Type III EPD verification proves the environmental claims regarding chiller performance and documents conformance with stringent certification requirements of the International Standards Organisation. It provides specifiers and building owners independent, third-party verification of environmental performance claims.
Trane’s EarthWise CenTraVac chillers became the first commercial chillers to earn Type III EPD registration in 2011. This year, the certification has been expanded to include Trane Series L, Series S and Series E CenTraVac chillers.
Launched last year, the Series E CenTraVac water-cooled centrifugal chiller was the first chiller to use the new low GWP HFO R1233zd(E).
EPD certification also helps building owners earn LEED points. Within the US green building program v4 certification, any CenTraVac chiller can now help earn a LEED point under the Materials and Resources category for Building Product Disclosure and Optimisation.
An EPD reports the results of a product’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study as well as other information relevant to a product’s environmental profile. The phases of a product’s life considered include upstream production of the steel, copper and various other metals used in the production of the chiller; energy use over the average life of a chiller (based on a survey of all manufacturers’ chillers by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute); and reclamation of metals at the end of the chiller’s life. Near-zero refrigerant emissions and low emissions related to the generation of electricity for chiller operation are also evaluated.
To learn more, download a copy of the Type III EPD for CenTraVac chillers.