Honeywell launched an integrated set of solutions to help building owners improve the “health” of their building environments, the firm said in a release.
The aim of the new solutions is to comply with social distancing policies, and help reassure occupants that it is safe to return to the workplace.
By integrating air quality, safety and security technologies along with advanced analytics, Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions are designed to help building owners minimize potential risks of contamination and ensure business continuity by monitoring both the building environment and building occupants’ behaviors, the company said.
Honeywell added that its new solutions provide building owners with more control over critical health, safety and security factors to encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations and a company’s risk management policies.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the culture of how buildings are managed by making apparent the need to ensure health and well-being in all aspects of our lives,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies. “Honeywell has developed outcome-based solutions that allow building owners to transparently address how they limit exposure to and the spread of viruses while supporting their business continuity needs in an uncertain environment. We’re giving them the data they need to confidently reassure their employees to accelerate their business operations.”
“Returning to work after a pandemic will not be returning to business as usual. Occupants will want credible information and increased visibility into how building technology is protecting their health and what has been done to ensure that the buildings they enter are safe. Healthy buildings go beyond just energy efficiency to ensure the health, comfort, confidence and productivity of the people who use them,” the executive added.
Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions provide a “holistic view of a building’s health” based on factors such as indoor air quality, occupant flow, personal protection equipment (PPE) analytics, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitation efficacy, the company said.
Honeywell’s new “#HealthyBuildings Score” analytics provide real-time alerts to building owners and operators so they can address non-compliance issues or deal with infection-related incidents. The score is comprised of key building health metrics that can be provided to occupants in a simplified view on a dashboard. Healthy Buildings outcomes are powered by Honeywell Forge and monitored via the #HealthyBuildings score, according to Honeywell.
Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions has two packages – one focused on indoor air quality and another on safety and security.
The Honeywell Healthy Buildings Air Quality package monitors, manages and controls key parameters to create a healthier built environment while still managing energy efficiency. The Air Quality package can:
-Manage pressurization, ventilation, temperature and humidity;
-Gauge environmental and occupancy parameters;
-Provide real-time insights on contaminant risk, alerts to change HEPA filters, cleaning and occupant behavior; and
-Control and optimize UV sterilization, air filtration and air composition.
The Honeywell Healthy Buildings Safety & Security package features hardware and software that can help building owners minimize risk by monitoring, detecting and responding to potential issues using integrated security tools, according to the company. The Safety & Security package can:
-Manage people flow and reporting, people counting, proactive property protection, thermal temperature screening and PPE mask detection;
-Monitor and help sustain compliance with social distancing, space sanitation; and
-Support contact tracing due to potential virus exposure by leveraging advanced video analytics and incident management workflows.
The firm also said that the Honeywell Healthy Buildings solutions can support the needs of any building and features specific solutions for premium commercial buildings, airports, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors.