MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR MIDDLE EAST’S FIRST SMART BUILDING AWARDS PROGRAM

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Entries for Honeywell Smart Building Awards – the region’s first smart building awards program – are being accepted until Sept. 29, 2016

HSBS AwardsDubai, United Arab Emirates: Developers and building operators in the UAE and 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 (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 UAE and the wider Middle Eastern region, and just under four weeks remain to enter your building and to be part of the journey that showcases the country’s commitment to UAE Vision 2021,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and central Asia regions. “With such a strong focus on the drive for innovation across the UAE, the awards are designed to support innovation across the building industry and we are pleased to be pioneering this initiative.”

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.

About Honeywell:

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

About MEED:

MEED is a senior management media brand in the Middle East, established in 1957. MEED has been integral to delivering business information and news, intelligence and analysis on the Middle East economies ever since. MEED encompasses 4 high-value content businesses, MEED Subscriptions, MEED Events, MEED Projects and MEED Insight. MEED Subscriptions offers unrivalled coverage of the Middle East and North Africa through a mix of content platforms including desktop, app, mobile, print and offline briefings. MEED Projects is the Middle East’s premium project tracking database and MEED Insight offers tailored research and in-depth analysis. More than 20 C-level executive conferences, summits and managed events are hosted by MEED Events each year, as well as an industry-leading awards programme that recognises excellence in a particular field.