DENVER, Nov. 15, 2006  Administrators, facility managers and designers can now learn about Trane’s 15 SEER Precedent™ packaged rooftop air conditioning system with a Tracker control system for system-wide control and monitoring.
Trane’s new system, announced this morning at the Greenbuild Conference, saves a minimum of 15 percent of HVAC electrical costs while keeping students and teachers comfortable and productive, and is designed to help schools achieve LEED Certification.

LEED for New Construction on School Projects addresses the K-12 academic environment on all levels. Workshops are being held throughout the conference to provide guidance for project teams using LEED-NC to design and construct K-12 schools. The workshops also offer an introduction to the LEED for Schools Application Guide currently under development. Case studies of LEED-NC registered and certified school projects will illustrate successful strategies and practices for improving school design and performance.

“Rapidly rising costs for utilities, maintenance, repairs and supplies are outpacing school operating budgets,” said Maureen J. Lally, institutional marketing leader for Trane. “Efficiency provides an attractive payback on a district’s investments. With Trane’s 15 SEER Precedent controls, service and humidity control options, educators can achieve their operating goals while improving comfort and performance.”

Trane’s new 15 SEER Precedent is a gas/electric cooling unit. It’s easy to install and designed so that one unit serves the need of a single classroom, and it’s controlled centrally through the Tracker controller. Additional energy savings can be earned with a service contract to ensure promised performance and humidity control options like Cool, Dry, Quiet (CDQ) or hot gas reheat for sensitive parts of the school, like the library and computer and science labs. Trane’s CDQ is a dehumidification innovation that resulted from a two-year research and development project, partially funded by the Department of Energy.
According to the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), school districts can save 30 to 40 percent on utility costs each year for new schools and 20 to 30 percent on renovated schools by applying sustainable, high performance design and construction concepts. Given that heating and cooling is the most energy-intensive application in any school building, one of the most effective ways to save money on utilities is standardization on a high efficiency HVAC system.

“The new 15 SEER Precedent is one strategy to deliver a high performance classroom,” said Lally. “It’s ideal for retrofitting, new construction, additions or replacements, particularly in districts that face growth in new school construction, increasing age of existing infrastructure, growth in student enrollment, or those with high energy costs.”

Trane has been serving schools for more than 50 years with HVAC systems and services that improve indoor air quality while saving energy, resources and money. Through Trane’s dedicated education teams, Trane offers a range of solutions to assure energy efficiency and create high performance schools; maintain high levels of indoor air quality, including temperature, humidity, ventilation and noise; deliver quiet classrooms and meet strict acoustical standards; limit operating costs and offer flexible contracting options.

Trane, the air conditioning systems and services business of American Standard Companies, is a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions. Its offerings include energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, service and parts support, advanced building controls and financing solutions. Each Trane system is designed to meet the specific needs of customers who want heating, cooling, dehumidifying and air cleaning systems for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications. In 2005, Trane contributed $6.015 billion to American Standard’s total sales of $10.264 billion. For more information, visit the Trane Web site at

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