Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center First in China to Achieve LEED® Platinum

SHANGHAI, China, December 9, 2009

The Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Co., Ltd (Shanghai Engine Center), a joint venture between China Eastern Airlines and Pratt & Whitney, has become the first facility in China and the 21st outside the United States to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

"We are honored to be recognized as the first LEED® Platinum facility in China – the first also for Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corp.," said Todd Kallman, president of Commercial Engines and Global Services for Pratt & Whitney and Vice Chairman, Board of Directors for the Shanghai Engine Center. "Pratt & Whitney offers a complete range of products and services that are environmentally friendly from commercial engines, such as the PurePower® PW1000G, to EcoPower® engine wash service and now our LEED® Platinum facility that houses CFM56® engine repairs."

Located in the Qingpu district, the Shanghai Engine Center officially opened in September 2009 as an environmentally friendly and highly efficient CFM56® engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.

Worldwide there are fewer than 4,000 LEED certified buildings - with only about 5 percent earning Platinum certification. The LEED rating system was designed as a framework to identify and implement sustainable practices that bring energy and resource savings.

"Both China Eastern Airlines and Pratt & Whitney are committed to developing sustainable business practices that benefit the environment, our customers and employees, as well as the community," said Liu Shaoyong, Chairman of China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd.

With a facility size of 25,555 sq. meters (275,072 sq. feet) and the potential to employ 800 people, the Shanghai Engine Center earned 57 credits, five points above the required LEED Platinum threshold. Notable accomplishments included:

  • • All five water and all five innovation-in-design credits for the reduced usage of potable water and a large pond built on site for capturing and storing rain water to meet all sanitary needs.
  • • All 10 energy efficiency credits for installing high performance conditioning and lighting systems, and extensive daylighting and control through integrated building automation.
  • • Eight material credits for incorporating rapidly renewable resources, extensive recycling of construction waste, locally sourced materials, and use of certified stewarded wood products.

The facility also incorporates high-performance building solutions from other UTC businesses. Carrier supplied high efficiency products including Evergreen® 19XRV variable speed centrifugal chillers, AquaForce® 30XQ air-cooled heat pumps, air handling units with energy recovery, and Automated Logic® building system controls, in addition to managing the building's system commissioning. Hamilton Sundstrand supplied a Sullair LS20 compressed air system and UTC Fire & Security provided security and access controls.

"The Shanghai Engine Center is a further demonstration of Pratt & Whitney and UTC's commitment to sustainable development and practices. We believe that this project will serve as a leading example for other facilities within China when pursuing energy saving integration with operational efficiency," said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO & Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Pratt & Whitney through its Global Service Partners (GSP) network is a total service provider for Pratt & Whitney, International Aero Engines, General Electric, Rolls-Royce and CFMI engines. In addition to engine overhaul and repair services, GSP provides customers improved engine performance and increased asset value through a broad portfolio of services including line maintenance, engine monitoring and diagnostics, environmentally friendly on-wing water washes, leased engines, custom engine service programs and new and repaired parts.