Trane Sets Global Benchmark By Equipping Singapore's Environment Building With The World’s Most Efficient Chiller To Achieve Annual Savings of S$135,000
Singapore, 11 April, 2013 – Trane, a world leader in climate solutions, has just chalked up another global “first” for Singapore.
It has installed in Singapore’s Environment Building the world’s most efficient chiller at 0.474kw/ton – scoring an international benchmark of 0.55kw/ton system efficiency.
The Environment Building, located at Scotts Road, serves as the headquarters of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
With the successful upgrade of its chiller system, the Environment Building will reap a total of 500,000 kilowatt hours (KWH) in annual energy savings. This can power up to 165 units of 3-room HDB flats and achieve a reduction of 250,000kg of carbon emission, equivalent to planting 6450 trees or taking 50 cars off the road. The retrofit will also lead to cost savings of S$135,000 per year.
This project, completed in November 2012, underscores the Ministry’s commitment to raising energy efficiency and enhancing urban sustainability in Singapore. By achieving this global breakthrough with Trane’s unique chiller technology, the Environment Building’s cooling system will be operating on the world’s most energy efficient chiller, using low pressure HCFC-123 refrigerant that has low emission, low vibration and low noise owing to low operating speed (direct drive).
The Environment Building was spotlighted at a special technical seminar organised in conjunction with Trane’s 100th anniversary. Held at Singapore’s Orchard Hotel, the event was attended by a total of about 250 industry leaders and practitioners and officiated by Guest of Honour, Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC and chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development and Environment.
Raising Global Energy Efficiency Standards, Growing Sustainability Solutions and Enhancing Talent/Capability Development
While congratulating Trane on its centenary, Dr Lee said, “Climate change is one of the major environmental challenges of our time. It is a global challenge, which requires concerted international action. The onus is also on individual countries and building owners as well as building occupants to find appropriate measures to tackle the problem. Singapore, now a global city, is therefore keen to play a key role in this regard.
“To drive energy efficiency improvement, it is paramount to invest in building capability to drive and sustain energy efficiency efforts. We should develop the local knowledge base and expertise in energy management. To this end, Trane has done much to contribute to Singapore’s environmental efforts, particularly in the green building industry. Trane has not only brought industry-changing innovations that greened more than half of the hotels in Singapore and created several global high-performance green building icons here – but it has also contributed to the knowledge transfer of energy efficiency management skills/expertise and played an active role in developing professional talent in the area of sustainable energy solutions for buildings and urban landscapes.”
Apart from providing engineers from various agencies such as the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) the opportunity to attend the yearly Graduate Engineer Training Program in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, US, Trane also contributes to the development of green professional talent locally through giving technical talks and seminars to engineers from other private and public organisations. Furthermore, Trane has been providing instructors for GMM/GMP/GMFM courses since 2010.
To meet rising industry demands for 2013, Trane plans to increase the frequency of training courses – Basic Air Conditioning Training (BACT) will be held twice this year and Trane’s Breakfast Talks for senior management executives will increase from four to six. There are also ongoing discussions with the authorities for Trane to develop more high level training programs to raise the standards of green expertise and practices in Singapore.
Trane, which has a 50-year history in Singapore, has greened more than one-quarter of commercial buildings here.
Using Trane’s proprietary chilled-water cooling system, these commercial buildings have reaped more than 68 million kilowatt hours in energy savings and 40.8 million kg of carbon reduction annually, which is equivalent to powering 22,200 units of 3-room HDB flats, planting 871,800 trees or taking 6,800 cars off the road.
Accelerating Ahead With New Growth Opportunities
While Trane’s trailblazing past has been instrumental in helping Singapore and many countries worldwide register significant improvements in energy efficiency through installation of proven patented green chiller technologies in buildings and urban structures, it is all set to take on new challenges and opportunities to drive growth in the coming years.
Trane’s Country General Manager, Mr Cheng Sin Yew, said “With Singapore’s new Energy Conservation Act coupled with greater awareness among building owners and tenants of the substantial financial and eco benefits of green buildings, Trane expects a significant rise in demand for energy efficient solutions among these stakeholders. Indeed, we strongly believe that building owners will reap positive returns of up to 30% on their investments in energy-efficient systems as air-conditioning typically takes up as much as 60% of energy costs of buildings. In addition to tangible savings, building owners can also expect to enjoy an increase in capital value of their properties by up to 17%.”
As sustainability and efficiency initiatives take hold around the world, firms are finding business value and opportunities from green buildings, according to the latest McGraw-Hill Construction’s latest SmartMarket Report released in February 2013.
The report, “World Green Building Trends – Business Benefits Driving New and Retrofit Market Opportunities in Over 60 Countries,” has forecast that the green building market in Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Australia to grow between 33 and 68 per cent from 2012 to 2015.
Mr Cheng said: “This upbeat report resonates with Trane’s belief that the green building movement has shifted from ‘push’ to ‘pull’ –with markets increasingly demanding no less than green buildings. As such, Trane is optimistic of its growth prospects in line with the positive industry forecast.
“As we move into our second century, we intend to continue to play a leadership role in energy efficiency as we drive the advancement of energy management services and energy conservation by bringing forth more industry-changing innovations. Trane will continue to improve lives by initiating groundbreaking, efficient ways to improve buildings and other urban premises.”
Globally, Trane operates in over 400 locations around the world, employing more than 700 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professionals and 25,000 associates in 60 countries.
Among the landmark buildings “greened” by Trane include the Space Needle in Washington, Grand Central Station in New York, Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in China and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.
In addition to commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2013, Trane is also celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its first centrifugal chiller worldwide this year. Trane’s Earthwise CenTraVac Centrifugal Chillers is touted as most efficient and reliable chiller which produces the lowest emissions in the world.