Enerliance and Trane Work Together to Save Loyola Marymount University $629,000 Annually
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
LOBOS saves money. LOBOS saves energy. LOBOS creates comfort. Simply put, in this day and age, an HVAC upgrade is incomplete without it—and when you couple LOBOS with top-of-the-line controls and equipment, the energy savings are simply astounding. Enerliance recently collaborated with HVAC systems manufacturer Trane for an upgrade to the Upper Campus chiller plant at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The projected energy cost-savings are a whopping $629,000 annually—and these savings come without any sacrifice in comfort to students, faculty and staff. The LMU project is the most recent example of Enerliance working with an equipment provider to dramatically increase the overall cost-savings attributed to an HVAC upgrade, and it’s just one instance where LOBOS software is changing the game.
Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), was working with LMU to find the most cost-effective way to upgrade its nearly obsolete Upper campus chiller plant. Replacing the chiller and the controls would make the HVAC system run more efficiently, but the resulting savings were not enough to offset the expense.
To make the numbers work, Trane brought the project to Enerliance. Trane knew that through optimizing the Upper Campus and University Hall chiller plants and air handling systems with Enerliance’s LOBOS software, an intelligent HVAC optimization platform, they would achieve the huge cost benefits necessary to justify the upgrades.
When Trane added the LOBOS software to the LMU upgrade platform, the numbers changed dramatically, and the savings became significant enough to green-light the project. “When we combine the LOBOS software with our chillers and controls, that’s where the power is,” said Trane Account Manager Omar Chamma. “LOBOS is a proven technology that works every time.”
Because of the energy savings that LOBOS added to the project, Trane was able to predict, through their Performance Contracting program, a monthly savings for LMU of more than $52,000.
“The combined benefits of Trane and Enerliance products have allowed LMU to project unprecedented HVAC energy savings in the coming years,” said LMU Central Plant Engineer Doug Paterson. “These savings, combined with the environmental gain, make this project a win for everyone.”
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