Trane, Global Leader in Climate Controls, Launches Advanced Technology to Combat Pathogens and Improve Air Quality to Help Buildings Reopen
 
Aug 03, 2020
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Singapore, August 3, 2020 - Today, Trane is the first climate controls company in Singapore to launch a new suite of solutions that applies advanced technology to reduce contaminants, including particles, gases and viruses, in indoor environments. The technology will help people get back to malls and other public areas with added safety and comfort.

As communities and businesses reopen, the need is accelerating for building owners to review air-conditioning and ventilation systems to improve air quality in public places. In Singapore, many businesses which are reopening under the government’s Circuit Breaker Phase 2, are looking to Trane, a climate innovator and leader in heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) for solutions on indoor air quality. “As a trusted partner of developers and building operators worldwide, with a long track record of innovation, Trane has recently launched a suite of solutions with significant antivirus capabilities to respond to a variety of public health challenges,” said Mr Allen W. Ge,
President, Asia Pacific of Trane Technologies.

"This is very timely as the BCA (Building and Construction Authority), NEA (National Environment Agency) and MOH (Ministry of Health) have recently issued a joint-guidance note for ACMV (Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation) systems in buildings to improve indoor air quality as part of overall building safety management measures to help safeguard public health.” Mr. Allen Ge explains that Trane is assisting building owners and operators with more precautionary measures to help reduce public health risks in addition to wearing masks, social distancing, and more frequent cleaning of high-touch points in buildings during or beyond this pandemic period.

"We are first to this market with this Trane Air Cleaning System, which combines advance technologies to offer safe and more effective solutions to safeguard public health, rebuild social and economic vibrancy, and also meet the needs for sustainable and comfortable cooling and air management systems."

Trane's latest suite of innovative Air Cleaning Systems, uses both photocatalytic oxidation and ultraviolet light (PCO+UVGI), along with electrostatic filter technology. Unique Technology to Combat Pathogens Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), through a process called photo-catalysis, uses ultraviolet radiation creating powerful oxidizing agents to oxidize many biological contaminants to break them down. In this process, those harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are converted to simpler chemicals, such as carbon dioxide and water.

UVGI has a dual purpose: its primary function is an energy source for the catalytic reactions of the PCO process, while it also provides a germicidal effect on microorganisms by using ultraviolet light in the “C” band (UVC) to damage the DNA or RNA and inactivate a wide range of micro-organisms, including fungi, bacteria and viruses commonly found in buildings. These systems not only reduce the transmission risk of certain pathogens, but also improve air quality by effectively eliminating many gases, offensive odors and filtering particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air.

Mr William Liu, technology development leader and principal engineer for Trane Technologies Engineering & Technology Center in Asia Pacific, explains, "Our unique Trane Air Cleaning System combines filtration and PCO+UVGI to help remove pathogens and particulates from the air in all types of buildings. In areas with high transmission risks such as medical facilities, our solutions can help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as influenza”

This includes education facilities, which have occupant density of up to six times higher than commercial and retail spaces, increasing the risk of airborne diseases, according to Mr. Liu. “With our solutions, we help to create a safer environment for children to learn and grow. According to test reports, our solutions are effective in delivering an improved air environment with MS2 virus (a simulant for human influenza A virus like H1N1) reduction rate of over 97%”

Trane's solutions also have low air resistance and almost no additional energy consumption impact on air-conditioning systems, making them sustainable options for building owners and operators.

Industry Leading Initiatives Helping Businesses Reopen Safely
With the growing focus on indoor air quality (IAQ) especially during the ongoing pandemic, Trane's industry leading initiatives have been well-received and to date, Trane has received more than 2,500 enquires across 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region and close to 190 orders from customers across different industries.

In Singapore, Wisma Atria shopping mall will be the first to use the Trane Air Cleaning System. The award-winning shopping mall, situated along Singapore's upscale shopping area, is installing the system to support its clientele.

Ms Ong Mei-Lynn, General Manager of YTL Starhill Global Property Management Pte Ltd (which manages Wisma Atria), said, “The safety and comfort of our customers, tenants and other building occupants are our top priority. As we reopen for business, we emphasize the importance of indoor wellness and we are taking stringent steps to minimise or eliminate indoor pollutants in addition to the guidelines provided by the Singapore government
agencies. We hope to utilize the air cleaning solution developed by Trane, to provide a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment for our shoppers and tenants at Wisma Atria.” In addition to providing improved indoor air quality, the Trane Air Cleaning System is versatile, catering to multiple applications, such as fittings to a new building, field retrofit into existing Trane (and other brands of) air handlers [and duct-mounted systems].

Additional Information:
There is evidence from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and other sources that HVAC technologies can mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious aerosols in built environments; however, the transmission and mitigation of COVID-19 in buildings is yet to be tested and confirmed.

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About Trane
Trane – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator – creates comfortable, energy efficient indoor environments for commercial and residential applications. For more information, please visit www.trane.com or www.tranetechnologies.com.

About Trane Technologies
Trane Technologies is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane® and Thermo King®, and our portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation. For more information, please visit tranetechnologies.com

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