Trane Commercial Blog & Industry Updates

Do the Natural Gas Bulls Have a Chance?

Beau Walker, Energy Supply Services Department Leader July 10, 2018 10:00 AM

Is sub-$3.00 natural gas the new normal? Can the NYMEX prompt-month contract actually make a rally? In short, do the bulls have a chance anymore?

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How to Get Started With Connected Buildings

July 10, 2018 04:45 AM

The ability to connect building systems and equipment through the internet has been around for years thanks to advancing technology and better equipment design. This capability has led to a trend in connected or smart buildings where connected devices (e.g., lighting, security systems and HVAC equipment) produce data that can be captured and applied to significantly increase efficiency and save money.

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How Does Thermal Storage Add Value to Your Zero Energy Building Strategy?

Mark MacCracken, Vice President of CALMAC Portfolio & Jasmine Williams, CALMAC Marketing Leader June 27, 2018 03:30 AM

Fueled by new regulations such as those being imposed in California and Vancouver, Canada, requiring net zero new construction; challenges by organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for all new buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030; new building codes encouraging less energy use; real estate firms wanting to differentiate their holdings in the competitive marketplace; and building owners just wanting to do the right thing for the environment, the Zero Energy Building (ZEB) concept is receiving increased emphasis in the commercial real estate industry.

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What Going Beyond Means to Steve Tudor, Trane Account Manager in Nashville, TN

June 19, 2018 03:30 AM

Let’s Go Beyond™ -- The tagline permeates Trane literature, advertisements, vehicles, videos, websites and tradeshow materials. Used to convey our company’s personality and character, the tagline elevates us beyond the simple and known, onto bigger thinking and bigger problem solving, showing that Trane is leading the way beyond just products to systems, services and total solutions.

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More accurate valuation finds thermal energy storage up to 77 percent more impactful than previously thought

Mark MacCracken, Vice President of CALMAC Portfolio June 12, 2018 03:30 AM

According to a recent research project, Valuation of Thermal Energy Storage for Utility Grid Operators, conducted by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at University of California-Davis (UC Davis), thermal energy storage can provide significantly greater benefits to utilities and electricity grid operators than previously thought.

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How do Rising Oil Prices Impact the U.S. Natural Gas Market?

Jude Clemente, Senior Market Analyst June 5, 2018 03:15 AM

From the OPEC-led production cuts to global geopolitical turmoil to surging demand in China, a variety of factors have been pushing oil prices to four-year highs. U.S. WTI has recently been up 20% this year to over $71 per barrel, and the possibility of $100 oil has entered the market.

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Thermal Energy Storage and Batteries: Working Together for High Performance Results

Mark MacCracken, Vice President of CALMAC Portfolio & Jasmine Williams, CALMAC Marketing Leader May 29, 2018 04:30 AM

The energy market is going through a mass transformation. Fossil fuels are being used less and less and renewable energy is on the rise. As a result, an important element is disappearing – energy storage.

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4 Reasons VRF Could be the HVAC Solution For Your Building

Steve Hamlin, VRF Product Manager May 22, 2018 03:30 AM

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) is the ideal HVAC technology for facilities that need an energy-efficient solution. Unlike other options, VRF systems can produce 30 to 40 percent energy savings, which is significant when 50 percent of a building’s energy usage comes from its HVAC system.

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Connected Buildings: Why You Need to Go Beyond the Data

May 7, 2018 03:15 AM

Over the last five years, the terms “smart” or “connected” buildings have been used regularly, but what does that look like in practice? And how does it equate to business results?

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Women in HVAC: What we’re doing and why it matters

May 1, 2018 02:00 AM

With Women's History Month and International Women’s Day both in March, it was the perfect time for companies like ours to reflect on what we’re doing to inspire and encourage women in HVAC — and what more could be done.

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