Trane Joins DOE's Plan to Cut Energy Intensity

Trane Joins DOE's Plan to Cut Energy Intensity

The Department of Energy (DOE) added Trane to the roster of companies it is assembling to help the agency trim energy intensity across its nationwide complex.

Thursday's development follows an announcement by Honeywell the week before that it would assist the DOE in cutting its energy intensity by 30 percent. The deals are part of the agency's Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative, a plan unveiled last week that will save about $90 million in taxpayer dollars per year.

"Building energy use is the single greatest contributor to global warming emissions while offering a significant opportunity for our country's government and businesses to save operating expenses," said John W. Conover IV, president of Trane's commercial business in the Americas, in a statement.

"Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) are an important way for the Department of Energy to deliver on its environmental promises while doing necessary facility upgrades to ensure that workers are productive and comfortable," he said.

The $6.8 billion air conditioning systems and services business of American Standard Companies, Trane has provided HVAC systems, turnkey solutions and facility management options to all government sectors for more than 50 years. Its products and services include energy-efficient heating, parts support, advanced building controls and dehumidifying systems.

The company plans to expand its building systems presence at DOE sites across the U.S. by introducing ESPCs at certain locations.

Honeywell, too, will provide ESPCs to DOE, including a project at the Washington Savannah River Co. site in South Carolina, where the company will work with the agency to replace a 1950s vintage coal-powered steam plant with a renewable biomass-powered plant.

DOE's TEAM initiative requires that the agency have executable plans ready to lower energy intensity by 30 percent, as well implement a plan to curb water consumption by 16 percent, all by fiscal 2008.

It will seek renewable energy sources, either by purchase or installing projects on its sites. New construction, major renovations and 15 percent of its existing capital asset building inventory must meet stringent new building guidelines before eventually shifting to LEED Gold certification standards or equivalent.

The agency is the second largest energy consumer of all federal agencies.