Al Tawaba Mosque

Award-winning VisionPRO 8000 Mosque Thermostat cut energy costs by 37% during six-month pilot program* at Sharjah’s Al Tawba Mosque

Al Tawaba Mosque

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been presented with the prestigious Dominic de Sousa Award for Innovation for a new approach to temperature control that helped a mosque save 37 percent* on its energy usage.

The 6th Annual Climate Control Middle East Awards, which recognizes innovation excellence in the field of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), was held in Dubai last month under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, and was presided over by the ministry’s undersecretary, Her Excellency Zahra Salman Al Aboodi.

The award-winning product, Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 Mosque Thermostat, helped Al Tawba Mosque in Sharjah achieve more than one-third energy savings over the course of a six month pilot project. The thermostat is designed with a feature that uses location coordinates to calculate prayer times and automatically adjust temperatures five times per day, according to peak building utilization. It was piloted between August 2015 and January 2016, and the findings have been endorsed by the Sharjah government’s Department of Islamic Affairs, which oversees mosques in the emirate.

Commenting on the accolade, Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions, said: “The Honeywell mosque thermostat is proof of our commitment to providing customers in the Middle East with smart, green, energy-efficient and locally relevant solutions. This unique technology will help ensure comfortable prayer experiences and represents an intuitive, energy-efficient solution for thousands of mosques across the region in line with regional sustainability goals.”

Dilip Sinha, general manager for Honeywell’s Environmental and Energy Solutions in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), added: “We are delighted to have been recognized by our industry peers with this award because it underscores our commitment to making the region’s buildings greener, safer and more productive. This innovative technology delivers real energy and cost savings without sacrificing comfort, which is a defining trait of Honeywell’s extensive environmental and energy solutions product portfolio.”

The VisionPRO 8000 Mosque Thermostat was originally designed to provide optimal comfort and energy savings in homes and offices, and was customized for the Middle East market after consultations with mosque caretakers found there was a gap in the market for an intelligent AC system that could automatically lower temperatures five times a day during prayer times.

The Climate Control Middle East Awards are held annually to recognise and honor HVACR organisations that show a strong commitment to socio-economic and sustainable development goals, as applicable to the Middle East region, and are able to provide tangible evidence of their initiatives, best practices and efforts.

The awards were adjudicated by a distinguished jury, comprising leading public- and private-sector figures with strong exposure to multiple aspects of the HVACR and allied industries. The selection process was overseen by global auditors KPMG, who were charged with monitoring and guiding the entire process.

* Results of the pilot program are from one six-month study conducted at one mosque in Sharjah, UAE, with a capacity for 500 to 700 worshippers. Energy saving results may differ depending on mosque size, design, and location.

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