BEIJING, CHINA — Carrier Corp. has been selected to participate in a collaborative project with the Chinese government and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate how designing a truly “green” office building can reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for building owners.

The American-Chinese Coalition Organized for Responsible Development in the 21st Century (ACCORD21) sought leading construction and design technologies for this green building project. As a result, two 100-ton Carrier screw chillers (30HXC100), using R-134a, will be installed in the new, eight-story, 130,000-sq-ft sustainable energy office building and demonstration center being constructed in downtown Beijing. The chillers will make and store up to 50 tons of ice per night, which in turn will be used to cool the building during the day.

“We chose Carrier chillers because the project’s mission is to demonstrate how to reduce atmospheric pollution through high energy efficiency and with no ozone depletion potential,” said Robert Watson, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which is coordinating the project on behalf of the DOE and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Once completed in 2003, the building will be fully monitored to track energy consumption, savings, and GHB reductions resulting from the integrated and renewable technology and design strategies.

According to DOE’s Deputy Secretary, Dr. Abraham Haspel, the energy savings provided by this building is “enough to supply the needs of 90 to 130 Chinese families every year.”

Publication date: 05/20/2002