LA CROSSE, Wis. — Ingersoll Rand announced that the company’s Reuben Trane Building in La Crosse, Wis., has earned two Green Globes® from the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

The GBI is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards developer dedicated to advancing the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier, and environmentally sustainable buildings. A rating of two Green Globes is defined as: demonstrating excellent progress in reducing environmental impacts by applying best practices in energy and environmental efficiency.

Built in the mid-1960s, the four-story, 195,000-square-foot Ingersoll Rand-owned building is home to about 700 employees and includes accounting, financial, and logistical services for the Trane business.

Ingersoll Rand said the GBI assessment and rating tools were ideal for an older building, where retrofits must be cost-effective. These ratings provide for recent and ongoing renovations and upgrades that contribute to resource conservation, energy efficiency, and other sustainability goals.

The facility received two Green Globes from the GBI after completing a number of sustainability projects, with more in process, and fulfilling the organization’s requirements and documentation. The GBI reviews six areas: energy, water, resources, emissions, indoor environment, and environmental management service (EMS).

“The Green Globes certification further validates that operating more sustainably makes smart business sense, along with being good for the well-being of our employees and the local La Crosse community,” said Dave Peterson, Trane facility manager.

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Publication date: 8/13/2012