India : Delhi is 44% smart buildings


Only 44 per cent of Delhi’s buildings are smart, revealed a first-of-its kind survey on “smart buildings.” Conducted on 2,000 buildings across eight cities in India, the survey by Honeywell India says buildings in the Capital are still “mid-ranked”.

“Buildings like the T-3 Terminal, a couple of metro stations along with the DMRC headquarters have been rated as smart buildings,” said Anant Maheshwari, global president and CEO of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions. Expectedly, most hotels around the airport have been found to be smart. The maximum investment in smart buildings has been done in Bengaluru which amounts to 57 per cent of the total buildings. Mumbai, on the other hand, finds its place somewhere at the bottom of the list with just 36 per cent of such buildings.

“The places which are being developed now or which will be explored in the coming years are naturally bound to have smart buildings. That is why the NCR region and outer Delhi have more such buildings as well as scope. Not much can be changed inside the Capital,” said Mr. Maheshwari. Mumbai’s case is worse as a majority of buildings are old. Interestingly, while green buildings are just one aspect of “smart buildings”, the survey says in Delhi and across the country, the race has been largely to attain the green building tag, thereby, at times, missing even the basic fire safety measures.

“The 2,000 buildings have received a score of 45 towards being green, 31 for being productive, and only 21 for being safe. In general, 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,” the report says.

Honeywell on Tuesday launched a smart building score, a tool to evaluate a building’s use of 15 technology asset groups which make a building green, safe and productive.

Source: The Hindu

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