Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour Arrives in Miami

 

March 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour Arrives in Miami

Enhanced indoor air quality can help improve academic performance in schools, healing in hospitals and productivity for employees

Trane will present St. Lucie County School District with Energy Efficiency Leader Award at event

WHAT: The Trane® “Acceleration Now” tour launches in Miami, Fla., on Monday, March 31. Trane, a  leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is hitting the road in 2014 to bring its commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions to its customers across North America.

WHO: Media are invited to attend the Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour to learn more about how the right energy conservation measures can help organizations and businesses increase their energy and operational efficiency and the benefits they can gain as a result. These results can include improved academic performance in schools, optimized healing in healthcare environments and higher productivity and better health for employees in government and commercial buildings.

HVAC product managers, industry experts and Trane leadership team members will be available to discuss the “Acceleration Now” tour, as well as the solutions launched over the past two years and the benefits they provide to the industry.

At the event, Trane also will present St. Lucie County School District with an Energy Efficiency Leader Award which recognizes the district’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.

WHEN: Media can visit the tour on Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trane will present the Energy Efficiency Leader Award to St. Lucie County School District at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31.

WHERE: Lot 4 in Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., in Miami Gardens, FL 33056

HOW: During the Trane “Acceleration Now” tour, two semi-trucks carrying the newest equipment, controls and interactive displays will visit 70 communities in 39 weeks. Customers can learn  about these new technologies and innovations at each stop:

  • EarthWise™ Systems
  • Trane Energy Services
  • Tracer™ Products and Services
  • Controls
  • Air Handlers
  • Trane Rental Services
  • Trane Parts and Supply
  • Chillers
  • Rooftop Systems
  • VAV Systems
  • Advantage VRF™ Systems
  • Outdoor Air Systems

These energy-efficient products provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for commercial real estate, data centers and restaurants, as well as education, healthcare, hospitality, government, manufacturing and retail facilities.  Visit trane.com/areyouready to learn more about the “Acceleration Now” tour coming to Miami.

Upgrades Save St. Lucie County School District $5 million a Year
Leaders at St. Lucie County School District in Fort Pierce, Fla., expect recently completed infrastructure upgrades to save $5 million a year, cutting energy costs 30 to 40 percent. Previously ranked 60th out of the 67 Florida school districts listed by county and ranked for energy usage, St. Lucie County is now ranked 18th. The district reduced annual utility costs from more than $12 million to less than $7 million.

In recognition of the district’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability, Trane is presenting the district with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award.”

Fernando Lagomasino, Florida district general manager for Trane, will present the award to Sean Murray, energy manager for St. Lucie County School District.

“These upgrades improved the teaching and learning environment while generating drastic savings for the district,” said Sean Murray, energy manager for St. Lucie County School District. “The reduction in costs saved the equivalent of 100 teachers’ jobs.”

Prior to implementing the upgrades, the school district created an energy advisory board to evaluate options for replacing its aging and outdated air-cooled chillers. They selected a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage to provide reliable, cost-effective cooling using energy savings and utility rebates to offset the cost of the chiller investment.

Leaders selected Centennial High School as the first site for a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage and the solution generated significant results. The improvements reduced the high school’s annual electric bill by almost 40 percent.

Based on these results, St. Lucie County School District moved forward with plans to upgrade 13 district locations serving 15 schools. The improved chiller plants run at cooler temperatures to provide better dehumidification ─ important in the humid Florida environment ─ and operate more efficiently with less pumping and fewer fans.

The district selected CALMAC® IceBank® energy storage tanks for the chiller plants due to its superior design, low maintenance and long life. Technician training and support was incorporated into each equipment purchase to ensure that the systems would keep running at optimum performance. The ice-enhanced water- and air-cooled chiller plants build ice at night during off-peak hours when the cooling and power load is low, allowing the schools to take advantage of lower-cost electricity rates.

The district replaced chiller plants located at three schools in close proximity to each other with a centralized chiller plant built between them. The plant, which includes more than two miles of underground piping to connect the schools to the plant, allowed the district to reduce chiller capacity and remove 300 tons of capacity by centralizing the plants.

The district installed the chiller plant during the summer to avoid interrupting school operations with piping and interconnections completed after school start-up on weekends and holidays.

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About St. Lucie County School District
St. Lucie County School District includes approximately 40,000 students enrolled at 45 K-12 schools. The mission of the St. Lucie County School District is to ensure that all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. Educating children isn’t just a top priority for the school district, it’s also important to the community, with parents, businesses and other residents joining in to provide a full and rich educational experience for the children. Because of this unique partnership, the St. Lucie County School District is able to offer a variety of educational experiences that prepare students for the future, including charter, magnet, virtual and home schooling.

About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or trane.com.

Contact Information

Liz Soltoff

732-652-6952

esoltoff@irco.com

Melanie Boulay Becker

612-381-9554

Melanie.boulay-becker@irco.com