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Ingersoll Rand Demonstrates Benefits of Energy-Efficient Homes Through Sponsorship of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

  Ingersoll Rand Demonstrates Benefits of Energy-Efficient Homes Through
  Sponsorship of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

             Company Sponsors UNC Charlotte’s ‘Urban Eden’ Entry

Business Wire

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- February 7, 2013

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe,
comfortable and efficient environments, demonstrates its continued leadership
in developing innovative, energy-efficient products and services through a
sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2013.
Ingersoll Rand’s involvement helps shine a spotlight on the benefits of
real-world design, innovation and technology in energy-efficient homes.

The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 global
collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are
cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition
is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design
excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The
competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.,
from October 3-13.

This year, Ingersoll Rand will partner with the DOE at a Supporting Sponsor
level for the overall event with support provided by the Ingersoll Rand
Foundation and support from its Club Car business. Ingersoll Rand will also
provide solutions from its Nexia, Schlage, Trane, and Ingersoll Rand branded
products to support the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC
Charlotte) for its “Urban Eden” entry.

“Our communities face increasing pressure to address energy usage. We know
it’s possible for today’s homes to achieve net zero energy through smart
design, efficient equipment and technology,” said Paul Camuti, senior vice
president of innovation and chief technology officer at Ingersoll Rand. “The
Solar Decathlon is an opportunity to showcase the talents of leading
universities, while helping companies like Ingersoll Rand share knowledge and
learn from the best and the brightest through friendly competition.”

About Urban Eden

The UNC Charlotte team is comprised of faculty and students from three areas:
the School of Architecture, the William States Lee College of Engineering, and
the Belk College of Business. The team’s house, “Urban Eden”, incorporates
truly revolutionary approaches to sustainable design and construction,
including the choice of building materials, an innovative passive cooling and
heating system, and responsive technology that allows the house and its
inhabitants to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The indoor/outdoor
design of “Urban Eden” results in a home that is truly urban, with
sophisticated technology and a style and structure appropriate to city living,
yet peaceful, incorporating a secluded garden space that is at one with the
living environment.

The UNC Charlotte team will break ground on its solar house on February 8, and
will complete construction over the summer before transporting the house to
California in October.

About Solar Decathlon

The U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine,
Calif., is open to the public free of charge from October 3-13.. The
competition houses will be open to visitors on eight days over two weekends.
The Solar Decathlon enables visitors to tour the houses, gather ideas to use
in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save
money today. For more information, visit www.solardecathlon.gov.

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and
sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our
family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King®
and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes
and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and
commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We
are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress
and enduring results.  For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

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Contact:

Ingersoll Rand
Christopher Tessier, 704-877-7216
christopher.tessier@irco.com
 
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