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General Session Recap

HUG is a conference of, by and for Honeywell customers and associates, almost 400 this year. And it’s always interesting to hear from such an array of skilled technicians and thought leaders. The depth of knowledge and insight was on display during Tuesday’s opening session. Here’s a recap of the conversation from several notable organizations:
Taking the LEED
Gautami Palanki from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) provided an overview of the organization and its charter. She likened LEED to a fitness regimen and the LEED reference guides, which have continued to evolve, as exercise manuals. Like the human body, she encouraged attendees to think of their building beyond energy use – to consider water efficiency, waste, and indoor occupant comfort and health.


Palanki also highlighted the development of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, an electronic building performance monitoring and scoring tool. The plaque measures performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience, and generates a current score (out of 100), which is updated when new building data is available. (When the plaque is integrated with Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator, that’s near real time.) The device can then be displayed to building professionals and users so they understand how they can impact the overall score.

“The LEED Dynamic Plaque continues to remind building management professionals and users alike that it is more than a one-time certification or tune up for a building,” Palanki said. “LEED is an on-going engagement process. We need to work together to make sure our buildings are working well.”
The USGBC currently has 65,000 LEED-certified projects globally, with 50 percent located outside the U.S.
Putting Command & Control to the Test

For the past year, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and DPR Construction have been testing Command Wall, part of Honeywell’s Command and Control Suite, and putting the technology to real-world use. This testing, which is a vital component of Honeywell’s development process, provides valuable feedback so the technology solves real challenges and delivers real value.
Dan Schuh from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Ted van der Linden from DPR Construction shared their experience with the interactive display. Schuh discussed the process of working with Honeywell engineers to tailor the Command Wall to his specific needs and data requirements. This included creating custom dashboards to display energy use data in an easy-to-understand fashion.
“I’m old school, so I’d rather see analog gauges than graphs in my dashboards,” Schuh said. “Working with Honeywell, we can get the data displayed in the way that we want.”   
For DPR Construction’s van der Linden, the opportunity to trial the suite builds on the company’s efforts to turn its San Francisco office into a net-zero energy facility. The testing process also complements DPR’s philosophy of using its office as a “living lab” – a space to experiment with technologies that can benefit the firm’s customers.
“When it comes to the green building space, we want to be the smartest guys in the room regarding the opportunities available for our clients,” van der Linden said