale chain has over 500 membership
warehouses offering quality brand name merchandise at substantially
lower prices than retail stores. The warehouses are typically more than
140,000 square feet, with product selections including food,
appliances, automotive supplies, hardware, jewelry, office supplies,
toys, housewares, apparel and furniture.