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Survey to reveal the 'smartest' buildings in the Gulf

Honeywell Smart Building Score to analyse hundreds of buildings across the region; results to be revealed on March 21

Survey to reveal the 'smartest' buildings in the Gulf

Hundreds of buildings - including airports, hospitals, commercial office and residential buildings, hotels, schools and shopping malls - across key Gulf cities are being analysed to determine how "smart" they are.

The results of the Honeywell Smart Building Score, an extensive survey conducted to evaluate the facilities across the region, will be published on March 21.

The survey will reveal the scores from 620 buildings across seven major cities – Abu Dhabi, Dammam/Dhahran, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh and Kuwait City.

In collaboration with market research firm Nielsen and global advisors Ernst & Young, the study evaluates buildings based on established criteria of what constitutes a smart building - Green, Safe and Productive – presenting an outlook on the sustainability of the region’s most recognizable facilities.

“Smart buildings are a key foundation of Smart Cities, and few regions globally embrace this concept quite as well as the Middle East,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia.

“With clear government visions, backed by ambitious country-specific projects and initiatives, the Middle East is well on its way to deliver its facilities of the future. The Honeywell Smart Building Score brings a new dimension to how we assess our built environment in the wider sustainability context, and offers practical and valuable tools for making our buildings greener, safer and more productive.”

The Honeywell Smart Building Score has been developed as a universal framework for the assessment of any building. It provides stakeholders of the built environment - from users and occupants to developers and policy makers – with a single framework to evaluate buildings across countries.

The Middle East survey builds on previous research recently conducted by Honeywell in India, China and the US.

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