October 24, 2016
UTRC leads industry dialogue at CTBUH annual conference

SHENZHEN, China – Mega-tall buildings and the issues associated with their safety and sustainability were the focus of the 2016 Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conference, Oct. 16-21 in China.

UTRC's Mark Thompson and UTRC China's Murilo Bonilha and Jinlei Ding collaborated with Otis colleagues to deliver important messages related to these critical topics as part of the conference's technical sessions.

These included a presentation by Bonilha on the safe evacuation of tall buildings and the emerging technologies needed to enable taller and more complex building designs, as well as a presentation by Ding on the energy efficiency and complexity of tall buildings -- specifically the challenges they face in such areas as mechanical systems, energy consumption and HVAC control.

Both sessions were among several presented in the Otis program room at the conference as part of Otis' sponsored program track, "People-Centric Tall Buildings."

The CTBUH annual conference, held this year in three major metropolitan areas within China -- Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong -- attracted more than 1,350 attendees from 46 countries. It provided a valuable forum for Otis and UTRC to share their collective technology advancements, all designed to address industry trends that are shaping the future of skyscrapers.

"Every year, the CTBUH community -- architects, contractors, investors, consultants and system engineers -- meet to discuss the critical issues that will impact the future success and safety of the world's tallest buildings," Thompson said. "UTRC and UTRC China teams that support the development of key technologies on behalf of Otis attend CTBUH to lead dialogues addressing industry concerns and the next technology steps to address them. It's an important conference for Otis, UTRC and UTC, and we always look forward to the opportunity to participate."

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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