December 13, 2016
As part of a regional pilot programme, Al Tawba mosque in Sharjah - UAE installed Honeywell's VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques, designed with an auto azan feature that uses location coordinates to calculate prayer times and automatically adjust temperatures.
The Al Tawba Mosque welcomes worshipers five times every day. The mosque has a large open space and with worshipers coming and going throughout the day, the ability to provide a comfortable, yet energy efficient environment can be a challenge.
Honeywell thermostat is designed to meet the specific needs of mosques, even in the heat of United Arab Emirates.
Mohamed El Taweil, Product Marketing Manager &endash; Environmental and Energy Solutions Middle East, Honeywell
“We noticed that a lot of energy is being wasted at the mosque, although there are not many worshippers most of the time, except for prayer times. So we asked ourselves &endash; why don't we conserve this wasted energy and at the same time automatically ensure a very comfortable temperature for worshippers during prayer times?”
The VisionPro 8000 thermostat has the auto azan feature, which ensures that mosques are always ready for worshippers who pray 5 times a day. Auto azan is programmed with a time zone and location of the mosque. Despite the searing summer heat, it controls the air conditioning so the temperature is always comfortable at prayer times. It also has a dramatic effect on energy usage, here cutting electricity costs by 37%.
Safwan Sha'aban &endash; Imam, Al Tawba Mosque
“Of course, rationalizing consumption is required by Islam, humanity and society. There are a lot of verses in the holy book of God that call for rationalizing consumption. God Almighty said: “Do not be excessive, for God does not love those who are excessive, and the Prophet, peace be upon him, called for rationalization in the consumption of all natural resources.”
The VisionPro 8000 thermostat has been developed in the UAE, in consultation with mosque authorities. It has 2 valuable features for officials looking to conserve energy, in line with national sustainability initiatives. First, it adjusts its timings every day, because daily prayer times change throughout the year. Second, it uses adaptive intelligent recovery, memorizing how long the mosque air conditioning system takes to reach the optimum temperature.
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