Do you ever wonder how smart your office building, airport or hotel is? 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 Score™, 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 new tool was released at an event in New Delhi by Alex Ismail, President and CEO of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and Anant Maheshwari, President of Honeywell India, in the presence of government dignitaries and public policy experts, building owners, architects, and building consultants. The Government of India has announced a plan to invest in developing 100 new smart cities and rejuvenating 500 others, and the Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM could provide strategic input for that initiative.
“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 Score 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’ve applied the Honeywell Smart Building Score first in India, we are planning similar initiatives around the world.”
- The smartness of buildings in India is low. On a scale of 1 to 100, the national average Honeywell Smart Building Score for these buildings is only 33.
- Most buildings in the survey score highest on green elements (45), potentially reflecting the focus on sustainability from leading global and Indian rating agencies, as well as government incentives to improve building sustainability and energy efficiency.
- Safety scores of buildings on average were very low, at 21, highlighting potential risks and the need for greater investments in safety and security solutions.
- The lowest rated aspect of buildings in the survey was the safety and personal protection of workers who service and maintain these buildings, at 8.