The Trane California District, in its Los Angeles sales office, received the “Top Tenant” accolade in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its fourth year, the competition featured buildings from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs, and protect health and the environment. Together, competitors cut their energy costs by more than $100 million.
Trane placed in the top 3 percent among more than 3,300 competitors for energy-use reduction by reducing energy use by nearly 9 percent and preventing 10 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year, equivalent to the energy use from 10,741 pounds of coal burned, or, 3.6 tons of waste sent to a landfill. Kearny Real Estate Co. manages the Trane leased office building, in City of Industry, in Los Angeles County. The building, constructed in 1998, is 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
“The EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition helped us save energy, cut our utility bills, and protect the climate,” said Patrick Wilkinson, energy engineer for Trane, California District. “We are excited by the enthusiasm and commitment of our team here in Los Angeles and look forward to seeing more savings in the future from our efforts.”
Trane reduced its energy use through a variety of strategies, including the installation of Trane Energy Manager, a cloud-based, energy management system that gives building owners and operators the ability to make smarter, more cost-effective decisions about managing and maintaining buildings. Remote access to building and user-specific energy dashboards, key performance indicator reports, data trending, and fault detection and analytics are all provided via a secure web portal.
The 2013 Trane Energy Manager installation follows on improvements that Trane made to the same building in 2010, with more cost-efficient lighting retrofits to the warehouse, exterior, and office areas, and installation of new chiller controls. The lighting alone is saving 37,753 kWh each year.
“The impressive results of the fourth-annual National Building Competition are proof-positive that any building can take simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we all work, play, and learn,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings and industrial plants. “All of the participants in the Energy Star National Building Competition are finding more and more ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to Trane for helping to lead the way.”
The 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition measured energy performance over the entire 2013 calendar year. Competitors tracked their building’s monthly energy consumption using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, EPA’s online energy and water measurement and tracking tool.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.