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Green Building Industry Seeks Out Future Green Engineers Through ‘Race to Zero’


Trane enters the list of sponsor for “Race to Zero” national design competition for students.

Green Building Industry Seeks Out Future Green Engineers Through ‘Race to Zero’
Dailycsr.com – 17 April 2018 – Trane is an Ingersoll Rand brand which at the lead as the world class solution and service provider for indoor comfort, whereby the brand has joined other experts from the industry as “a sponsor of the fifth annual U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition”.
Students are divided in 40 teams who represent around “35 collegiate institutions”, during the said event they are inspired to take on the responsibility of “the next generation of building science professionals”. The said endeavour is achieved through “a design challenge of zero energy ready buildings”. When it comes to “energy-efficient” high performance building, even the renewable energy features like solar panels can be enough to impact the annual “energy consumption” of the building.
Ingersoll Rand’s C.E.O for “Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability”, W. Scott Tew said:
“Race to Zero inspires innovation and sustainable design in future building industry professionals and allows students to gain hands-on, real-world experience in this field. Ingersoll Rand and Trane are committed to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives and Race to Zero is a perfect example of helping students reach their full potential in next-generation building design.”

This event gives the engineers, construction managers as well as the architects of tomorrow an opportunity to showcase their hold on “building science principles” by designing “cost-effective, market-ready homes and buildings” in a competitive environment along with “fellow students” under “five contests”, namely:
  • Suburban single-family
  • Urban single-family
  • Attach housing (two-to-six unit duplex or townhouse)
  • Small multifamily (three or fewer stories)
  • Elementary School (new commercial building design contest for 2018)
The Residential HVAC and Supply’s Furnace Engineering Manager, John Bailey is set to be a jury member for the “Small Multifamily contest”. Bailey’s work at Trane allows him to focus on “design, development and testing of gas furnaces for residential application”, while he also contributes from his experience of being a “refrigeration systems design engineer”.
Moreover, the Applications Engineer and Strategic Industry Relations Manager, “commercial HVAC”, Mick Schwedler, gave a presentation to the team of students on the “effective use of the Advanced Energy Design Guide” for “Zero Energy K-12 Schools”. The said educational session was delivered before the students had to submit their designs.
While, Ingersoll Rand also added:
“Each contest has eight finalist teams who submit final reports and designs to their assigned juror prior to the event on April 20-22 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) main campus in Golden, Colorado. To determine the winners, jurors evaluate each entry after watching in-person student presentations”.