ISTANBUL, Sept. 10, 2014 — Convening sustainability thought leaders to meet green building professionals in emerging economies, Carrier and Otis will hold their first Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series event in Turkey tomorrow. The lecture follows yesterday’s visit in Saudi Arabia coordinated with the support of fire and security brands Edwards, Kidde and Marioff. Combined, the two events will reach more than 350 professionals in Jeddah and Istanbul through lectures, roundtable discussions and green building training. Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, and Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, are both part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Turkey ranks eighth for the number of U.S. Green Building Council® LEED® green building program registered and certified buildings, thanks to a recent construction boom. In Saudi Arabia, the government recently decreed that all businesses will have five years to meet new air, water and noise pollution standards. As part of the Jeddah lecture series event, participants had the opportunity to obtain LEED training; a timely offering as the government’s new standards will apply to 170 projects overseen by the Saudi Green Building Forum.
Both events feature lectures from leaders in sustainable construction and planning. Nils Kok, associate professor in finance and real estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, takes a closer look at the economic implications of energy efficiency and sustainability in the commercial and residential property segments, with new data supporting higher rent rates for energy efficient buildings. Valentine A. Lehr, an expert in innovative high-rise construction, hotel design and master planning of mega projects, presents on how trends in building construction affect building design and system selection, particularly in locations where energy is plentiful and inexpensive, such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
“Turkey and Saudi Arabia have already shown strong interest in strengthening their green building presence. We hope our discussions here this week will help further drive advancements and shape the decisions made for years to come,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the lecture series has reached more than 2,500 professionals through 22 lectures in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the UAE. For more information on the sustainability initiatives of Carrier and Otis, visit www.NaturalLeader.com or follow the companies on Twitter: @CarrierGreen, @OtisElevatorCo.
Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, 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. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.
Otis is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded 161 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains more than 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter.