In support of SFCC’s bond

On behalf of Trane U.S. Inc., I am pleased to provide Trane’s endorsement of State Fair Community College’s Building Strong Futures Bond Issue that will be on the April 4, 2017 Ballot.

Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments that improve the performance of buildings and homes around the world. Trane recognizes a significant local and national need to advance technician training in HVAC Building Automation Systems.

Here’s what the HVAC industry is facing across Missouri and the nation as well…aging workforce, aging building stock, aging energy grid, building Internet of Things (bIOT), strategic focus on energy efficiency, and a skills gap…a perfect storm!

The contemporary emphasis on energy, energy efficiency, and energy-related career fields validates key stakeholders’ shared focus on the energy sector. U.S. Department of Labor data forecast very high job growth that reinforces industry projections. The 14 percent growth for HVAC technicians projected from 2014-2024 nationally and for Missouri as well, verifies the high and sustainable demand for the careers built upon the industry-recognized certifications derived from the collaborative efforts of educational and industry stakeholders influencing more students to pursue high-demand, high-wage, high- tech careers in this field.

Much of this demand is attributable to the ever-growing backlog of aging facilities that drive Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) upgrade projects, including high performance facility improvement projects with a focus on Indoor Air Quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort facility improvements that depend upon Building Automation Systems. In addition, the ongoing installation and maintenance needs provide HVAC/advanced environmental systems technicians with Missouri-area careers focused on facilities in the state.

Keven Ward

Lenexa, Kansas

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