Software Upgrades Make Modeling for LEED Easier for HVAC Professionals

Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduces new software features in TRACE 700, a load design and building energy modeling software for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals, to make modeling for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification faster and easier.

The LEED Green Building Rating System has achieved high momentum in recent years. Since its launch in 2000, more than 9,200 new construction buildings have become LEED certified.

The TRACE 700 new features to simplify modeling for LEED certification include: the LEED Guide, the Baseline Building Creator, and a complete set of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 construction types and systems.

The new LEED Guide simplifies the process of modeling for LEED version 3. This guide consists of a series of helpful screens that highlight specific ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 requirements that are relevant to the current TRACE 700 screen. The LEED Guide also provides convenient access to Table G3.1 from Appendix G of 90.1 and detailed Help.

Another advanced feature, the Baseline Building Creator, saves time and improves accuracy by automating the creation of the baseline building. Using information from the proposed alternative, this feature creates the baseline building according to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requirements.

As part of this update, TRACE 700 also includes a complete set of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 construction types and systems, as well as updated library members, including Trane Advantage VRF variable refrigerant flow equipment and equipment with new variable-speed eFlex compressors.

www.trane.com/TRACE700

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