Pratt & Whitney Earns First LEED-Platinum Rating in China

Pratt & Whitney Earns First LEED-Platinum Rating in China

In a joint venture with China Eastern Airlines, Pratt & Whitney's Shanghai Engine Center has become the first facility in China to attain LEED-Platinum certification, the highest ranking possible under the U.S. Green Building Council's rating and assessment system.

The U.S. Department of Energy and the USGBC recognized Pratt & Whitney and its corporate parent United Technologies Corp. in a ceremony held last week at the China Green Building Conference in Beijing.

"The Shanghai Engine Center is a further demonstration of Pratt & Whitney and UTC's commitment to sustainable development and practices," USGBC President CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi said in announcing the milestone reached by the firms. "We believe that this project will serve as a leading example for other facilities within China when pursuing energy saving integration with operational efficiency.

There are more than 5,000 LEED certified buildings worldwide, but only about 5 percent have earned Platinum certification under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

Pratt & Whitney and China Eastern Airlines broke ground on their joint project in October 2007. The 250,000-square-foot Shanghai Engine Center, located in the Qingpu district, opened in September 2009 with a capacity of overhauling as many as 300 engines a year. The facility incorporates high-performance building solutions from a range of UTC businesses.

Key green features at the site include:

  • At least 12.5 percent of the facility’s energy is being produced from renewable sources such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and canal water sources.
  • High performance, energy efficient windows contribute the facility's daylighting system, reducing electricity requirements and the need for additional cooling.
  • A roof manufactured with reflective material to keep the building cool.
  • At least 20 percent of all construction materials were sourced locally, and 10 to 20 percent of materials contained recycled content.
  • About 70 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Overall site water use was expected to be 40 percent less than use by conventionally designed building, and water used for landscaping was expected to be 50 percent less than that at non-green sites.

{related_content}At the China Green Building conference, Fedrizzi and Youwei Wang, chairman of China's Green Building Council, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding their organizations' plans to collaborate in fostering green building and carbon emissions reductions in the building sector. The groups also agreed to support each other's green building conferences and joint research and education in areas of mutual interest.

China's Green Building Council was established two years ago amid what has become the country's building boom, which presents a fertile field for the growth of green design. China has 42 billion square meters of existing building stock and is adding about 2 billion square meters of new buildings each year. As a result, energy consumption and carbon emissions are expected to soar, providing further impetus for the country's drive toward more aggressive environmental responsibility.

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