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Posted: Sep 28, 2011 | by admin | none

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBuilding facility managers face many challenges and for the last few years rising energy and  utility costs have been at the top of the list. More than 40 local energy engineers recently learned how to meet the challenge from Roger Shull, Director of Business Energy Development at Damuth Trane. The group gathered in Yorktown for the monthly meeting of AEE (Association of Energy Engineers) earlier this month.

 Shull’s topic, “Commissioning,” is the process to ensure a mechanical system works in accordance with the design intent. It includes testing and adjusting of the current system to ensure the building operates in accordance with requirements and construction documents. 

“This is a great opportunity for energy improvements and to fix the inefficiencies in out existing facilities,” Shull commented. 

Retro-commissioning is the systematic process to return buildings to the original design intent, typically after the building has aged five years. This is an ongoing process that requires periodic testing of the systems qualities. 

There are many benefits for commissioning and retro-commissioning. The building and systems work properly and efficiently, reducing maintenance and operating costs. The owner will experience energy savings that can help a building “go green.” This can also aid the building in becoming an Energy Star candidate or qualify for LEED certification. 

To learn more about retro-commissioning or other energy saving solutions visit damuth.com.


Posted: Sep 21, 2011 | by admin | none

      In Scott Harper’s Virginia-Pilot’s article,  “Many of the military’s ‘green’ tools go unseen” he notes how Damuth Trane is helping the local military meet their energy saving goals. 

     “The projects are part of a federal mandate to go green, to modernize old military bases with energy-efficient technologies, clean alternatives and eco-friendly buildings and materials. The Pentagon is spending about $10 billion a year on the task, intended to save money, promote energy independence, increase national security and protect the environment.

            For nervous taxpayers, perhaps the nicest element of the Dam Neck project is that a private company, Damuth Trane, paid for it. No public money was spent upfront. Instead, under an “energy savings performance contract,” Trane footed all construction costs, with the promise of being paid back by the Navy, including a share of the energy savings, as long as the system continues to operate as advertised. So far it has. And then some.”

Posted: Sep 14, 2011 | by admin | none

The September 4th Virginia Pilot article Green Zone states, “The U.S. Military is taking steps to curb its huge appetite for energy.”

“The environmental shift, pushed by billions of dollars in government contracts, has created a green momentum in the private sector, especially among engineers, environmental consultants, builders and architects, all looking for a piece of the pie.

‘You get with the program or you’re out,’ said Randy Boe, a federal contract manager for Damuth Trane, a private energy-management firm that helped build a huge geothermal heating-and-cooling system at Dam Neck Annex to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach.

The government mandates, Boe said, ‘helped push this to the forefront, no doubt. Trane saw it coming – a lot of firms saw it coming – and we see it as a good, necessary thing. It’s where the world is heading.’ “

Read the full article here.

Posted: Aug 31, 2011 | by admin | none

For Immediate Release: (August 31, 2011) Damuth Trane announced it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® Certification for their main office building located inChesapeake,VA. 

This achievement signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.   

ENERGY STAR® Certification for commercial buildings is a program to help companies save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Clint Damuth, President of Damuth Trane, commented regarding the importance of Energy Star® certification: “We’re pleased to achieve such an award.  Damuth Trane strives to demonstrate environmental stewardship. The Energy Star® label for our facility is just one way we continually measure our progress. As a property owner that is also sensitive to building operating costs, it’s good to know that our efforts will result in a positive economic impact to our bottom line.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

Damuth Trane has improved its energy performance by making and managing cost-effective improvements to its building. In February 2010, Damuth Trane used ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to benchmark the facility and compare its energy use against similar buildings. This benchmark resulted in an Energy Performance Rating that was above 50 (which is the median score), but identified there was still room for improvement.

Damuth chose to perform a retro-commissioning (RCx) project, which was completed in July 2010. Operational and maintenance improvements were implemented on mechanical equipment, lighting, DDC controls and energy management software.

After one year of operation, the results speak for themselves: a 13% reduction in electrical consumption as compared to the prior two years. Retro-Commissioning is a cost effective way to implement energy conservation measures (ECM’s) often with simple paybacks of less than three years.

Roger Shull, Director of Energy Business Development with Damuth commented: “We occupied our facility in the spring of 1998. Since then we’ve had multiple build-outs and floor plan changes. We thought we had a fairly efficient facility. Benchmarking using Portfolio Manager helped us recognize that we could make improvements. The end result was a more efficient facility that is now ranked in the top 15% of our commercial building peer group. We plan to benchmark our facility every 6-9 months so we don’t fall off our “energy diet”.” 

 For more information about ENERGY STAR® Certification for Commercial Buildings visit:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings     or         www.energystar.gov/benchmark

Posted: May 10, 2011 | by AmandaE | none

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – During the annual Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers (VSHE) Conference in Williamsburg, VA in May, Damuth Trane was honored as the vendor of the year.  The award was accepted by Phil Damuth, Direct Sales Team Leader. 

“We are very proud to accept this award and enjoy our relationship with VSHE,” stated Phil.

Damuth Trane was an integral part of the local chapter’s beginnings and continues to support the organization by hosting meetings and providing support through our people and resources.  This was the second year for the conference and the first year for the award.

In addition to receiving the Vendor of Year Award, Damuth associate, Amanda Elliott received the President’s Award for her role in helping the organization. “Amanda has provided so many services and roles for VSHE that there was no question as to who should receive this honor,” stated Mike Canales, 2010 VSHE President.

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