SINGAPORE, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Southeast Asia's building industry strives to meet the needs of its growing urban population, building owners are turning to green building as a solution. According to a study by McGraw-Hill Construction, green building activity is on the rise with 89 percent of Singapore building firms expecting more than 60 percent of their projects to be green by 2015. Carrier, the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, convened thought leaders at its popular Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series to support building owners and designers in Singapore and Thailand who are transforming the built environment. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
More than 150 building professionals attended Carrier's two Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events held in Singapore and Thailand on May 14 and 16. Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series is designed to convene international building industry experts to discuss the economic and health motivations for green building, as well as future sustainable building trends. To date, 13 lectures have convened in emerging markets across the world, reaching more than 1,500 building professionals.
"Forty percent of energy consumption comes from buildings, indicating significant potential to make sound environmental improvements that are also good business decisions," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. "Carrier's Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series unites building industry leaders to accelerate the expansion of sustainable building practices."
During the event, Dr. Nils Kok, assistant professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, shared the global perspective on energy efficiency, sustainability and the economics of green building. In addition, Huston Eubank, chief knowledge and innovation officer and consulting director, Regenerative Ventures, Inc. and associate of The Green Asia Group in Singapore, introduced recent research data on health and productivity in green buildings, specifically the substantial increases in productivity due to improved indoor environmental quality and best practices for achieving these results.
Carrier is a champion of the green building movement around the globe, was instrumental in launching the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) in 1993 and was the first company in the world to join the organization. In 2010, Carrier became the first company to license USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) curriculum to train employees and customers in sustainable building practices. Carrier is now one of the USGBC's largest global partners for LEED education.
Carrier is the world's leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.