NFMT Baltimore Attendees Learn from Trane Experts about Wireless Solutions, Energy Modeling and Outcome-Based Services

Baltimore, March 3, 2014 - Wireless solutions, energy modeling and outcome-based services can all be important steps on the journey to creating high performance buildings. Experts from Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will educate attendees at NFMT Baltimore, held March 4-6, at the Baltimore Convention Center, on various aspects of the high performance building approach.

Trane will also showcase its innovative Wireless Comm solution, Facility Management solution, and its Rental Services offering in the Trane booth. Trane Wireless Comm facilitates wire-free network communication for building automation systems (BAS). While Trane has offered wireless zone sensors for several years, the recent introduction of a new Wireless Comm Interface means Trane now offers a broader wireless solution for its progressive line of Tracer™ building controls.

In addition, Trane offers a comprehensive facility management solution, which can be tailored to meet the customer’s operating and management plan. Trane Rental Services offers a variety of solutions for disaster recovery, added capacity and special event needs through its broad portfolio of rental capabilities.

Exhibition hours for the Trane booth, #1907:

  • March 4, Tuesday: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • March 5, Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • March 6, Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Trane leaders presenting at NFMT Jim Kohl, senior product manager for wireless at Trane, will discuss how wireless is expected to provide significant advantages in common building controls applications going forward. Kohl will describe common heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications, current and future wireless standards, and how wireless can be used cost effectively and reliably to overcome many common control system challenges.NFMT Baltimore Attendees Learn from Trane Experts about Wireless Solutions, Energy Modeling and Outcome-Based Services

Session attendees will learn how wireless comm can help achieve on-time, on-budget project completion; see how wireless can help achieve life cycle; and gain an understanding of how ZigBee® Building Automation supports the BACnet standard.

Kohl Presentation details:

Title: Wireless Direct Digital Control

When: Tuesday, March 4, 10-10:50 a.m.

Where: Room 327, Baltimore Convention Center

Neil Maldeis, professional engineer (PE), certified energy manager (CEM), and energy solutions engineering leader for Trane, will address how energy modeling software tools can help identify specific energy-saving opportunities for both old and new buildings. Energy modeling uses a sophisticated software tool to re-create building systems in a simulated environment.

The simulation displays the building’s systems and their interactions to show how the building is currently operating and demonstrates how the systems affect energy performance. Once the model is complete and verified, users can virtually run the building using the software. This provides a powerful resource for making infrastructure changes in a virtual environment and testing a variety of solutions to determine which would function best in the building.

Maldeis Presentation details:

Title: Energy Modeling Tools-Solutions for Creating a High Performance Building

When: Wednesday, March 5, 9-9:50 a.m.

Where: Room 321, Baltimore Convention Center

Leon Surbaugh, program manager for service agreements at Trane, will discuss the emergence of outcome-based services. The evolution in providing building services is predicated upon the cost-effective availability of operational data and real-time information. Providing services to facilities can be more efficient and cost-effective if such services are based upon pre-defined operational outcomes. Attendees will learn why operational outcomes are replacing calendar-based service tasks in today's service models, how to capture data to create more effective service models and how to economically justify service.

Surbaugh Presentation details:

Title: The Emergence of Outcome-Based Services

When: Wednesday, March 5, 4:10-5 p.m.

Where: Room 349, Baltimore Convention Center

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About NFMT Baltimore
NFMT Baltimore, held March 4-6, 2014, is a trade show and educational conference held in Baltimore for facility professionals responsible for the management, operations, maintenance, renovation and construction of non-residential buildings.

About Jim Kohl
Kohl is a senior product manager for Trane. In this role, he is responsible for wireless technologies, light commercial building control systems, chiller controls, and rooftop controls. Kohl has more than 15 years of product management, product design, and applications engineering experience. Prior to joining Trane, he managed the aftermarket development group at McQuay International. Before that he worked at the Donaldson Co. for 19 years, where he was awarded a U.S. patent for his work.

About Neil Maldeis
Maldeis is a professional engineer (PE), certified energy manager (CEM), and energy solutions engineering leader for Trane. He is responsible for the technical development, support and review of performance-based contracting solutions and activities on a national basis. Maldeis has more than 30 years of experience as a mechanical/project engineer in the building construction and energy conservation fields.

About Leon Surbaugh
Leon Surbaugh joined Trane in 2006 as a program manager for service agreements where he is responsible for the development of the Service Agreement program for the Trane North American service business. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) service industry. Prior to joining Trane, he worked as branch manager for Johnson Controls Inc. in Dallas and prior to that as account manager for York International in St. Louis. Surbaugh launched his career with HVAC technical education from Pipefitters Training Center, Kansas City, Mo.


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, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit or