TRACE 700

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Trane's TRACE 700 software - the latest version of Trane Air Conditioning Economics - brings the algorithms recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to the familiar Windows operating environment. Use it to assess the energy and economic impacts of building-related selections such as architectural features, comfort-system design, HVAC equipment selections, operating schedules, and financial options.

Flexible data entry, coupled with multiple views and "drag-and-drop" load assignments, simplify the modeling process and help you identify optimal zoning and plant configurations. Compare up to four alternatives for a single project by modeling various air distribution and mechanical system/control options; then assess the life-cycle cost and payback of each combination based on 8,760 hours of operation... without investing lots of extra time.

Templates provide a fast, easy way to analyze the effects of changes in building loads such as airflows, thermostat settings, occupancy, and construction. An extensive library of construction materials, equipment, and weather profiles (nearly 500 locations) enhances the speed and accuracy of your analyses. Choose from seven different ASHRAE cooling and heating methodologies, including the Exact Transfer Function. Screen Shots

Keywords

Energy performance, load calculation, HVAC equipment sizing, energy simulation, commercial buildings

Validation/Testing

The software is tested according to ASHRAE Standard 140. Results have been posted on the program website.

Expertise Required

General knowledge of HVAC engineering principles, building geometry, and the Microsoft Windows operating system

Users

Approximately 1,200 worldwide, including single and site/LAN licenses

Audience

Engineers, architects, and contractors who design and analyze commercial HVAC systems/equipment for new and existing buildings; also energy consultants and utility companies; building technology researchers; state and federal agencies; colleges and universities

Input

Building design parameters; operating schedules; HVAC system configurations, equipment types, and control strategies; utility rates

Output

Display, print, graph, or export any of 61 monthly/yearly summary reports and hourly analyses, including system "checksums," system component selection, psychrometric state points, peak cooling/heating loads, building envelope loads, building temperature profiles, equipment energy consumption, and ASHRAE 90.1 analysis.

Computer Platform

Personal computer with a Pentium 233 or higher processor, Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000/ME/NT/XP operating system, 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM, 80 MB of free hard disk space, Super VGA display, CD-ROM drive, and a Microsoft-compatible pointing device

Programming Language

Visual C++

Strengths

Models 33 different airside systems, plus many HVAC plant configurations and control strategies, including thermal storage, cogeneration, and fan-pressure optimization, and daylighting controls. Customizable libraries and templates simplify data entry and allow greater modeling accuracy. Documentation includes detailed online Help and a printed modeling guide. Experienced HVAC engineers and support specialists provide free technical support.

Weaknesses

Formal training is recommended for new users (Visit the web site for training options.)

Contact

Company:

The Trane Company

Address:

3600 Pammel Creek Road
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-7599
United States

Telephone:

+1 (608) 787-3926

Facsimile:

+1 (608) 787-3005

E-mail:

CDSHelp@trane.com

Website:

http://www.trane.com/COMMERCIAL/DNA/View.aspx?i=1136

Availability

TRACE 700 version 6.2.1 was released on April 8, 2009. $1,995 USD for a standard single license; $3,990 USD for a site license. $3,990 USD for a Network (LAN) license plus $75 per seat; the amount of seats purchased represents the amount of simultaneous users allowed. Special pricing available for educational institutions and during promotions. Annual renewal fee (23 percent of purchase price) entitles licensee to unlimited technical support, plus automatic updates and documentation. All Trane C.D.S. software carries an unconditional, 30-day, money-back guarantee.