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Honeywell highlights more investment needed in smart technologies

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A new survey of 2,000 buildings across India by Honeywell and research-specialist IMRB International shows that the 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 new Honeywell Smart Building ScoreTM, a first-of-its-kind global tool evaluates buildings based on each facility’s use of technologies to make the building green, safe and productive. 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.

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. The key findings of the survey were:

  • On a scale of 1 to 100, the national average for buildings is only 33.
  • Airports and hotels in India have the average Smart Building Scores of 49 and 41, respectively.
  • Scoring the lowest were buildings in the education (27) and residential (26) categories.
  • Most buildings in the survey score highest on green elements (45), potentially reflecting the focus on sustainability.
  • Safety scores of buildings on average were very low, at 21, highlighting potential risks. 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.
  • Both private (34) and public (29) buildings have similar overall scores, indicating opportunities and needs exist for both sectors.
  • Bangalore has invested the most in smart buildings (57%), potentially owing to newer construction, while Mumbai can do more (36%). These percentages denote asset capability only.

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