Pacific Palms Resort Owners Receive Trane “Energy Efficiency Leader Award”


Pacific Palms Resort Owners Receive Trane “Energy Efficiency Leader Award”

City of Industry, Calif., Dec. 16, 2014 – Owners at Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California, expect recently completed infrastructure upgrades to generate first-year savings of more than $540,000 in energy and operational costs, including nearly $343,000 in energy costs and on top of that, nearly $203,000 additional in operational savings. Owners anticipate similar savings in subsequent years. The resort also gained an additional $500,000 in one-time rebates from electrical and gas companies.

“While we’re pleased that the improvements will generate significant energy savings, it’s even better that they provide a reliably comfortable environment, optimizing guest comfort,” said John Semcken, senior vice president of Majestic Realty Co., and a co-owner and senior development partner in the redevelopment and renovation of the Pacific Palms Resort.

“These upgrades also align with our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability, reflecting our interest in supporting the City of Industry community.”

In recognition of the resort’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability, Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, presented Pacific Palms Resort owners with the Energy Efficiency Leader Award on Dec. 3, which recognizes the resort as a national leader in reducing its environmental impact.

Upgrades Increase Energy and Operational Efficiency
Many of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems were original to the facility including those serving the resort’s 35-year-old convention center (located in the main building). The antiquated HVAC systems and incomplete, pneumatic controls had become extremely inefficient, resulting in high energy usage and comfort issues throughout the building.

The resort’s project team sought to implement upgrades for the convention center and the resort as a whole to reduce energy and operational costs. The team also wanted to take advantage of rebates from local utility companies and to better align with the resort’s energy sustainability program and the requirements of groups holding events at the resort.

Prior to undertaking upgrades, the project team conducted a complete audit of the resort, undertaking an in-depth analysis of more than 200 data points to identify, validate and prioritize energy conservation measures. Based on the results of the audit, owners at Pacific Palms Resort decided to move forward with upgrades on systems, controls, energy management, lighting and services.

Resort owners funded the improvements with a performance contract, which allowed them to use future energy and operational savings to help finance the infrastructure improvements up front. Performance contracting is a funding option that provides measurable results to support strategic business objectives.

Specific upgrades included adding a 500-ton centrifugal chiller equipped with a variable speed drive to lower energy use and help ensure a comfortable environment for guests. The resort’s old steam boilers and leaking heat exchangers were also removed and replaced with four new modular, hot water boilers to increase efficiency.

A thermal energy storage system shifts demand out of peak periods of the day. A screw chiller operates at night, when energy is less expensive, to charge 16 thermal energy storage tanks installed outside the central plant. The tanks discharge during the day to provide cooling in parallel with the centrifugal chiller, helping to keep chiller use to a minimum.

An energy management system provides facility managers with a dashboard to review key data points, facilitate analysis, and help Pacific Palms Resort develop energy strategies to control costs. Working with the energy management system, an intelligent services program monitors the systems to achieve targeted energy savings.

A building automation system (BAS) ensures all equipment is optimized for maximum savings. Building operators use the BAS to access their system remotely to monitor and manage systems. A wireless communication system helps ensure that communication is maintained and eliminates communication wires between the system controller, unit controllers and zone sensors. Pacific Palms Resort owners also committed to a five-year service agreement to help ensure that systems continue to run optimally.

Increasing energy efficiency can be one of the most effective ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recognition of Pacific Palms Resort by Trane is consistent with an Ingersoll Rand-wide commitment made in September at the Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate impact long-term.

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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 $12 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 or

About Pacific Palms Resort
Pacific Palms Resort is located in the City of Industry in California, at the center of the San Gabriel Valley. This complete luxury golf resort and certified conference center offers guests 292 guestrooms and suites, 45,000 square feet of meeting and social event space, two championship golf courses, a luxury spa and salon and multiple dining outlets, all on site. For more information, please visit: