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Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series: AdvancingGreen Building Dialogue in Vietnam

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(Tinmoitruong.vn) - HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Dec. 4, 2014 —As Vietnam’s urban population grows by more than 3 percent each year, and rapid industrialization over the past decade has led to an annual energy consumption growth rate of more than 12 percent, the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series sponsored by Carrier and Otis held its first event inthe countryto help further the sustainable building dialogue.

 

Carrier, one of the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, and Otis, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators, areboth part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The event brought together approximately 100 sustainability thought leaders and green building professionals..


“UTC Building & Industrial Systems is committed to innovating sustainable buildingtechnologies and processes while taking a leadership role in bringing together business,policymakers and academics in the pursuit of a more sustainable future,” said Nguyen Quoc Hung, Managing Director, Vietnam, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “Green building is still in early stages of its development in Vietnam, but there are positive signs. For example, the government announced a Green Growth Strategy in 2012 with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2 percent by 2050 and the Ministry of Construction is developing a plan to reduce energy consumption per square meter of development by 10 to 15 percent compared to 2010 figures, and to have 30 percent of public buildings and 20 percent of private buildings achieve green status.”


The event featured lectures from experts in sustainable building and design. Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, highlighted the benefits of green buildings and outlined the progress of the global movement to make green buildings everywhere a reality.Bob Fox, of COOKFOX  Architects, who led the design of the 2.2 million-square-foot Bank of America Tower in New York, the first office tower to achieve aLEED Platinum rating, discussed the elements of high-performance architecture and the value of the human connection to the natural environment, including biophilic design, or the use of natural elements inside buildings.


“As the lecture series returns to Southeast Asia, I’m inspired by the steps Vietnam is taking to encourage sustainable development and building practices,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “The sustainability runway is long and these two countries are poised to maximize their opportunities, leveraging the technology of today to create a more sustainable future.”


Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the lecture series has reached nearly 3,000 professionals through 24 lectures in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and the UAE
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