Carrier reached another milestone in its connection to the 2008 Beijing Games, securing nearly 70% of all heating, ventilating and air conditioning contracts for the venues. Carrier 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.
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 innovative technology recovers more than 50% 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’s 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 air leakage rate of less then 1% and each unit is equipped with Carrier’s new high voltage electrostatic air cleaner to remove airborne particles which improves indoor air quality.
To ensure that the air conditioning systems in all venues 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.
One important venue in Beijing is a multi-building community that has housed athletes during the games. The Beijing Olympic Village achieved LEED® ND certification with design consultation support from Environmental Market Solutions, Inc. (EMSI). EMSI is an environmental and green building company owned by Carrier Corp. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the venue LEED ND certification at the Gold level.