- Entries for Honeywell Smart Building Awards – the region’s first smart building awards program – are being accepted until Sept. 29, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 7, 2016 – Developers and building operators from across the Middle East have until Sept 29. to submit their entries for the region’s first smart building awards. The Honeywell Smart Building Awards were launched earlier this year to recognize and celebrate innovation that makes buildings more efficient, safe and productive. Dozens of submissions have been received from several building verticals, including hotels, airports, office towers and high-rise residential buildings.
The Honeywell Smart Building Awards will crown the region’s smartest airport, hotel, hospital, educational and retail facilities, as well as the leading high-rise office and residential buildings. Entries are being accepted from facilities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, with the awards program being supported by strategic partner, MEED.
The winners of the Middle East’s smartest building will be announced in November in the lead up to the UAE’s Innovation Week, a nationwide celebration launched as part of the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy.
Entries are being accepted through an online application on the Honeywell website (http://smartbuildings.honeywell.com/me), and must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Global advisors Ernst & Young will audit the awards and perform onsite checks on the highest scoring buildings to validate the applications. The criteria that will be used to judge the winners is based on the Honeywell Smart Building Score™, which assesses the effective use of 15 technology assets to determine how green, safe and productive a facility is. Honeywell will then name the smartest buildings in each industry – airports, hotels, hospitals, offices, residential, education and retail – as well as the leading building in each participating country.
“The awards are the first of their kind in the Middle East and aim to drive innovation in the region’s buildings and therefore the cities they lie within,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and central Asia regions. “The number of entries we’ve received to date underscores the many investments made to meet the smart city visions set out by the region’s governments and we’re excited to be part of the innovation we’re witnessing across the Middle East.”
The Middle East Honeywell Smart Building Score™, which was launched in March 2016, evaluated 620 buildings across seven major Middle East cities: Abu Dhabi, Dammam/ Dhahran, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh. The research found that while Doha and Dubai lead the region from smart buildings, there are examples of voluntary leadership and high-scoring smart buildings in every city surveyed.
For more information or to enter the 2016 Honeywell Middle East Smart Building Awards, please visit http://smartbuildings.honeywell.com/ME.