Representatives from United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) and Tsinghua University signed an agreement, Thursday, establishing a joint research program to advance studies in support of developing the world's next generation of buildings.
This five-year commitment establishes the Tsinghua - United Technologies Corporation Research Institute for Integrated Building Energy, Safety and Control Systems ("BESC" Institute).
Researchers and scientists at the institute will focus on advancing the science, technology and multidisciplinary integration required to create high performance buildings. Institute members will use current and emerging fields of study and also create new science to establish pathways for constructing buildings that are environmentally friendly, sustainable, efficient and also comfortable and safe for inhabitants.
The joint research program partners scientists and researchers from United Technologies Research Center with their counterparts from within three departments of Tsinghua University: the Center for Public Safety Research, the Department of Building Science, and the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems.
"By teaming some of the world's leading researchers who work across a variety of engineering disciplines, we hope to bring to reality comfortable, zero-net energy buildings with dynamically controlled environments and low cost of ownership," said Dr. J. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President, Science & Technology, United Technologies. "Our joint research will produce the ideas needed to positively impact a stark reality of our world: that buildings worldwide consume more than a third of our planet's annual energy use."
"We are pleased to be teamed with world-renowned leaders who share a commitment to solve critical challenges facing our world through scientific exploration and cooperation," McQuade added. "This institute supports our company's ongoing commitment to deliver environmentally responsible, energy efficient and sustainable products to market."
United Technologies provides a broad range of high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.
Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) provides advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research for industry leading customers in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation.
UTRC's customers include all UTC business units, as well as government agencies and independent organizations. Among its key research goals are sustainable technologies that positively impact the marketplace while conserving resources. UTRC is based in East Hartford, Conn., and operates an office in Shanghai, China.
Tsinghua University was established in 1911 and consists of 54 departments distributed in 13 schools, including the schools of sciences, architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, information science and technology, humanities and social sciences, economics and management, law, arts and design, public policy and management, Journalism and Communication, Aeronautics and Aviation and Tsinghua Beijing Union Medical College.
The university has approximately 30,000 students and 7,100 faculty and staff, which include 35 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 31 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The university is located in northwest Beijing, China.