Financial Performance Saving energy saves money

Utilities are one of the single largest line items in a typical campus operations and maintenance (O&M) budget, costing millions of dollars every year. Whether you're looking for ways to stabilize tuition, or seeking additional resources for core campus initiatives, energy management and cost reduction is a constructive place to start.

By applying sustainable design and construction practices, and implementing predictive service and maintenance programs, Trane has helped higher education institutions with energy management, resulting in savings of 10 to 20 percent on utility costs annually for new buildings; 15 to 30 percent for renovated buildings.

Lower energy costs

Virtually any action taken to reduce operating costs by reducing energy spending is a sound financial decision. Energy conservation measures (ECMs) implemented by Trane can literally transform an operating budget—producing short- and long-term cost savings to free up dollars for better use.

Opportunities to reduce energy are abundant on most campuses where buildings are typically over five years old. Compared to indoor climate control systems that are just a few years old, current high efficiency chillers, rooftop units, air handlers and other building systems from Trane use significantly less energy to operate.

A campus-wide energy audit conducted by Trane engineers can help you identify the best opportunities to reduce energy costs. Our professional engineers use industry-leading Trace™ 700 energy modeling software, a valuable tool that has been identified by the U.S. Green Building Council as an acceptable tool for measuring energy use for LEED® building accreditation.

Optimize operational spending

Campus Transformation

It's an ongoing dilemma: Budget constraints make it seem virtually impossible to catch up on deferred maintenance. Meanwhile, aging buildings and infrastructure cost so much to maintain and operate, there's never money left for improvements that would alleviate the problems once and for all.

Trane is helping colleges and universities to break the never-ending cycle of unproductive spending through our Campus Transformation approach. Based on a campus-wide analysis that considers operations and maintenance spending, the capital budget and more, Trane identifies deep savings opportunities to establish a "capital transformation fund."

Performance Contracting by Trane offers guaranteed results: If the calculated energy savings produced by facilities upgrades are less than the guaranteed amount, Trane will pay the difference.

Learn how the University of Central Missouri worked with Trane to overcome deferred maintenance challenges by implementing upgrades campus wide that helped retire $20 million in deferred maintenance, and that are guaranteed to provide more than $735,000 in annual savings.

Space optimization

Changing trends in both curriculum and campus living often require the redistribution or renovation of campus facilities. Spaces currently being used for one purpose must be transformed to suit something completely different. Trane professionals can collaborate with facility managers on campus to plan and implement upgrades and better energy management to assure that indoor climate conditions are optimal for the new application.

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The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN)

Trane relationship with The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) offers school districts an opportunity to purchase world-class equipment and services, while taking advantage of the collective purchasing power of TCPN members as an alternative to the standard purchasing process. Lowering the cost of operating schools and providing greater efficiencies and consistency in purchasing.

College and university energy consumption by end use (education buildings) in the U.S.

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