Abraham Lincoln Goes Green This President's Day

Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:53pm EST

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UTC Leads Restoration of Historic Building at National Trust Site
HARTFORD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
America's traditional red, white, and blue celebration over
President's Day Weekend turns green this year with the opening to the
public of the President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument.
A $15 million rehabilitation gives the public access to the most
significant historic site directly associated with Abraham Lincoln's
presidency aside from the White House, and to an important
demonstration of how sustainable design principles can guide historic
preservation.

   United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) partnered with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation and donated $1 million and technical
expertise to incorporate sustainable design into the rehabilitation of
the President Lincoln's Cottage properties. In addition to green
building practices in the cottage, state-of-the-art systems will make
the 1905 Beaux Arts style Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center the
first historic building at a National Trust for Historic Preservation
site to receive "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED)
standards certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

   Buildings contribute 40 percent of the world's greenhouse gases,
according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Sustainable or "green" building design increases a building's
efficiency for energy, water and material use, while minimizing its
impacts on the environment. The rehabilitation incorporates such
sustainable designs and practices throughout the Lincoln Cottage
properties.

   "There's a general misconception that sustainable design can only
apply to new construction, but these techniques are equally applicable
to older or existing buildings without compromising their historic
character or value," said Andrea Doane, United Technologies Director
of Community Affairs and Corporate Giving. "Modern technology has set
new standards for sustainable design and high-efficiency systems. The
restoration and preservation of The National Trust for Historic
Preservation's Lincoln Cottage Properties is literally a landmark
demonstration that older buildings can also 'go green' and preserve
their architectural integrity."

   UTC is the lead corporate sponsor in the National Trust's greening
of the President Lincoln's Cottage properties and this partnership is
a component of UTC's Sustainable Cities grant program. UTC established
the program in 2004, combining its business talents and corporate
commitment to enhance cities in the United States. It recently
expanded the program to include China. Sustainable Cities emphasizes
advancing green building in urban centers, developing educational
programs, protecting the natural environment and contributing to the
quality of urban life.

   In 2005, UTC and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
launched the project to use sustainable design in the rehabilitation
of the Lincoln Properties. UTC sponsored a brainstorming session where
an inter-disciplinary team of architects, designers, engineers and
preservationists agreed it was feasible to restore the properties
using sustainable building standards, and gain LEED certification for
the Visitor Center.

   The rehabilitated site is accessible by public transportation and
includes a bicycle storage area and changing room for bicyclists.
Bio-swales, similar to landscaped French drains, direct storm runoff
to drain on site in groundwater. Low flow aerators, automatic flow
controls, and dual flush toilets reduce water use. Most project
materials contain the standard required percentage of recycled
content, and paints, caulking, finishes, and carpets are low in
volatile organic compound-emissions. The Cottage is
handicapped-accessible with a low-rise elevator from Otis, a UTC
company.

   Equipment by Carrier, also a UTC company, cools the visitor center
and cottage with non-ozone depleting refrigerants, free of chlorine
chemicals. The system is low in noise and consumes less electricity
than traditional alternatives. Other Carrier equipment on site that
meets energy efficiency requirements includes fan coil units, and an
energy recovery ventilation unit that increases ventilation by
recapturing exhaust energy.

   "Our hope is that the success of Lincoln's Cottage will be an
example for future sustainable restoration projects," said Doane.

   United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., is a
diversified company that provides high technology products and
services to the building and aerospace industries.

United Technologies Corp.
Kate Robins, 860-728-7890
www.utc.com

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