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Bangalore Beats Mumbai, Delhi in Creating Smart Buildings: Honeywell Report

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Honeywell and IMRB International have collectively conducted a survey of 2000 buildings in India across Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune; and derived world’s first Honeywell Smart Building Score.

While evaluating this score, Honeywell and IMRB have observed that how these buildings are using technology to fulfill three key aspects of a smart building: safety, ecological balance and productivity.

10 key verticals of buildings have been covered in this survey: airports, hotels, hospitals, private offices, retail, surface transport, government offices, education and social spaces, public services, and residential

During the launch of this report, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma was present, along with Alex Ismail, CEO Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and Gaurav Taneja from Earnest and Young.

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma said, “We are pleased that Honeywell is taking an active role in this Smart Cities project through its Smart Building Score,”

India’s capital New Delhi has performed badly in this survey, as only 44% of the buildings are smart, compared to 57% of all buildings in Bangalore. Meanwhile, India’s economic capital Mumbai has only 36% effectiveness in creating smart buildings.

Some other interesting findings from the survey:

  • Airports in India have an average score of 49 whereas hotels have a score of 41.
  • National average score is 33. Hence, airports and hotels are the smartest of all buildings in India
  • Lowest scores went to educational buildings (27) and Residential buildings (21)
  • Most of the buildings scored an average of 45 points for implementing greenery and ecological balance
  • Private buildings had an average score of 34, meanwhile public buildings had an average of 29 points.
  • National safety score is only 21, which means that more investment and efforts should be applied for making our buildings safer.
  • When it comes to safety of residential buildings, then the score is even more dismal. Residential buildings had an average safety score of 14 and public service buildings such as police stations, fire stations, courts, passport offices, post offices, and prisons have an average safety score of only 18.

Infact, the survey clearly points the fact that builders are putting more emphasis on energy efficiency, compared to safety and productivity; which is a dangerous trend.

This report comes at a crucial time, as recently, Government of India had approved a sum of Rs 48,000 crore to create 100 smart cities across India. Additionally, the Govt. has planned lots of initiatives to develop smart cities such as New Delhi’s smart city initiative; Surat’s smart city with collaboration from Microsoft, and GIFT, India’s first International smart city.

A smart building is the individual unit, which will form the platform for creating smart cities. With such dismal scores of Indian buildings, it is now somewhat clear where the money should be invested now.

You can access the full report regarding Honeywell Smart Building Score here.

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