BEIJING - Carrier Corp. announced that it secured nearly 70 percent of all HVAC contracts for the venues at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The company said it supplied a full line of integrated systems to the Summer Games facilities, ranging from AquaSnap® air-cooled chillers with Puron® refrigerant to large centrifugal chillers to air-handling units, fan coil units, and the Carrier Comfort Network (CCN) controls system.

Also, Environmental Market Solutions Inc. (EMSI), an environmental and green building consulting company owned by Carrier, provided consulting services for the Beijing Olympic Village, the first project in China to achieve LEED® ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) certification.

The “Water Cube” National Aquatics Center, one of the major venues for the Beijing Games, utilizes four Carrier centrifugal chillers, a control network, and air-side products. Carrier’s technology recovers more than 50 percent of the exhaust heat in the aquatics center and then uses it to warm the swimming pool. “This technology reduces heat emission in the environment as well as the energy consumed for heating,” stated Ross Shuster, president, Carrier Building Systems and Services, Asia. “Additionally, our high tier air-handling units have gone through a strict anticorrosive process to ensure long-term operation under a damp and high-chlorine indoor environment.”

Another application featuring Carrier’s customized solutions is the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics. Carrier said its uniquely designed air-conditioning system uses a water-source heat pump to employ ground water to prepare cold and hot water for air conditioning.

The “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium features the first Chinese-produced HVAC product certified by EN 1886, the highest international HVAC standards. Carrier’s air-handling units have an air leakage rate of less then 1 percent and each unit is equipped with a new high-voltage electrostatic air cleaner to remove airborne particles, which improves indoor air quality.

To ensure that the air conditioning systems operate smoothly and efficiently, Carrier established a Remote Monitoring Center for the Beijing Games. The high-tech center can trace and analyze the data of air conditioning system operations and release warnings. “This service helps ensure that Carrier’s air conditioning systems are operating under optimized conditions with maximum energy efficiency,” added Shuster.

Another important venue is the Olympic Village, a multi-building community that is housing athletes during the 2008 Summer Games. With EMSI’s assistance, this project has been awarded LEED ND certification at the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Publication date:08/18/2008