Honeywell has announced the launch of Honeywell Forge for Buildings –‘a comprehensive approach to building systems operations and management that can be used at a single site or with an entire portfolio’.
The company explained: “Honeywell Forge for Buildings features software, hardware, and services that deliver on key outcomes to help building owners and operators achieve sustainability, operational efficiency, a positive occupant experience, compliance, safety and security, and resilience goals.”
Kevin Dehoff, President and CEO, Honeywell Connected Enterprise (pictured), said: “The field of building operations is evolving at a rapid pace as many customers work to digitalise their facilities. This means they need better integration and enablement capabilities of their smart building applications and solutions. We are integrating our purpose-built products that support multiple assets in a building with the SaaS capabilities of Honeywell Forge to create a singular approach to building operations. The goal is to make it simpler for our customers to address business-critical outcomes.”
One key ‘outcome’ building owners and operators are looking to address is sustainability. Included in the launch are ‘expanded capabilities’ of the Honeywell Forge Sustainability+ for Buildings Carbon and Energy Management application. Honeywell describes Carbon and Energy Management as ‘a ready-now, cloud-based application’ designed to help building owners and operators optimise IAQ, help reduce energy use, and support their carbon reduction goals. It said: “The Carbon and Energy Management Optimise package enables zone-specific optimisation of energy consumption and IAQ parameters based on real-time occupancy levels and space use. It uses sensor data and ML algorithms to continuously monitor and automatically adjust building controls at the zone level.”
The ‘vendor-agnostic solution’ connects to a building management system, and can work across many types of assets, such as HVAC and lighting operations, to help building owners continuously optimise operations and reduce energy consumption. It adjusts the setpoints in near real-time based on actual demand, occupancy, time, and weather, ‘to determine the optimal energy savings strategy without impacting the comfort of the building occupants’.