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Honeywell Expertise, Technology Provide "Smarts" for New UBC Research Facility - One of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World
for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Will Serve as Home
and Test Bed for Innovation in Green Practices, Products and Policies
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 3, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today celebrated the grand opening of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a living laboratory for researchers to teach, test and study the long-term impact of sustainable practices and technologies. Featuring advanced building controls, sensing technology and management software from Honeywell, CIRS will serve as a leading academic hub to test and advance sustainable technologies before broader implementation, and operate as a center for green building policymakers to establish future standards.
UBC selected Honeywell as its technology provider at the outset of the planning process, and Honeywell engineers provided guidance on how to network and integrate the building systems that help manage the facility.
UBC and Honeywell also worked to ensure CIRS is one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The research facility was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification standards, the industry’s most advanced green building benchmarks.
university’s objective is to influence local, national and global
communities to become more sustainable,” said Dr. John Robinson,
executive director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. “From the
start, Honeywell and our other Strategic Alliance Partners were
dedicated to building a landmark research centre that will impact the
direction of eco-friendly products and strategies. The result exceeded
our expectations and is a boon for UBC, and the companies and
policymakers who have dedicated themselves to building a more
installed heating and cooling, fire alarm and security technology in
the building, and is using its Enterprise Building Integrator (EBI) to
tie these and more than 80 other third-party systems into a single
interface that will help the university operate the centre more
efficiently and cost effectively, and provide a robust platform for
faculty and students studying the impact of various green technologies
“Research facilities like CIRS are not only going to change how buildings are constructed, controlled and maintained, but they will produce the next generation of employees for Honeywell and the rest of the industry,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “So we’re honored to partner with UBC, and support its mission to be the world’s premier academic hub for advancing sustainable technologies and public policies.”
CIRS will utilize the latest comfort, safety and security technology
from Honeywell, including ComfortPoint heating, ventilation and air
conditioning controls, XLS3000 fire alarm controls and the Digital
Video Manager surveillance system.
EBI, a facility management platform that reduces operating costs by
integrating building technologies across a common IT backbone, will
manage the systems, and aggregate and report performance data.
Researchers will use these metrics to examine how people interact with
the technology to optimize the use of energy and other resources. EBI
will also tie various third-party systems — such as lighting, utility
metering and rainwater collection — into the platform to provide a
comprehensive view and control of all operations, which will aid
researchers as well.
In addition, Honeywell will help UBC display details on the building’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on the CIRS website and a customized dashboard inside the centre. And students and faculty who occupy the facility can also access a Web portal to adjust temperature and lighting conditions in their individual offices and labs.
a Strategic Alliance Partner, the company has also committed to
supporting the facility and UBC’s research efforts over the next five
years. This will include ongoing product development, as well as
collaborating with the university to test new building technology.
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, and provides water for inhabitants with rainwater treated onsite.
CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainability issues, including green building design and operations, environmental policy and community engagement. Researchers will study users’ interactions with the facility to improve building performance, maximize the happiness, health and productivity of its inhabitants and advance best green building practices at UBC and abroad.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com. Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Building Solutions: www.honeywell.com/buildingsolutions.
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