Next-generation air handling units deliver customized performance, energy and operational savings
Brussels, Belgium, April 18, 2012 – Air handling units (AHUs) play a crucial role in ensuring building occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is introducing two dedicated versions of its next-generation CLCF Climate ChangerTM.
The CLCF Climate Changer for comfort applications was specifically designed by Trane to provide maximum occupant comfort and low operational costs for office buildings, hotels, schools and other commercial buildings. For more information about the AHU and to watch the video, visit www.engineer.trane.com.
The CLCF Climate Changer for hospital, laboratory and pharmaceutical applications meets the healthcare industry’s most rigorous air quality requirements while keeping energy consumption at a minimum. For more information about the AHU and to watch the video, visit www.engineer.trane.com.
Eurovent-certified and available in airflow ranges from 1,000 m3/h to 45,000 m3/h, the CLCF Climate Changer is the result of intensive customer-driven research and development by Trane. The air handling system offers significant improvements in energy efficiency, system performance, reliability and ease of installation. The new air handling units feature an innovative casing design, factory-installed controls and a wide selection of advanced energy-saving options.
“With the CLCF Climate Changer, managers of healthcare buildings, offices, hotels, schools and other commercial buildings achieve increased operating and energy efficiency,” said Cary Collins, vice president of product management and marketing for the Trane and Thermo King brands of Ingersoll Rand in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. “The two dedicated versions of the CLCF Climate Changer ensure that both customer groups receive an AHU that is fully optimized to their individual requirements, ranging from compliance with rigorous indoor air quality standards to lower sound levels.”
As air handling units are complex and versatile products, the use of selection software to configure and calculate performances is critical. Trane experts use a selection tool certified by Eurovent to tailor each AHU with the coil and fan options to meet individual customer requirements regarding acoustics, energy efficiency and other key criteria.
A similar software tool is available for engineers and consultants to visually design the CLCF. This user- friendly application in multiple languages can be downloaded from www.engineer.trane.com.
With its wide range of fan options, the CLCF Climate Changer can offer optimal operational performance. Furthermore, no block-off frameless casing and a unitized, structured panel design minimize the potential for air leakage. EPDM seamless gasket seals integrated into the door panels and 50 mm polyurethane foam- injected insulation provide additional energy savings and reduce unit operational costs. In combination with options such as heat recovery wheels, plate heat exchangers and coil loops, energy consumption can be reduced up to 90 percent under certain conditions.
The CLCF Climate Changer includes a number of features that reduce installation time and costs. Lifting lugs are integrated on the base frame to facilitate handling and all units come with a skid for forklift transportation. A unique tool-less connection system together with integrated gaskets deliver maximum air-tightness integrity. The CLCF has a fully enclosed and robust unit base frame to prevent water, dust and bacterial traps.
The CLCF Climate Changer can be equipped with fully integrated, factory-installed Trane controls to maintain peak performance and ensure lower cost of ownership throughout the life of the unit. A segregated cable channel built into the panel and quick-connect wiring between sections avoid on-site case drilling and maintain machine integrity. An open-protocol communication design allows for communication with building management systems.
In order to provide reliable, clean air, the CLCF Climate Changer for hospital and laboratory applications features completely smooth interior panels, a silicon-free antimicrobial sealant and rounded corners to prevent bacterial traps. The unit casing is watertight to allow for disinfecting procedures with liquid products. A four-point inclined floor and a centralized vertical drain are available on all sections of the unit to ensure proper condensate management. In addition, a wide range of component options (class 3 dampers, antimicrobial copper coil fins, etc.) ensure the capability to deliver reliable, clean air.
The CLCF air handling units are manufactured in Termoli, Italy and Kolin, Czech Republic.