Lenoir City Schools Achieve Energy Savings of 29% After Comprehensive Energy Upgrades Through Trane Collaboration - Even Through Record Heat Wave

Three year assessment results show the city has achieved nearly $1.6 million in energy savings annually, 42% higher than expected
Oct 5, 2022 6:45 AM ET
Press Release

DAVIDSON, N.C., Oct. 5, 2022 /3BL Media/ – Trane® - by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator - is pleased to share that the Lenoir City School System in Lenoir City, Tennessee, has achieved a total energy savings of nearly $1.6 million in the three years following a comprehensive energy and infrastructure upgrade on six school and administration buildings. This is 42% higher than the savings guaranteed by Trane.

The savings involve 3,398,115 kWh in electric, 31,772 therms in natural gas and 2,316 gallons of water. This equals 2,959 metric tons of reduced carbon emissions, the equivalent of more than 7.5 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

The impact of these improvements can be felt on a daily basis. Even during the recent heatwave, staff and students enjoyed a comfortable indoor environment, with more closely-controlled temperatures and better indoor air quality (IAQ) from well-ventilated air, and optimal light levels, all while keeping costs low.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE®) recognized the project with a regional Technology Award for outstanding design innovation and successful implementation. This qualifies the project for ASHRAE’s national Technology Award – the HVAC industry’s most prestigious honor – for efficient energy use in buildings and environmental system performance.

“This significant renovation project presented a ‘perfect storm’ of opportunity for our schools,” said Dr. Jeanne Barker, Director of Schools. “Working with Trane, we were able to upgrade our existing infrastructure and improve our energy efficiency. While we had high expectations for the outcome, they have been significantly surpassed each year since construction completed.

Trane worked consultatively with the project team to identify opportunities to support the school system’s energy reduction goals for their schools, including upgrading the HVAC infrastructure along with a web-based integrated building automation controls platform, conserving waste water and other general improvements in three of the largest buildings, and replacing the existing interior and exterior building lighting to high-efficiency LED fixtures in all of their buildings. The project included high-efficiency systems upgrades for the Lenoir City elementary school, middle school, high school and vocational building, central office, maintance and the old central office.

The project was solely funded through a loan through the Tennessee Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI), and will be repaid using the energy savings realized by the project. Project costs and savings were reviewed in detail and approved by EESI’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Savings were further enhanced by approximately $85,000 in energy efficiency rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Any additional savings will flow directly back to the school system.

“The improvements requested by Lenoir City Schools to help them upgrade their systems, gave us the opportunity to make a larger impact through improved energy efficiency and decreased energy consumption,” said Nancy McBee, senior account manager, Complex Solutions, Trane. “Through our collaboration, we have designed and implemented a highly-efficient solution that has already made a positive impact on the community and helped to create a more sustainable future for our planet.”

 

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About Lenoir City Schools, Tennessee
The mission of Lenoir City Schools is to create a safe and challenging educational environment of mutual respect where each student shall discover opportunities to develop the necessary skills and attitudes to perform at a level of personal excellence. The public school district serves students in grades K-12 through opportunities at Lenoir City High School, Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle, Lenoir City Elementary, and the iLearn Institute. Our vision is "Building Lenoir City's Future ... one student at a time."

About Trane
Trane – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator – creates comfortable, energy efficient indoor environments for commercial and residential applications. For more information, please visit www.trane.com or www.tranetechnologies.com.

About Trane Technologies
Trane Technologies is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane® and Thermo King®, and our portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation. Visit tranetechnologies.com.