UTC Building & Industrial Systems President and CEO Geraud Darnis Addresses
Industry Leaders at Greenbuild 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --An ever-growing population. Rapid
urbanization. Staggering building energy usage. Before hundreds of industry
leaders, Geraud Darnis, president and CEO of UTC Building & Industrial
Systems, the world's largest provider of building technologies, underscored
the criticality of green building in addressing each of those realities as he
opened Greenbuild's 2013 executive luncheon. UTC Building & Industrial Systems
is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), a leading provider to the
aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.
Reflecting on the growth of the industry and the enormous opportunity still
ahead, Darnis offered his perspective on the importance of green building's
role in efficiently resolving the world's growing energy needs. "At the
intersection of population growth, urbanization and green building scale, we
find that cities and towns and neighborhoods have no choice but to change,"
said Darnis. "We also find markets increasingly demanding green buildings. The
opportunities ahead are truly limitless."
Last year, green buildings represented 44 percent of commercial construction
in the U.S. – that's up from just 2 percent eight years ago. On a global
level, research from building professionals shows that green building activity
is doubling every three years. Driven by strong population growth, 77 new
million people each year, coupled with the fact that each day nearly 180,000
people move to cities, green building not only offers greater value, but
studies have also shown it provides greater occupancy rates and lower
"These are the trends my company thinks about as we manage the forces of
nature. We overcome gravity with elevators; we overcome weather with heating
and cooling systems; and we overcome fire with detection and suppression
technologies. And we strive each day to do that with a lower environmental
footprint while extending the boundaries of innovation," Darnis said.
"Together we can change the world, building by building."
The company's partnership with green building councils dates back 20 years.
Carrier, a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, was instrumental in
launching the U.S. Green Building Council in 1993 and was the first company in
the world to join the organization. Carrier is also a founding member of the
Argentina, China, France, India and Singapore Green Building Councils – the
only company in the world to hold that distinction.
For more information on UTC Building & Industrial Systems and its
sustainability initiatives, visit www.NaturalLeader.com or follow the
company's brands, including Carrier and Otis Elevator Company, on Twitter:
About UTC Building & Industrial Systems
UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world's largest provider of building
technologies. Its elevator, escalator, fire safety, security, building
automation, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems
and services promote integrated, high performance buildings that are safer,
smarter and sustainable. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United
Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems
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Contact: Mary Milmoe, 860-284-3938, Mary.Milmoe@utc.com
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