The Honeywell Smart Building Score was developed as a framework for the quick, comprehensive, and easy assessment of any building. Based on defined parameters of capability, coverage and up time, the framework scores 15 elements in each building using three major criteria:
- Green: the environmentally sustainable component of the building
- Safe: the safety and security of the building, its occupants, users, and its owners
- Productive: about comfort and enhancing productivity for users and owners
Recently, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) was named Saudi Arabia’s smartest building by Honeywell at its Smart Building Score Awards event held in Riyadh.
KAPSARC is as an independent, non-profit institution that focuses on research in energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment. It is a community development comprising a research center, community facilities, and single family residential buildings. The center’s construction employs a variety of sustainable building techniques and advanced technologies. In 2012, it became the first project outside North America to achieve LEED for Homes certification. The sustainable design emphasis for the KAPSARC Residential Community centers on regional issues including sustainable site planning, water and energy efficiency and conservation, native and adaptive landscape materials, protection from erosion and abrasion, and passive design.
“Saudi Arabia continues to make progress toward meeting its long-term sustainability and smart cities goals, and it will continue to do so in line with Saudi Vision 2030. Kapsarc is a fantastic example of voluntary leadership and smart building excellence in the kingdom,” remarked Norm Gilsdorf, the president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions.