Rising to greener heights

By Saeed Al Abbar

When tall buildings first emerged in the late 19th century in the USA to meet the growing demand for inner city office space, little did anyone imagine that nearly 8,000 miles to the East and over 120 years later, a small desert country, the United Arab Emirates, would boast the tallest skyline in the world.

In the Middle East, especially the UAE, the construction of tall and super tall structures is on a high growth trajectory. In fact, since 2009, UAE has been home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

As the Middle East continues to build skyscrapers, the earlier view of tall buildings as large scale energy consumers with little regard for sustainable architecture is now rapidly changing. The new generation of tall buildings are being designed with energy conservation and sustainability as their principal criteria.

The UAE has made significant strides since 2006 to drive the green building agenda with numerous ground breaking frameworks and programmes being implemented by the public sector. Emirates Green Building Council, an independent forum promoting sustainability, has been leading discussions on identifying solutions for existing buildings to become sustainable while ensuring that new ones are designed with ‘green building’ features.

The focus on sustainable built environments reflects His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s initiative for a ‘green economy for sustainable development’.

All tall building stakeholders need to look closely at the important aspects of implementing new technologies and features. We need these credible measures by developers to incorporate green building practices to contribute to the green vision of the nation.

 – Saeed Al Abbar is the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council

Enhancing building efficiency for a greener UAE

By Saeed Al Abbar

With the UAE’s skyline dominated by skyscrapers, and Dubai alone being home to over 3,000 high-rise buildings,1  it is important that all stakeholders within the construction industry leverage the opportunities available for installing renewable energy systems in high-rises.

The roofs of high-rise buildings are often occupied with installations such as cooling towers, chillers and other equipment, which can limit the space available for installing renewable energy systems.

However, with an increasing number of high-rises in the region, it is important that initiatives supporting sustainable built environments are fully considered and implemented.

Emirates Green Building Council, an independent forum promoting sustainability, recently hosted a workshop to discuss the challenges and potential solutions in installing renewable energy technologies in high-rises.

Experts identified awareness, site issues, codes and financial schemes as key points to be addressed to promote the use of renewable energy systems. They observed that these systems must also be outcome-based to ensure reduction in energy consumption.

To bring a tangible shift, a fundamental transformation of the construction sector is needed by streamlining fragmented responsibilities of different stakeholders and developing business models that attract third-party financing.

Stakeholders must also look at implementing highly advanced yet cost-effective façade concepts, based on multifunctional components and/or new combinations of existing building envelope technologies.

An integrated design and close collaboration among a multidisciplinary team will further drive the implementation of renewable energy systems in high-rises.

With the focus on high-rise buildings continuing to grow, in direct response to meet the urban growth requirements, credible measures by developers to incorporate green building practices will contribute to the green vision of the nation and help secure the environment for our future generations.

Saeed Al Abbar is the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council.

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Blueprint for Dubai’s Skyscrapers Successfully Presented at the 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai

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Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, addressing the audience at the inauguration of the 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2015 – The roadmap for skyscraper development in Dubai was charted out successfully at the 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit that concluded in Dubai this week. The summit was held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and was produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The summit was attended by over 350 participants, with an agenda that featured over 20 stimulating keynote speeches, panel discussions and case studies over the course of two exciting days. The scheduled networking sessions gave participants an opportunity to interact with other attendees. The summit took place on 11-12 May at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa.

The summit was inaugurated by Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality in the presence of senior embassy representatives and Wassim Aboushaar, Executive Managing Director, Schindler Middle East, who then welcomed the gathering.

Delivering a special address on behalf of the Dubai Municipality, Abdullah Al Rafia spoke on the Dubai Frame Project that aims to implement one of the highest landmarks in the world which will become an important attraction for tourists and residents alike. Located inside Za’abeel Park, the project will be in the form of a frame with two 150m high towers connected by a bridge at the top of the towers. He explained how the project would provide a great view of ‘Old Dubai’ to the north and ‘New Dubai’ to the south.

The address was followed by a presentation on the challenges of delivering iconic tall and complex buildings globally by Samsung C & T’s Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq. He explained the benefits of Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) and provided case studies on several iconic structures around the world, highlighting the importance of transfer of technology across the boundaries to deliver structures of the highest safety and quality standards, on time and within cost.

Intelligent transit in modern high-rise buildings was the focus of the session conducted by Schindler’s John Mizon, that highlighted how new concepts such as transit management can ensure the quality of space being provided can be increased and improved, thereby creating buildings that are efficient and improve people’s lives.

Other sessions included SULB Company’s Rudi Clayton explaining the advantages of using structural steel in tall buildings. He detailed the advantages of structural steel for owners, designers, fabricators and contractors, including reduced construction times and project costs, aesthetic appeal, design flexibility, high strength, environment friendliness and many more.

KONE’s Johannes de Jong focused on innovative technology to future proof buildings in his session. Emphasizing the importance of optimizing traffic flows within a building, he highlighted how smart, scalable solutions integrating subsystems like access, destination, information and monitoring can enable smoother and smarter people flow.

Sessions on Day 1 featured speakers from AESG and AECOM as well as premium sponsors Emerson Climate Technologies MEA, Guardian, Al-Jazeera Paints, Kansai Paint, Emirates Insolaire, Vision Project Services, speaking on topics ranging from design and construction of sustainable buildings in the Middle East; safety in tall buildings; compressor modulation technology in air conditioning; energy efficiency with glass facades; smart paints; innovative colored solar glass; sustainable paints; use of precision mapping drones. The panel discussion for the day sponsored by Novelis featured an interesting discussion on the current and future trends in architecture, with panelists from Novelis, Perkins+Will, Qatar University and B+H Architects.

Day 2 featured speakers from premium sponsors UTC Building & Industrial Systems and GE Sealants, along with Perkins+Will, Qatar University, Ramboll Middle East, Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development, speaking on vertical transportation and integrated building technologies; silicone structural glazing; smart ideas for future skyscrapers; socio-cultural sustainability and tall buildings; sustainable design and facades for skyscrapers in the Middle East; sustainable development guidelines for skyscrapers. The panel discussion on the second day featured a lively debate on making tall building developments and city infrastructure work.

The Smart Skyscrapers Summit made major strides this year, with greater partnerships with industry giants including Schindler, SULB Company, KONE, Al-Jazeera Paints, Emerson Climate Technologies MEA, Kansai Paint, GE Sealants, Guardian, Emirates Insolaire, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Vision Project Services, Novelis. The exhibitor lounge was a top draw, with products and solutions displayed by BASF, Reynaers Aluminium, Prysmian Group, Celer Group, Merhis, Liebherr Tower Cranes, Doka, Pentair, Dow, Wild Aquaria, Fujairah Rockwool Factory, Unicoil, Ideal Standard, Guangdong KinLong, VP Groundforce.

The lucky draw at the end of Day 2 proved very popular, with winners receiving an iPad and a complimentary stay at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai.

The event drew favorable responses from attendees at its close. Matthew Neidlinger, Director – Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies expressed his gratitude, “We’re glad to be part of this event. Previously, we’ve seen an increase in demand for technologies that have elevated efficiency, comfort, reliability and affordability. Therefore, through our keynote, we’ve addressed capacity and energy efficiency needs that will make smart buildings and skyscrapers the future of this city.”

Antonis Mourikis, Sales Director, Ideal Standard MENA, said, “Smart Skyscrapers has been a good 2-day experience for our company presence in Dubai. The event was very well organized and the speakers were from the most important companies in the field.”

Roger Digby, Commercial Manager – Export, VP Groundforce, mentioned, “The Smart Skyscrapers Summit was a well-organised event and the first attended by VP, as a sponsor, in this region. The conference exposed our products and services to some very good delegates who we hope will become customers.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “We are very happy that the 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit was such a success as it fulfilled the important role of showcasing technology that can drive the development of sustainable skyscrapers in the region. We are privileged to hold this event under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality this year. We thank our sponsors, delegates, speakers and partners for being part of this event and look forward to seeing them all again next year.”

For event details, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit, The Region’s Leading Skyscrapers Event Commenced Today

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 11, 2015 – The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, began today with an engaging agenda replete with keynote speeches, panel discussions and case studies and networking sessions. The summit is being held at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

The two-day summit was inaugurated by Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, who also delivered a special address on behalf of the Dubai Municipality.

The summit hosted dignitaries including H.E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada to United Arab Emirates in Dubai; H.E. Erdem Ozan, Consul General, Turkish Consulate General in Dubai; H.E. Raymund Furrer, Consul General, Consulate General of Switzerland in Dubai; H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, SHUROOQ – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; H.E. Mohammad Reza Fayyaz, Ambassador, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran; Sarika Lata, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji; Elodie Journet, Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General, Australian Consulate-General Dubai; Majida Ali Rashed, Assistant Director General, Dubai Land Department; Sanam Shahani, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada to United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

Over 300 delegates attended the summit, including senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors, sustainability experts and building professionals from across the GCC.

Sustainable skyscraper construction and design is the focus of the two-day event, which will showcase the latest and most innovative sustainable building technology and solutions for high-rise green buildings, with focus on the special needs for building skyscrapers in Dubai, the UAE and the Middle East region.

Day 1 of the two-day summit featured an interesting mix of sessions and a panel discussion, with the first presentation of the day featuring Ahmad K Abdelrazaq , Sr. Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T, speaking on the challenges of delivering tall and complex buildings globally. He was followed by John Mizon, Vice President Advanced Programs, Schindler Transit Management Group, speaking on intelligent transit in modern high rise buildings and Scott Coombes, Managing Partner, AESG, who took the audience through the nuances of designing and constructing sustainable buildings in the Middle East.

Other sessions included Rudi Clayton, Manager Marketing & Exports, SULB Company, speaking on the advantages of structural steel usage; Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM, speaking on safety in tall buildings; Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, Major Projects, KONE, presenting on innovative technology to future proof buildings; Matthew Neidlinger, Director – Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies MEA speaking on addressing capacity and energy efficiency needs through compressor modulation in air conditioning applications, among many more. The panel discussion for the day discussed current and future trends in architecture.

The Day 2 agenda will feature sessions on vertical transportation and integrated building technologies by Richard K. Pulling, Vice President – Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems; silicone structural glazing by Errol Bull, Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager, GE Construction Sealants; sustainable design and facades for skyscrapers in the Middle East by Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director – Head of Façade, Ramboll Middle East; and many more. Also scheduled is a panel discussion on making tall building developments and city infrastructure work.

In only its second year, the Smart Skyscrapers Summit has become the premier skyscrapers event in the region, evidenced by the increased number of partnerships with industry giants including Schindler, SULB Company, KONE, Al-Jazeera Paints, Emerson Climate Technologies MEA, Kansai Paint, GE Sealants, Guardian, Emirates Insolaire, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Vision Project Services, Novelis and many more. The exhibitor lounge featured over 25 solution-providers showcasing a range of innovative solutions and products.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Smart Skyscrapers Summit has grown to become the leading skyscrapers event in the region in a very short period of time. This year, we are privileged to hold this event under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality. This summit showcases the latest designs, technology and solutions for tall buildings in the region, and is especially relevant for Dubai, which is among the global hubs for skyscraper development. We are glad to bring this premier platform to share knowledge and network with the best in the field to our audience.”

For event details, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit Begins Tomorrow

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Panel discussion in progress at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

May 10, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, is all set to begin tomorrow at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, with two days of intensely exciting speeches, panel discussions and case studies. The two-day summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

The summit will be inaugurated by Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, who will also deliver a special address.

Dignitaries expected to attend include H.E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada to United Arab Emirates in Dubai; H.E. Erdem Ozan, Consul General, Turkish Consulate General in Dubai; H.E. Raymund Furrer, Consul General, Consulate General of Switzerland in Dubai; H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, SHUROOQ – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; H.E. Mohammad Reza Fayyaz, Ambassador, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran; Sarika Lata, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Fiji; Elodie Journet, Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General, Australian Consulate-General Dubai; Majida Ali Rashed, Assistant Director General, Dubai Land Department; Sanam Shahani, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada to United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

The global drive towards sustainability has fuelled innovation in sustainable skyscraper construction, especially in Dubai and the Middle East. The Smart Skyscrapers Summit focuses on highlighting the latest advancements in design, technology and solutions in modern skyscraper development, keeping the core theme of sustainability in mind. The summit is expected to host over 300 participants, with topics including construction challenges, intelligent transit, safety, innovative technology, energy efficiency, trends in architecture and much more.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include Ahmad K Abdelrazaq , Sr. Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T; John Mizon, Vice President Advanced Programs, Schindler Transit Management Group; Scott Coombes, Principal Consultant, AESG; Rudi Clayton, Manager Marketing & Exports, SULB Company; Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM; Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, Major Projects, KONE; Matthew Neidlinger, Director – Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies; Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian; Nawras Rimawi, Director, Al-Jazeera Paints Academy; Matthew David Carton, Specification Manager, Kansai Paint MENA & CIS; Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner, Emirates Insolaire; Philip Angell, Managing Director, Vision Project Services; Dr. Montasser Hussein El-Raie, Projects Manager, Khatib & Alami; Richard K. Pulling, Vice President – Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Errol Bull, Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager, GE Construction Sealants; Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University; Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director – Head of Façade, Ramboll Middle East; Thomas D. Bohlen, CTO & Head of Corporate Sustainability, Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development; Wulf Binder, Sales Manager – Architecture, Novelis; Phillip Jones, Principal & Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, B+H Architects; Mark Lavery, Associate Director – Tall Buildings, BuroHappold Engineering; Benjamin Piper, Director of Architecture, Perkins+Will; Ante Baric, Principal Consultant, BuroHappold Engineering; Simon Ingvartsen, Design Director, Henning Larsen Middle East.

Day 1’s agenda features sessions on the challenges of delivering tall buildings; intelligent transit; design and construction of sustainable buildings in the Middle East; advantages of using structural steel; smart paints; safety in tall buildings; innovative technology to future proof buildings; compressor modulation technology in air conditioning; energy efficiency with glass facades; sustainable paints with active benefits; innovative colored solar glass; use of precision mapping drones. The panel discussion will delve into the current and future trends in architecture.

The Day 2 agenda includes sessions on vertical transportation and integrated building technologies; silicone structural glazing; socio-cultural sustainability and tall buildings; sustainable design and facades for skyscrapers in the Middle East; sustainable development guidelines for skyscrapers. Also scheduled are a case study on the Cayan Tower and the panel discussion on making tall building developments and city infrastructure work.

The summit’s second edition is supported by major companies such as Schindler, SULB Company, KONE, Al-Jazeera Paints, Emerson Climate Technologies, Kansai Paint, GE Sealants, Guardian, Emirates Insolaire, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Vision Project Services, Novelis and many more. The exhibitor lounge will feature over 25 solution-providers showcasing a range of innovative solutions and products.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “Skyscraper development in the Middle East is a particularly relevant topic for Dubai and the Middle East. In today’s age of sustainable development, skyscrapers must be built using the latest technology and solutions to ensure safety, stability and durability. The Smart Skyscrapers Summit will focus on bringing the latest technology and solutions into the limelight. We are privileged to hold this event, under the esteemed patronage of the Dubai Municipality this year.”

For event details, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com 

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Sustainability in Skyscrapers Discussed at Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Beginning in Dubai Next Week

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Delegates attending a session during Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 5, 2015 – The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit returns to Dubai early next week at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa on May 11 and 12, 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the summit is produced by global event organizers, Expotrade, with over 300 senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors and building managers from across the GCC expected to attend.

The summit will be inaugurated by Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality.

The two-day by-invitation-only summit’s agenda features a series of thought-provoking presentations, case studies and panel discussions focused on bringing into the limelight the latest advancements in skyscraper technology. At the heart of the summit is sustainability, with topics on the agenda shedding new light on issues such as construction challenges, intelligent transit, safety, innovative technology, energy efficiency, trends in architecture and much more.

Speakers and panelists include Ahmad K Abdelrazaq, Sr. Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T; Wassim Aboushaar, Executive Managing Director, Schindler Middle East; Saeed Alabbar, Director, AESG; Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM; Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director – Head of Façade, Ramboll Middle East; Rudi Clayton, Manager Marketing & Exports, SULB Company; Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University; Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, Major Projects, KONE; Dr. Montasser Hussein El-Raie, Projects Manager, Khatib & Alami; Matthew Neidlinger, Director – Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies; Nawras Rimawi, Director, Al-Jazeera Paints Academy; Matthew David Carton, Specification Manager, Kansai Paint MENA & CIS; Errol Bull, Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager, GE Construction Sealants; Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian; Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner, Emirates Insolaire; Wulf Binder, Sales Manager – Architecture, Novelis; Phillip Jones, Principal & Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, B+H Architects, and many more.

This year’s edition features a greater number of partnerships with major companies such as Schindler, SULB Company, KONE, Al-Jazeera Paints, Emerson Climate Technologies, Kansai Paint, GE Sealants, Guardian, Emirates Insolaire, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Vision Project Services, Novelis and many more. The exhibitor lounge will feature over 25 solution-providers showcasing their innovative product ranges for the benefit of the audience.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Smart Skyscrapers Summit focuses on highlighting challenges and solutions in sustainable skyscraper development. We are privileged to be supported in this regard this year by the Dubai Municipality. We look forward to bringing a platform to showcase the best in skyscraper technology to our audience.”

For event details, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

UTC Building & Industrial Systems Joins Smart Skyscrapers Summit as Gold Sponsor

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2015 – The Smart Skyscrapers Summit proudly welcomes UTC Building & Industrial Systems as Gold Sponsor of the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on 11-12 May 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is produced by global conference organizers Expotrade. UTC Building & Industrial Systems will be showcasing vertical transportation and integrated building technologies at the summit. Richard K. Pulling, Vice President – Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, will be speaking at the summit with a presentation titled, ‘Vertical Transportation and Integrated Building Technologies – Creating Order and Convenience.’ UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ commitment towards innovation and sustainability finds the ideal platform at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, which seeks to showcase the latest innovative technology and solutions to fuel sustainable and smart skyscrapers.

UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ presentation will explain how the use of vertical transportation and security systems integration enables safe and convenient ‘wayfinding’, and will detail the use of technology to create relationships among building systems and building tenants to benefit all concerned. The discussion will also showcase integrated building technologies to enable the smart skyscraper to be ‘green’, efficient and enhance the tenants’ building experience.

Rapid urbanization across the world has led to greater demand for spaces for office as well as residential spaces. With space availability an issue, modern urban development has led to the emergence of taller buildings. In such a scenario, the importance of vertical transportation that takes into account energy efficiency as well as user comfort is magnified further. It is especially relevant for Dubai and the UAE, which are making rapid strides in sustainable urban development.

The importance of sustainability and innovation in urban buildings and the choice of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit is put into perspective by Rolando Furlong, Vice President, UTC Building & Industrial Systems Middle East & Turkey, who says, “As the world’s largest provider of building technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems is committed to creating a future with buildings that are sustainable and provide superior functionality through smart system integration. By participating in events such as the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, we aim at sharing our knowledge and experience in this matter with top professionals in the industry. We hope that through open dialogue we can support this trend and improve the awareness on how UTC Building & Industrial Systems is innovating on the field of building efficiency, system integration and better occupant experience.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said “The partnership with UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a particularly relevant one, given our common aims of promoting sustainability and innovation in skyscraper building. We are very happy that the Smart Skyscrapers Summit affords a perfect opportunity to showcase their solutions in vertical transportation and integrated building technologies and we look forward to a long and meaningful association with them.”

Learn more about smart skyscraper technology and solutions at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015, to be held on 11 – 12 May at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai.

For more details on the summit, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com

About UTC Building & Industrial Systems

UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Its elevator, escalator, fire-safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and services promote integrated, high-performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

Our company is built on a proud and long-standing tradition of innovation and sustainability that has enabled us to become an industry leader, bringing cutting-edge solutions to our customers around the globe.

For more information, visit www.BIS.UTC.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com