On Earth Day, Carrier announced that its world headquarters, the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings, is the first commercial building in Florida to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum v4 certification. The Platinum rating – the highest designation – was awarded under the stringent version 4 LEED green building program for building design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"Earning LEED Platinum certification is a significant achievement, as sustainability is a core value of our organization and our portfolio of products," said Bob McDonough, president of Carrier about the achievement. "We designed the UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings to push the boundaries of sustainable building design and provide our employees and customers with a model of what's possible when Carrier's best technologies are deployed in green buildings. Earning LEED Platinum is a testament to what can be accomplished when advanced building technologies are integrated into intelligent building design."
Carrier is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The company's headquarters was designed as a living showcase of what's possible through technology integration to increase efficiency, protect people and property, and enhance the occupant experience. In addition to supporting LEED Platinum certification, Carrier's innovative product integrations also provide a scalable and repeatable model for total green building design. Examples of sustainable integrations and solutions include:
- Automated Logic's WebCTRL building management system can use occupancy data from LenelS2 OnGuard to self-adjust air flow and temperatures of the Carrier HVAC systems for optimal comfort and efficiency.
- The ground-breaking MyWay app, based on LenelS2's BlueDiamond technology, eliminates the need to carry a traditional plastic employee badge and allows employees to unlock doors, call elevators, control heating and lighting and much more.
- Carrier's AquaEdge 23XRV chillers operate in a proprietary series-counterflow configuration, and are continuously monitored to ensure optimized performance, increased efficiency and proactive identification of potential issues.
Another benefit of LEED certification is employee productivity and well being. The UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings was specifically designed to COGfx standards – indoor air quality specifications found by Harvard University researchers to double occupants' cognitive function test scores compared to a conventional building environment.
Carrier's sustainability leadership began in 1993, when it helped launch the U.S. Green Building Council as the first company to join the organization. The LEED Platinum certification of its global headquarters is a reflection of its continued commitment to sustainability.