Smart building tech company Honeywell has launched a building portfolio management system designed specifically for small- to medium-sized buildings.
The new offering, dubbed Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator, can save users up to 30% in facility energy costs, improve visibility into building portfolio performance, and help facility managers optimize occupant comfort, operational performance and asset management, the company said.
More than 90% of the U.S. commercial building stock consists of properties under 50,000 square feet, and most of these buildings lack a proper building management system (BMS) to manage energy usage, Honeywell said.
Based on the Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management platform, Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator is a plug-and-play solution that provides insights into building portfolio operations.
“Businesses that operate a portfolio of small- and medium-sized locations are facing greater challenges than ever and want to create a comfortable, safer and healthier environment for their employees and guests,” said Peter Fehl, president of Building Management Systems at Honeywell Building Technologies. “Managing costs is a significant factor for these businesses yet they currently lack the right resource to easily and centrally manage multiple building sites. With the Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator, these businesses can improve their operations and business continuity and drive better energy savings.”
Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator aggregates data from a wireless ecosystem of hardware, including: a color touchscreen thermostat, a Smart IO module and wireless sensors into a cloud-based dashboard that provides insights on occupant comfort, operational productivity and portfolio management.
The new solution identifies opportunities to improve the occupant experience with a comfort Index ranking that pinpoints areas that need attention and manage temperature controls remotely with mobile app, according to the company.
Honeywell said that the new offering also allows building managers to minimize unplanned downtime with an intelligent alarm management feature that provides visibility into a business’ most important assets, such as coolers or freezers, with sensing capabilities and allows for prioritization of alarms.
It can also alert potential energy consumption issues. For example, according to Honeywell, it will identify a location that consumes a significant amount of energy or is not meeting the designated set point. The system features dashboards that display trends and can be access via PC or mobile device to allow users to optimize efficiencies and keep employees and guests comfortable.
The Honeywell Small and Medium Building Administrator will also work with the Honeywell MAXPRO Cloud Solutions security portfolio, providing building owners with integrated building management, access control, intrusion and video security through intuitive physical and software user interfaces.
Honeywell said that the new solution is ideal for small- to medium-buildings such as banking, retail, convenience stores, restaurants, grocery, medical clinics, education or government facilities.