Buildings and cities
It’s important that buildings are functional and comfortable for the people who occupy them, as well as the environment. People who spend their workdays in buildings, whether it’s a hospital, school, airport or another indoor setting, are expressing concerns about the building’s indoor air quality and carbon emissions, based on findings from Honeywell’s third-annual Healthy Buildings Survey.
Many buildings are adopting smart technologies to monitor and manage buildings’ energy usage. For example, building software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to drive efficiency, resiliency and accountability, can help building owners and operators better support occupant well-being by reducing the building’s environmental impact and optimizing indoor air quality.
Predictive maintenance is another technology being used to help buildings and cities run more efficiently. By using sensors and data analytics, building managers can identify and address maintenance needs before they become major issues. This can reduce downtime and maintenance costs, while also improving energy efficiency. For critical infrastructure, such as data centers, software providing managers and owners with better visibility into asset health, worker productivity, operational expenses and sustainability data is crucial to avoid preventable outages.
Smarter cities are more resilient cities, and energy storage is one of many advancements that will be critical in helping cities and communities prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies that may cause power outages. Energy storage technologies enable the capture and storage of excess energy generated by renewable sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines – resulting in a reliable supply of electricity.