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Johnson Controls facilitates ‘Green Olympics’


Johnson Controls, an organisation that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel is helping to create safe and sustainable environments at many of the Beijing 2008 Olympic venues and related structures. Innovative ice thermal storage technology, environmentally friendly refrigerant solutions, YORK centrifugal chillers and air handling units, as well as their flagship Metasys building management systems, are all contributing to reduce the energy footprint of the world's most spectacular sporting event.

"For more than a century, Johnson Controls has been creating safe, comfortable and sustainable environments all over the world. Now, we are playing a significant role in making this, the XXIXth Olympiad in Beijing, the first 'green' Olympics," says John Murphy, vice-president & MD of Johnson Controls Systems & Service Europe and Africa.
"Johnson Controls solutions are now supporting major Olympic venues, including the iconic 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium as well as other key developments such
as the Beijing International Airport, CCTV's new headquarters and the National Convention Centre.''
Green building solutions provided by Johnson Controls have been applied to 18 Olympic stadiums and supporting facilities. YORK Chillers and air handling units can be found in:
* National Stadium (Bird's Nest)
* National Indoor Stadium (Turtle's back)
* CCTV New Headquarters Building
* Beijing Olympic Tower (China aero geophysical survey & remote sensing centre)
* Beijing International Airport T3
* National Convention Center
* Beijing Workers' Gymnasium
* Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium Qingdao Olympic
* Sailing Center Tianjin Olympic Games Organizing Committee Office Building
* Shanghai Stadium.
According to Neil Cameron, Systems and Service Divisional manager, Johnson Controls South Africa, "On the local front, Johnson Controls customers can expect the best value in technology. They can have the satisfaction that the quality they get internationally will be available locally."
At the National Stadium ("Bird's Nest") Johnson Controls has enabled the annual operation cost to be reduced by over 15% by using the Johnson Controls advanced YORK centrifugal chiller with R134A refrigerant which utilises advanced ice storage technology and low temperature ice water stored at night to provide cooling during the day, while effectively reducing energy needs at night.
The industry-leading Metasys building management system allows building operators access and control via the internet, PDA's and mobile devices anywhere in the world. Metasys integrates building systems such as lighting, access, and fire/safety systems to ensure minimum energy costs and has been utilised at the following venues:
* Laoshan Velodrome Beijing Olympic Green
* Tennis Court Peking University Gymnasium Beijing University of Technology
* Gymnasium Beijing Olympic Park Central Zone Beijing Olympic Forest Park
* Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.
Johnson Controls is doing more than creating innovative solutions to make buildings more functional, flexible and energy efficient, we are also setting environmental standards. Their European Energy & Environmental team can design, develop, install, implement and maintain solutions that guarantee energy supply and reductions in operating costs at the same time minimising environmental pollution. The innovative approach of Johnson Controls integrates renewable technologies such as biomass, solar and wind energy, combined with strategies of energy supply in order to provide sustainable solutions to our clients.