Trane Introduces Balance™, the Second Generation of Multi-Pipe Systems for Efficient and Simultaneous Cooling and Heating

Simultaneous cooling and heating capability from one single system meets operational needs in theatres, offices, hotels, and hospitals while also achieving sustainability goals

Brussels, Belgium, May 19, 2016 –Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort and process solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduces Trane Balance™, the second generation of innovative multi-pipe heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for high efficient, simultaneous heating and cooling in Europe.

The European Union (EU) Strategy on Heating and Cooling states that: ‘heating and cooling consume half of the EU’s energy and much of it is wasted’[1] and the European commercial buildings sector is at the heart of this opportunity for improvement. Trane Balance multi-pipe HVAC systems recover energy by shifting use from a separate boiler and chiller to one single, simplified multi-pipe unit that simultaneously delivers hot and chilled water. This system repurposes rejected energy, or uses renewable energy, for heating the facility making a more sustainable solution that reduces the amount of investment costs, use of floor space and total operating expenses.

“The best way to save energy is to not use it, however, if you must use it – the second best way to save energy is to recover and repurpose it,” said Ronald Herpst, business development leader of Trane in Europe. “The design of the Trane multi-pipe systems allows the building owner to achieve comfort and sustainability goals at the same time. Our customers, the building occupants and the environment all benefit from full energy recovery technology.”

The Trane Balance multi-pipe system balances the supply and demand of heating and cooling in one simple system. The multi-pipe system further contributes to lower the environmental footprint due to significant lower energy use, and due to reduced quantity of the fluorinated refrigerant used.

“Modern multi-function buildings, such as large commercial office buildings, hospitals or hotels, are complex operations with multiple demands, often requiring simultaneous heating and cooling of different areas within the same facility throughout the year,” said Louis Rompré, unitary portfolio manager of Trane in Europe. “The need for concurrent heating and cooling is increasingly important for operating and providing comfort within the building, but there is also a great need to reduce the carbon footprint and save energy.”

The new Trane Balance range introduces new improvements and innovations to the multi-pipe systems from Trane that have already been delivering high efficiency and a lower carbon footprint in applications across Europe since being launched a little more than a year ago. The new range also extends the capacity of the multi-pipe systems offering to up to 780 kW for cooling and up to 880 kW for heating and is available in four different efficiency levels to best suit the customers’ needs.


Trane Balance utilizes innovative variable speed scroll compressor technology for higher performance and increased energy efficiency.

“The investment to bring this new range of the multi-pipe units to the market is in response to strong market acceptance of this technology since its launch,” added Louis Rompré. “With Trane Balance, building owners can increase their operational benefits and lower the environmental impact by balancing the supply and demand of heating and cooling in one simple system.”

The energy inside the building is distributed throughout the system with water, whereas in alternative systems where the refrigerant distributes energy throughout the building. Thus, with the multi-pipe systems, the refrigerant is contained in the unit itself significantly lowering the refrigerant piping, refrigerant charge and risks of potential refrigerant leakage.

The performance of the units is tested and validated in the Trane state-of-the-art testing facility in Epinal, France, where all units are confirmed to be compliant with Ecodesign regulations. The industry-leading test facility is approved to test HVAC products in accordance to the highest industry standards, including for example, the European Standard EN 14511, and Eurovent standard requirements.

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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. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. 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. For more information, visit



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Geraldine Velner

Communications Leader, Trane Technologies EMEA


Michal Karkoszka

Contractor, Trane Technologies