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U.S. DOE Honors Trane with Better Projects Award

Ingersoll Rand has earned a Better Project award. Ingersoll Rand was awarded for its work implementing energy productivity at its Trane manufacturing, engineering and assembly facility in St. Paul, Minnesota.



The Better Project award recognizes the leadership Trane and Ingersoll Rand show in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program.


Presented to recipients at the 2017 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, the award recognizes the leadership Trane and Ingersoll Rand show in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program, a partnership consisting of nearly 180 industrial companies committed to improving energy performance. Better Plants Program Partners demonstrate their commitment by pledging to reduce their energy use by 25 percent over a ten-year period.

“We are honored to be recipients of the Better Project award,” said Dave Regnery, Ingersoll Rand’s president, commercial heating, ventilation air conditioning (HVAC), North America, Europe and Middle East. “Trane is driven by a culture of continuous improvement and motivated by our commitment to increase energy productivity across not only our customers’ facilities, but our own facilities as well, further driving a corporate culture focused on sustainability.”

As part of Ingersoll Rand’s 2020 target to increase energy efficiency in its operations by 10 percent from a 2013 baseline, the St. Paul facility, home to the Trane energy services and building controls business, connected its building to the Trane Intelligent Services platform. Through this connection, cloud-based analytics on data collected revealed insights on how to best optimize the facility’s chiller plant, boiler plant and outdoor air. Realizing a reduction in energy consumption of 13 percent from 2014 to 2015, and another 9 percent between 2015 and 2016.

In addition, the company implemented a program for upgrading lighting and optimizing HVAC systems at Ingersoll Rand manufacturing plants throughout North America. Most notably, the lighting retrofit at the St. Paul facility went beyond re-lamping throughout the building. The retrofit updated facility building controls to the most current technology, and considered all system components in order to improve energy efficiency and enhance employee satisfaction and productivity. Improvements to the facility’s chiller operations and sequencing strategy of its gas fired boilers also drove reductions in electrical energy and natural gas consumption, while maintaining strict quality goals.

“By focusing on heating, cooling and lighting, which accounts for the majority of a building’s energy demand, and coupling those improvements with advanced connected building technology, we were able to make significant changes that result in sustainable outcomes,” said David Uden, Trane’s applications leader for intelligent services. “Our St. Paul facility hosts hundreds of customers from around the world annually to educate them on the industry’s most advanced technology in connected building solutions for enhanced comfort and sustainability. We feel significant pride when we bring them here because our company walks the talk and can demonstrate results with our own facilities.”

The Trane St. Paul energy optimization project directly influenced several metrics making up Ingersoll Rand’s 2020 sustainability targets. The entire project of lighting retrofits, boiler optimization and chiller control optimization took place over a period of approximately six months. The company expects a simple payback of eight years due to cost savings from a reduction in energy consumption.


About Ingersoll Rand and Trane

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit or


About Better Plants Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is a voluntary partnership initiative to drive significant energy efficiency improvement across energy intensive industrial companies and organizations. 187 leading manufacturers and public water and wastewater treatment utilities are partnering with DOE through Better Plants to improve competitiveness, drive energy efficiency, and cut energy costs.