Founded in 1911 and moved to its permanent residence in the Westchester area of Los Angeles in 1929, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is private, co-educational four-year university.
Two chiller plants service nearly 1.8 million square feet of non-residential building space arranged on the 142-acre campus.
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. When Trane added the LOBOS EE software to the LMU upgrade platform, the numbers changed dramatically, and the savings became significant enough to green-light the project.
Because of the energy savings that LOBOS EE added to the project, Trane was able to predict, through their Performance Contracting program, a monthly savings for LMU of more than $52,000.
Thanks to the collaboration between Enerliance and Trane, the multi-million dollar chiller plant upgrade will pay for itself in just a few short years in the form of realized energy savings. Without LOBOS, the project would not have been funded and the university would not have benefited from the savings.