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Posted: Feb 6, 2012 | by admin | none

Trane HVAC Parts and Supplies, a leading distributor in Hampton Roads recently announced Angie Jones will assume the Chesapeake Parts Store Team Leader position. Jones will lead the inside sales team to continue to provide the “one stop shopping” experience to residential and commercial contractors, and facility operators. 

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to assist my team in obtaining their personal and career goals, said Jones. I am looking forward to working with the group and building stronger relationships with our clients.” 

Jones joined Damuth Trane as a Service Coordinator in 2008; prior she was the General Manager at a family owned HVAC company. Wanting to focus more on sales Jones took an Inside Sales position at the Chesapeake Parts Store in 2009. 

The Chesapeake Parts Store Team Leader position became available in October 2011 when the previous Team Leader, Matt Kurz, moved to Parts Operations Leader. Damuth Trane will be looking for a replacement of Jones’ previous position of Parts Inside Sales Representative. 

“I’ve enjoyed working with Angie and watching her develop as a leader. Because of the reputation she has built with our customers and her ability to motivate others, this career move will benefit her and the company,” said Matt Kurz Parts Operations Leader.

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Damuth Trane is a professional energy services company that specializes in providing comfort solutions to clients primarily through the sale of HVAC equipment, controls, parts, service and comprehensive solutions. Since 1970 Damuth Trane has served commercial, industrial, educational, government, and healthcare facilities; and continues to be a leading provider of solutions to help create and sustain a healthy building environment.

 

Posted: Dec 21, 2011 | by admin | none

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Roger Shull, Director of Energy Business Development with Damuth Trane, was elected President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Southeastern Virginia Chapter on Wednesday, December 14th at the quarterly chapter meeting.

The Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the AEE was organized to help promote the scientific and educational interests of individuals within the energy industry and foster action for Sustainable Development. The chapter was founded by outgoing president, Mike Gaffney of Alaris Companies, in 2009.

One of Shull’s commitments as president to the local AEE chapter is to grow membership and increase participation during meetings. Shull plans to shape future discussion topics on members’ feedback he receives.

“This is a venue for like minded individuals who desire to help promote the importance of conservation of resources for the community and business,” said Shull.

The 2012 chapter officers include:

  • President:  Roger Shull, CEM – Director of Energy Business Development, Damuth Trane
  • Vice President:  Mark Tschirhart, CEM – Associate Director for Capital Plans and Projects,YorkCountySchools
  • Treasurer:  Matthew McKeon, CEM – Senior Engineer, Alaris Companies
  • Secretary:   Douglas K Henderson, PE, CxA, CEM – Commissioning and Energy Coordinator, AECOM

The next chapter meeting will be held March 14, 2012 on thePeninsula, the exact location to be announced.

For more information about the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the AEE visit http://www.aee-seva.org

Posted: Dec 19, 2011 | by admin | none

Clint Damuth presenting Linda PriceKing with GoGreen Challenge award at a recent Board of Directors meeting.

Chesapeake Bay Academy was recently awarded first place, for the second consecutive year, in the GoGreen Challenge for Independent Schools.

The GoGreen Challenge, sponsored by Trane and BCWH Architects in Richmond, is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by Virginia schools. Schools belonging to the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) can become a certified “Green School.”

Clint Damuth, President and General Manager of the Trane Norfolk District office, presented the award to MaryAnne Dukas, Head of School and Linda PriceKing, Director of the Middle School, during a recent Board of Directors Meeting.

“It’s a pleasure to partner with Chesapeake Bay Academy and to be supportive of their efforts to be recognized as a leader among independent schools. We look forward to continuing to work with Chesapeake Bay Academy, navigating through new ways to conserve energy and improve savings.” said Clint Damuth.

The challenge consisted of 10 categories in which schools were awarded points for actions taken to reduce their carbon footprint. Some categories included Energy Efficiency and Green Buildings. Chesapeake Bay Academy’s points totaled 145 securing a first place win among the schools with less than 200 students.

A significant aspect of their 2011 award is the Campus Beautification Project. This new program was initiated for the 2011-2012 school year and was posed as a challenge to staff and faculty during the new school years’ orientation. Teams had three hours and a potential budget of $1,000 to create a beautification plan for the school. Teams supplied creative and inspiring ideas. This will be an ongoing project, some aspects of it taking several years.

Posted: Dec 14, 2011 | by admin | none

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Damuth Trane was recently named as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of “Best Places to Work” was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. 

This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, its work force and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of a total of 70 companies, split into three groups: small employers (fewer than 100 employees) mid-sized employers (100-250 employees), and large-sized employers (more than 250 employees).

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;

– Be a publicly or privately held business;

– Have a facility in the state ofVirginia;

– Have at least 15 employees working inVirginia;

– Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Organizations from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings.

The ranking of the 2nd annual Best Places to Work in Virginia will be unveiled and published in the February 2012 issue of Virginia Business.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

Posted: Dec 1, 2011 | by admin | none

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Damuth Trane was recently highlighted in the fall edition of Touchstone for their donation to the 2011 Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation’s Bra-ha-ha.

Damuth Trane’s Bra-ha-ha committee poses with donation check and “Cool Breezes, Hot Flashes.”

Damuth Trane organized an employee driven fundraising campaign to help raise money for the Bra-ha-ha and with multiple activities raised $2,353 to donate. The Bra-ha-ha committee organized two internal silent auctions where associates could bid on office furniture, décor, and an unused trailer. A challenge was also issued to associates to see which department could raise the most money.

To involve the local community Damuth Trane asked their business neighbors to match a $100 donation and passed out flyers to near-by facilities raising awareness about the event. Additionally, each of the three Trane Parts Store locations had a contribution bowl on the counter for customers to get involved as well.

In addition to the donation raised by fundraising Damuth Trane also created a bra affectionately named “Cool Breezes, Hot Flashes.” The bra was designed to illustrate the heating and cooling industry with fire on one side and ice on the other, while cool air blew through the middle.

To read the Fall 2011 edition of Touchstone visit: http://www.chesapeakeregional.com/images/stories/giving/PDFs/Touchstone_Fall2011.pdf

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Damuth Trane is a professional energy services company that specializes in providing comfort solutions to clients primarily through the sale of HVAC equipment, controls, parts, service and comprehensive solutions. Since 1970 Damuth Trane has served commercial, industrial, educational, government, and healthcare facilities; and continues to be a leading provider of solutions to help create and sustain a healthy building environment.

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.

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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

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