Course Descriptions

C.D.S. Software Training

Training is offered in La Crosse, Wis., several times a year at the Reuben Trane Training and Development Center. Can't make it to La Crosse? We'll come to you! Contact us for on-site training at your facility. We also provide training at Trane sales offices nationwide.

If you have questions regarding training, please contact Trane C.D.S. at cdstraining@trane.com or 608-787-3936. 

  • System Analyzer™

      System Analyzer helps you evaluate the benefits of prospective system designs, what systems might be appropriate for an initial design, or how one system-and-equipment combination performs when compared with another.

      Trane C.D.S. offers a full day of System Analyzer training. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

      • Navigate the program and gain a better understanding of the various input field
      • Summarize how the program uses inputs to determine energy consumption and life cycle costs.
      • Understand program assumptions and how they relate to results.
      • Create multiple alternatives to model various choices.
      • Create custom library values for specific applications.
      • Interpret results and learn how to read the various output reports.
      • Practice using the program through in-class exercises
      • Identify various resources available to help licensed users

      The class is designed primarily for beginning users, but advanced users will find the class useful based on tips provided by the trainer.

      Prerequisites: You must hold a valid license for the software. If you need to purchase software, take advantage of the software and training discount.

       

  • TRACE™ 700 Load Design

      TRACE 700 Load software is a separate program incorporating the load and system portion of TRACE 700. In other words, it contains the functionality of TRACE minus the energy and economic portions of the program. Use this program to complete complex building load calculations for virtually any building.

      Trane C.D.S. provides a full day of training on TRACE Load Design. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

      • Navigate the program and gain a better understanding of the various input fields.
      • Understand how design weather is used to determine peak loads.
      • Explain how TRACE™ calculates supply temperatures and airflows.
      • Summarize the plenum heat balance calculations and how TRACE™ balances airflows.
      • Explain how TRACE™ determines coil capacities and how to zone spaces.
      • Utilize templates to reduce input time.
      • Create multiple alternatives to model various choices.
      • Create custom library values for items such as construction types, schedules, and shading plus others.
      • Share files and understand the difference between a stand-alone and network installation.
      • Summarize advanced features in the program (e.g.modeling ASHRAE Standard 62.1, importing GBXML files, and various system types).
      • Interpret results and learn how to read the various output reports.
      • Practice using the program through in-class exercises
      • Interpret results and the various output reports

      The class is designed primarily for beginning users, but advanced users will gain a better understanding of program methodology and garner tips from the trainer.

      The information in this class provides basic information critical for understanding subsequent C.D.S. TRACE courses (e.g. TRACE 700 Energy & Economics and the ASHRAE Standard 90.1/LEED Seminar).

      Prerequisites: You must hold a valid license for the software. If you need to purchase software, take advantage of the software and training discount.

      We also request that you familiarize yourself with the software by completing the tutorials in the Getting Started Guide prior to attending class. Access the Getting Started Guide from within TRACE by selecting Help > Documentation > Getting Started.

  • TRACE 700 Energy and Economics

      TRACE 700 software is the benchmark complete load, system, energy and economic analysis program that compares the energy and economic impact of such building alternatives as architectural features, HVAC systems, building utilization or scheduling and economic options.

      Trane C.D.S. provides a full day of training on TRACE Energy and Economics. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

      • Navigate the program and gain a better understanding of the various input fields.
      • Summarize how weather is used to determine peak and off-peak loads.
      • Summarize the various daytypes TRACE™ uses to calculate peak and off-peak loads.
      • Understand how TRACE™ uses unloading curves to determine energy use.
      • Create multiple alternatives to model various choices.
      • Create custom library values for cooling and heating equipment.
      • Summarize how TRACE™ calculates life-cycle costs and other economic parameters.
      • Create custom utility rate structures.
      • Identify advanced features in the program to include modeling ASHRAE Standard 62.1, importing GBXML files, and system control strategies.
      • Interpret results and learn how to read the various output reports.
      • Practice using the program through in-class exercises
      • Identify various resources available to help licensed users

      The class is designed primarily for intermediate users. The information in this class provides basic information critical for understanding subsequent C.D.S. TRACE courses (e.g. the TRACE 700, LEED, and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the Advanced Topics courses).

      Prerequisites: You must hold a valid license for the software. If you need to purchase software, take advantage of the software and training discount.

      Participants are expected to have previously attended TRACE Load Design training, and if not, to be a proficient TRACE Load user.

  • TRACE 700, LEED®, and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007

      Many know TRACE™ 700 software as the benchmark complete load, system, energy and economic analysis program that compares the energy and economic impact of such building alternatives as architectural features, HVAC systems, building utilization or scheduling and economic options. TRACE™ 700 is tested in accordance with ASHRAE Standard 140, “Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs,” and it meets the requirements for simulation software set by ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007/2010 and the LEED.

      Trane C.D.S. offers an 8-hour class discussing how to utilize TRACE™ 700 for LEED Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1 analyses through the Performance Rating Method detailed in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007/2010.  After attending you will be able to:

      • Summarize United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the LEEDv3 and LEEDv4 programs
      • Identify various credits available through the LEED for New Construction rating system and how TRACE can aid in achieving various points
      • Summarize goals of ASHRAE Standard 90.1
      • Summarize details of HVAC related areas of ASHRAE Standard 90.1
      • Summarize details of Appendix G – Performance Rating Method
      • ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requirements and how they relate to TRACE™ 700
      • Build a baseline building to satisfy LEED EAc1 through in-class exercises
      • Definean unmet hours and understand how to reduce/eliminate them
      • Understand LEED Automation and  and LEED submittals

      The class is designed for advanced users.

      Prerequisites: You must hold a valid license for the software. If you need to purchase software, take advantage of the software and training discount.

      Participants are expected to have previously attended TRACE 700 Load and TRACE 700 Energy & Economics courses prior to attending this course. If not, those taking the course should understand how to perform basic functions such as navigation, creating templates, creating custom library values, program methodology, and how to interpret results.

  • TRACE 700 Advanced Topics

      In addition to the courses above, C.D.S. offers advanced TRACE 700 training. Please contact us if there is a specific topic you would like to cover. Topics may include the following, but they are dependent on customers’ requirements:

      • Daylighting
      • ASHRAE 62.1 Inputs and Reports
      • Airflow Balancing
      • Interpreting Outputs
      • Air to Air Energy Recovery
      • Dedicated OA
      • Creating Libraries- schedules, equipment, constructions, etc.
      • TES – Thermal energy storage
      • Over/under Sizing
      • Heat Recovery Chillers
      • Waterside Free Cooling
      • Cogeneration
      • Cooling Tower Operation and Design
      • District Energy Modeling
      • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
      • Geothermal HP Systems
      • Terminal Fan Sizing (Parallel and Series)
      • Detailed Psychometrics
      • Underfloor Air Distribution
      • Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
      • Active and Passive Chilled Beams

      and many more… just ask!

      Prerequisites: You must hold a valid license for the software. If you need to purchase software, take advantage of the software and training discount.

      Participants are expected to have previously attended TRACE 700 Load and TRACE 700 Energy & Economics courses prior to attending this course. If not, those taking the course should understand how to perform basic functions such as navigation, creating templates, creating custom library values, program methodology, and how to interpret results.