Queensway Government Offices Project by Trane-EMSD-HKGBC: Honoured with Three ASHRAE Awards

Trane Hong Kong has recently won three ASHRAE Technology Awards conferred by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), in recognition of its chiller retrofitting project involving four new Trane CenTraVac™ chillers at the Queensway Government Offices (QGO). These chillers applied the next-generation HFO refrigerant R514A, and helped QGO save over 30 percent of energy consumption and millions of dollars of operation cost.

"We are honoured to receive high recognitions due to the QGO project. These awards demonstrate the competitiveness and outstanding performance of our CenTraVac™ chiller and recognise our unremitting efforts to drive sustainability. We believe the honour will stimulate our continuous exploration of innovative and sustainable products, to further contribute to 'Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2030+' and the Paris Agreement." said Frankie Chan, Manager Director of Trane Hong Kong.

Stood out from stiff competition
Submitted jointly by Trane Hong Kong, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Government of the HKSAR, and the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), the QGO project stood out from stiff competition. 

The project first won the ASHRAE Hong Kong Chapter Technology Award 2021 under the commercial building and existing building commissioning category. Competing with various projects from 10 countries, the project stood out among the rest and won the Second Place Winning Project Award in the ASHRAE XIII Region Level Competition.

The third award, Honorable Mention Project Award was won from in the ASHRAE Society Level Competition, in which was competed from many projects from over of multiple nations from over 114 regions across the globe competed for the honour.

Advancing Sustainability with Innovative Technology
As Trane's flagship product, CenTraVac™ chiller is equipped with Trane's latest innovative technologies and utilising the next-generation eco-friendly HFO R514A refrigerant, which offers ultra-high efficiency, superior reliability, and many cutting-edge features that can greatly reduce its environmental impact.

Following the commissioning of the newly installed CenTraVac™ chillers at the QGO in 2021, the building's HVAC system has seen a significant increase in operating efficiency, which helped achieve an energy saving of over 30 percent and a carbon emission reduction of over 900 tonnes per year.

With the incorporation of Building Information Modeling in design and construction and application of advanced energy simulation in planning and commissioning, the QGO project has not only demonstrated many benefits of adopting innovative technologies in chiller plant renovation, but also shown a promising sustainability strategy.