Mr. Knutson is the Director of Integrated Solutions for Trane Technologies.
With Trane’s 50 years, 200+ employees in Arizona and 20 to 30 (average) team members located in Tucson/Southern AZ, they serve the HVAC and Comprehensive Solutions Industry with products, services and comprehensive solutions in the built environment. They create comfortable, energy efficient indoor environments for commercial and residential applications. Additionally, Trane and their clients have the mutually shared priority of having a highly educated and skilled workforce to hire HVAC Technicians regionally and nationally, as well as provide local job opportunities in Southern Arizona.
With 37 years of experience in developing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Performance Contracting solutions for clients, Jim has been serving building owners with a wide array of energy efficiency programs, water conservation efforts, environmentally sustainable solutions and operating cost reduction opportunities.
Jim has developed, managed or directed over $500 million of Energy Efficiency Programs resulting in over $300 million of energy savings throughout his career. Current and past projects have been developed and managed throughout the US for Higher Education, K-12 Schools, state and local government, commercial, and industrial clients. Many of these solutions have included energy efficient and sustainable building upgrades, operational improvements, renewable energy systems, central plant installations, and utility supply/demand side services.
As Sr Advisor, Integrated Solutions for AZ Trane, Jim directs Sustainable & Environmentally Responsible solutions for clients in existing buildings and for new construction. This includes Workforce Development initiatives in the education sector, to include a recently approved initiative with Pima Community College. Trane will bring forward a virtual training laboratory to the campus allowing students to work in a virtual world with direct data from the real-world environmental systems in use by PCC.