A new survey of 2,000 buildings across India by Honeywell and research-specialist IMRB International shows that government, building owners and service providers need to invest more in smart building technologies to better serve India´s rapidly urbanizing population and help create sustainable cities and infrastructure. While the country´s airports and hotels are leading the way with smart building technologies, the survey found that in general the smartness of buildings in India is low.
The survey marks the debut of the new Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM, a first-of-its-kind global tool that evaluates buildings based on each facility´s use of technologies to make the building green, safe, and productive ´ three key aspects of smart buildings. The survey findings were accompanied by a white paper from Honeywell and Ernst and Young, ´Smart Buildings Make Smart Cities,´ which details how targeted investment in smart buildings can be used to drive economic and environmental benefits, protect human life and building assets, and support India´s goal to develop 100 Smart Cities. Honeywell leaders presented the findings at an event including government dignitaries and public policy experts, building owners, architects, and building consultants. ´The Indian government´s 100 Smart Cities plan is a forward-looking initiative that aims to improve quality of life and make the country a smarter place to live. We are pleased that Honeywell is taking an active role in this Smart Cities project through its Smart Building Score,´ said U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma, speaking at the event.
´Implementing smart building solutions can make facilities more connected and adaptive, reduce energy and operating costs, and improve the safety and quality of life for occupants and users,´ said Alex Ismail, President and CEO of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. ´The Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM makes it simple and easy for building owners and facility managers to identify the right technologies to make their buildings greener, safer, and more productive. Although we have applied the Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM first in India, we are planning similar initiatives around the world.´
The 2,000 buildings participating in the survey covered 10 key building verticals: airports, hotels, hospitals, private offices, retail, surface transport, government offices, education and social spaces, public services, and residential. These buildings are located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.
Among the key findings of the survey:
´India could save billions each year by incorporating modern technologies in buildings that drive green, safe, and productive outcomes,´ said Anant Maheshwari, President, Honeywell India. ´However, smart building technologies are still new to India and adopted primarily by large commercial buildings. With the promise of the Government of India´s 100 Smart Cities initiative, it was imperative to create a tool for assessing the smartness of buildings and establish an industry benchmark.´
The Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM evaluates a building´s use of 15 technology asset groups that make a building green, safe, and productive, based on the systems´ overall capability, coverage of the facility, and uptime. The green asset group includes a building´s use of natural resources, flexible heating and cooling systems, and control panels for monitoring energy consumption, all of which impact carbon emissions, a facility´s environmental footprint, and utility costs for the building occupant or user.
The safe category includes access control, surveillance and intrusion monitoring systems, fire and life safety systems, emergency communications, and health and safety systems.
In the productive category, technologies that help boost productivity include indoor air quality sensors, lighting systems, and communications and data infrastructure such as wired and wireless networks, and backup electricity systems for uninterrupted power.
Madhavi Jha, Director - CC, Honeywell Automation India Ltd 56 & 57, Hadapsar Industrial Estate, Hadapsar, Pune-411013, Maharashtra. T: 020-66039400 M: 9971496212, Madhavi.Jha@Honeywell.com