Trane Office in Virginia Earns the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency


Trane Office in Virginia Earns the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Roanoke, Va., March 27, 2014 – The Trane office building located in Roanoke, Va., and owned and managed by Newbern Properties, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

"Trane is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Dave Pierson, district manager for Trane in Virginia. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Trane will host a media event on Monday, March 31, to celebrate the ENERGY STAR certification. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte will be on hand to present Trane with a letter of recognition for this energy efficiency achievement at 1:30 pm.  A tour of the building will follow.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR certification, Trane took the following actions:

·         Equipped the new building with energy efficient T8 fluorescent and LED lighting along with sky panels for daylight harvesting.

·         The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system consists of a variable volume hot water reheat system with chilled water and an air side economizer at the air handler for cooling.

·         All pumps and fans utilize variable frequency drives along with optimal control strategies in place.

·         The new Trane control system optimizes all building functions including lighting and occupancy control.

·         An instantaneous gas heater provides hot water to multiple low flow faucets.

·         Eight solar panels installed on the outside of the building are capable of providing 1,920 watts of electricity and are tied directly to the grid.

·         All energy and water consumption is sub metered and is displayed on an energy "Dashboard" kiosk located in the main reception area.

The two-story, 17,000-square-foot Trane building, which was built in 2012, houses more than 80 Trane employees. Trane has been serving southwestern Virginia for nearly 40 years, providing a complete line of HVAC products and services, controls, and energy solutions.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

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