Trane High Performance Building Solutions Drive Efficiency and Savings for the Unique Needs of Financial Institutions
January 04, 2013
Financial institutions handle critical data every day – data that requires specialized environments to ensure that information is processed without interruption. If a data center goes down for even 15 minutes, an organization could lose millions of dollars in information. Data centers have significant and specialized cooling needs in order to handle the heat loads associated with computational processes. Hot spots and inadequate cooling can cause costly disruptions and are daily concerns.
Mission critical operations are happening at financial institutions 24/7, with increased demands on thermal management, airflow, cooling and humidity control. Reliable, efficient and capable HVAC systems are critical to achieving optimal performance. Server density continues to increase to meet the demands of global organizations and their data storage requirements.
The Department of Energy estimates that cooling and humidification control accounts for 40 to 60 percent of a data center’s physical operating costs, making efficiency a primary concern.
High Performance Financial Institutions
Trane works with financial institutions and data centers around the world to design systems to specifically handle the unique conditions that occur in the financial environment. They make sure that the building is operated and maintained to continuously meet the needs of the facility and maintain a consistent indoor environment that supports the critical business mission.
By taking a systems approach, Trane helps financial institutions understand how the requirements of financial data processing impact building performance as well as how to manage downtime and keep systems running 24/7. By tying all of the building systems together, Trane can help financial institutions increase their efficiency while saving dollars.
Systems like the Tracer™ XT help data centers manage risk. By combining building controls system with GE Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy® Software patform, building operators can visualize, analyze, model, monitor and diagnose systems. These tools provide intelligence to manage data centers efficiently and productively, providing security and redundancy for organizations.
Example: Financial Statement Services, Inc. Saves Money with Energy
Financial Statement Services, Inc. (FSSI) is a full-service print and mail leader specializing in the design, production and delivery of high-impact statements, letters, notices and other time-critical consumer communications. With the help of Trane, FSSI completed energy conservation measures (ECMs) expected to save nearly $72,000 a year at its 168,000 square-foot corporate headquarters.
Improvements were completed to increase energy and operational efficiency in a competitive industry, reduce operating costs, and maximize system reliability to maintain customer confidence. The upgrades also improved employee comfort and productivity.
Upgrades included replacing lighting throughout the building with high-efficiency fixtures. This significantly reduced energy consumption, while improving the working environment for FSSI employees and enhancing the company’s productivity. In one production area, for example, overall lighting was increased 38 percent, while energy demand fell 40 percent.
FSSI also implemented high-occupancy sensors in its warehouse that are activated only when forklifts are operating on a particular hallway. Other upgrades included enhancing control optimization on an existing high efficiency chilled water system to increase energy and operational efficiency.
The upgrades at FSSI include an evaluation of the potential benefits of intelligent building services. Using advanced technology and analytics, Trane Intelligent Services will continuously collect, interpret and act upon data compiled from building systems and other sources. If operating anomalies are detected, Trane automatically responds or recommends steps the company can take to keep the building operating efficiently and within the predetermined performance parameters.
Financial institutions and data centers are growing and
consolidating rapidly and depend on uninterrupted operations to move
at the speed of the global economy. Trane provides these unique
customers with efficiency and reliability their customers can bank