Belmont University Receives Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Belmont University Receives Trane Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Trane honors Belmont University for energy efficient approach that increased campus square footage by 70 percent, but energy costs only 10 percent

Steve Lasley, vice president of finance and operations at Belmont University, receives the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Dave Regnery, president of Commercial HVAC for North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, of Ingersoll Rand, for Belmont’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Leaders from Belmont University proudly display the Energy Leader Efficiency Award given to them by Trane for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to implementing best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability. [From left to right: Dave Regnery, president of Commercial HVAC for North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, of Ingersoll Rand; Steve Lasley, vice president of finance and operations at Belmont; Dr. Susan West, vice president and chief of staff at Belmont; Mark Grones, assistant director of facilitates management services and university engineer; David Albright, district controls leader for Trane]

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Nashville, Tenn., June 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Trane, a leading global provider of indoor solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand has presented its Energy Efficiency Leader Award to Belmont University, a Christian teaching university located in Nashville, Tennessee, that offers liberal arts and professional education to more than 7,400 students.

Each year, Trane recognizes organizations demonstrating an outstanding commitment to implementing best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability. Belmont University was selected as the first of just two recipients to be recognized in 2016.

Dave Regnery, president of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Commercial for North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ingersoll Rand, presented the award today to Steve Lasley, vice president, Finance and Operations at Belmont University at an awards ceremony held in the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center on the Belmont University campus.

Trane is recognizing Belmont University for best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability throughout the campus. With enrollment more than doubling in 15 years, Belmont University grew from a 1.5-million-square-foot campus to a 50-building, 4-million-square-foot campus. Leaders undertook energy efficient and sustainable design and improvements that held energy cost increases to just 10 percent, despite a more than 70 percent increase in building square footage. These upgrades represent a larger, long-term commitment to sustainability that reflects the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Energy Management System Drives Improved Operations Outcomes
Recent improvements at Belmont University include implementing an integrated campus-wide controls system to track energy use, proactively manage costs and drive better operational decisions. The upgrades enable the university’s facilities team to use the web-based tool to manage operational performance, in individual buildings or campus-wide, from most personal computers, tablets and smart phones.

The following organizations collaborated with the university on the recent campus expansion: Chaseco, LLC, served as the owner representative; Nashville-based ESa served as the architectural firm; I.C. Thomasson served as the consulting engineering firm; R.C. Mathews Contractor provided general contracting; Lee Company provided mechanical contracting and Enterprise Solutions provided electrical contracting.

Long-Term Commitment to Sustainability
These recent operational improvements reflect a larger university-wide commitment to sustainability that align with the university’s Christian values. In addition to a commitment to prevent pollution, recycle and use renewable resources whenever feasible, the focus on sustainability features a variety of efforts including:

  • Designation as a Nashville Tree Foundation Arboretum and USA Tree Campus ─ serves as an arboretum to preserve more than 100 species of trees and shrubs
  • The McAfee Concert Hall uses an ice thermal storage system to produce ice at night, when it is more efficient and energy rates are less expensive, generating 30 percent energy savings for the hall.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system under the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center uses the earth’s natural temperature to regulate interior climate.
  • The university boasts two LEED buildings: Janet Ayers Academic Center is certified LEED Platinum, the first university in Tennessee and the first LEED for New Construction project in Nashville to achieve that level, and the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center is certified LEED Gold.
  • An innovative and interactive irrigation system collects run-off rainwater in underground tanks and utilizes current weather data to dictate the need for water.
  • Educational and sustainable green roofs provide learning labs for students, while serving the environment through better building insulation.

About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit or

About Belmont University
Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is celebrating its 125th anniversary in academic year 2015-16. Founded in 1890, the University consists of more than 7,400 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. For more information, visit