John W. Conover IV, president of the Trane commercial business in the Americas, will discuss energy-efficient building solutions in a presentation at 1:40 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in Room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. He will be participating in Great Energy Efficiency Day sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.
Entitled "Building for the Future: The Elements of Success," Conover's presentation will focus on sustainable solutions for business and the environment. It will cover trends in today's building environment, available technologies, case examples, and environmental and economic impacts.
Buildings currently consume one-third of the world's energy and global energy consumption is projected to increase 60 percent by 2030,(1)" says Conover. "The Great Energy Efficiency Day allows us to discuss real, practical solutions to reduce energy use and the carbon footprint without compromising economics or business performance. Policy makers in our nation's capital can use this event to better understand the wide range of actions that can be taken to make buildings operate more efficiently."
Launched in 2004, the Great Energy Efficiency Day has quickly become a "must attend" discussion on the need for, and benefits of, energy efficiency, drawing more than 400 stakeholders from business, industry, government, academia, the media and the public interest sector. The event features the leading voices in energy efficiency and provides insight from Capitol Hill with keynote addresses from congressional members.
Conover has been in the building industry for almost 30 years where he has witnessed major shifts in Americans' expectations for indoor air quality and comfort. During his long history with Trane, he has played an integral role in developing methods to better understand customer expectations and market needs such as the growing search for energy efficiency solutions. Conover focuses heavily on gaining innovative insight into what it takes to acquire, satisfy and retain customers.
In North America, one out of every two buildings depends on Trane to meet today's demanding building and energy efficient system and service requirements. The company has saved its customers more than $400 million and 198 million kilowatt hours of energy through comprehensive building solutions. This is the equivalent of planting 115,000 trees, removing 100,000 cars from the road, powering 80,000 homes, saving 2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 15 million pounds of acid rain, 5 million pounds of smog, 70 million gallons of water and 60 million gallons of gasoline.
- Energy Information Administration, a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy