The Ingersoll Rand-sponsored Purdue University INhome (short for Indiana home) placed second in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon among a neighborhood of 20 solar-powered homes. Purdue was a consistent leader in many of the award categories, including the important “comfort zone”, “affordability” and “energy balance” categories.
The Purdue INhome received support from Ingersoll Rand including a $150,000 donation from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation and a range of products from the company’s portfolio including:
- A two-ton ultra-high efficiency Trane XL20 heat pump, matched with a new Hyperion air handler.
- An energy recovery ventilator and a CleanEffects air cleaner filtering system.
- A Schlage LiNK home management system with the new ComfortLink XL 950 II Control
- A solar-powered car from Club Car and air-powered tools from Industrial Technologies.
For the hundreds of thousands of attendees that were able to
experience the Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C., it was a chance to
experience the results when creative, motivated and engaged
organizations can partner together to solve some of the most pressing
Some of the first visitors through the INhome during the competition were Gary Michel, senior vice president and president, Residential Solutions; Paul Camuti, senior vice president of Innovation and chief technology officer; and Kevin Mercer, advanced solutions engineer, Residential Solutions and Ingersoll Rand’s liaison to team Purdue. Among the VIP visitors to see the display were Ingersoll Rand CEO, Mike Lamach, Senator Richard Luger, Indiana, and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu.
“The INhome serves as a model of how Ingersoll Rand products and technology can contribute to the cost-effective and energy-efficient nature of any home,” said Kevin Mercer. “These students and their faculty advisor have been a pleasure to work with and have done a tremendous job showcasing technology that is available today and can easily be incorporated into a traditional home.”
The Purdue INhome will be transported back to the West Lafayette area and donated to a local non- profit in the next few weeks. A family will live in the house, and Purdue will continue to monitor and measure the performance of the house over the next year.