A new survey of buildings across the Middle East by global technology leader Honeywell shows that while Dubai and Doha top the list for cities with the “smartest” buildings, more than half of those surveyed in the region had only limited connectivity and integration of building systems.
The Honeywell Smart Building Score™, a first-of-its-kind global index designed for the comprehensive assessment of any building, was used to evaluate 620 buildings across seven major Middle East cities: Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh. The survey, developed by Honeywell with researchers Nielsen and global advisors Ernst & Young, assessed airports, hotels, hospitals, office and residential buildings along with educational and retail facilities.
The Smart Building Score evaluates a building’s use of 15 technology assets to find out which systems are in place to make them green, safe and productive — the three main indicators of smart buildings. The systems’ overall capabilities, coverage of the facility and uptime are then factored in. Overall, Dubai and Doha led the scores across the board.
Key findings from the survey include:
The survey provides valuable insights into opportunities to make buildings in the region smarter. Facility operators and building owners can assess the “smartness” of their own buildings online by visiting the Smart Buildings Score Middle East site.