Pairing Building Automation with VRF Systems

The movement towards electrifying buildings is gaining traction as more states incentivize the use of electric equipment to help meet decarbonization goals, and contractors can play a vital role in this transition.

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Two of the fastest growing HVAC trends today are Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology and connected buildings. While there are common misconceptions of building automation systems (BAS) only applicable for large, complex buildings, the need for advanced controls on all VRF projects is becoming more prevalent.

VRF systems offer numerous benefits such as helping building owners meet CO₂ reduction goals, lowering utility costs, and upgrading older buildings without requiring ductwork. With zoned, personalized comfort and improved indoor environmental quality, VRF systems are energy efficient and designed for long-term sustainability.

BAS measures system performance, enhances zoning capabilities, and optimizes overall building performance by coordinating between multiple systems. When integrated with a building automation system, contractors can achieve comprehensive control over energy consumption. According to research by Project Drawdown, this can result in increased heating and cooling efficiency by more than 20%, reduced energy usage for lighting and appliances by 8%, and the ability to remotely monitor energy usage and make operational adjustments.

These systems deliver personalized comfort, retrofitting flexibility for existing buildings, quieter operation, and energy efficiency. By adjusting ventilation setpoints based on occupancy and CO2 levels, a BAS maintains high indoor air quality while simultaneously reducing energy consumption.

Trane offers a diverse range of VRF systems paired with Tracer® building automation systems, helping to optimize performance, energy savings, and enable remote connectivity. With Trane, contractors can ensure a solution that meets efficiency standards and electrification requirements for any building.

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