Honeywell last month launched its Healthy Building Services program, designed to help building owners and operators track and improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ), improve overall building health and occupant well-being, and gain industry recognition for their efforts.
Backed by assessments and certification systems from third-party organizations, the company said the new program enables owners and operators to assess building performance, take steps to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), and assure their efforts have made a difference.
As noted by Honeywell, IEQ refers to the operations of a space to make it healthier, comfortable and energy efficient, including factors such as IAQ, lighting and thermal conditions, among others. As a critical element of IEQ, air quality can impact occupant well-being and productivity, energy efficiency and real estate value.
As noted by Manish Sharma, vice president and general manager of Sustainable Buildings, Honeywell:
“The importance of improving indoor air quality won’t go away as the pandemic subsides. As more workers return to offices on a full-time or hybrid schedule, they are wanting reassurances from their employers that their well-being is being prioritized. We’re working to give building owners greater confidence in their building health data, more affordable ways to make improvements with ready now solutions, and an opportunity to take credit for the work they’ve done to make their buildings healthier.”
Honeywell saod ot Healthy Buildings Services program will allow building owners to:
- Gain unbiased assessments from third-party organizations: Independent, third-party IEQ assessments with UL Solutions, aligned with the scope requirements of its UL Verified Healthy Building program as well as DNA-tracer based IAQ performance verification with SafeTraces provide a clear, unbiased perspective on the improvements required to improve overall building health.
- Take action to visualize, optimize and control IAQ: The program offers monitoring, analysis and improvement of IAQ performance supported by maintenance support and calibrations, allowing companies to address IAQ upgrades as operating expenses instead of capital outlays.
- Evaluate progress and assure quality of efforts: Honeywell’s WELL-Accredited Professionals (WELL APs) evaluate 500+ evidence-based interventions as a part of the WELL standard throughout a building and recommend WELL strategies to help building owners and operators achieve WELL Certification or WELL ratings from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Honeywell is one of the first building technologies companies that hold the WELL Enterprise Provider (WELL EP) designation, enabling it to provide this service to its customers.
Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO of IWBI, noted:
“Honeywell’s designation as a WELL Enterprise Provider allows it to work closely and more efficiently with IWBI to deliver the many benefits of WELL strategies across real estate portfolios and entire organizations, further helping to improve and enhance people’s well-being at scale."
Additionally, Honeywell notes that the Healthy Building Services program supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air in Buildings Checklist, which recommends steps to improve IAQ to make the air we breathe in buildings a priority.
Finally, the Healthy Buildings Services program is part of Honeywell Buildings Sustainability Manager powered by Honeywell Forge, a ready now autonomous controls platform with a suite of applications that help building owners and operators meet two pressing needs – optimizing indoor air quality and reducing the environmental impact of buildings – with the aim of enabling customers to improve or meet their carbon reduction goals.
Overall, Honeywell contends that its advanced service portfolio can help improve occupant well-being, meet energy efficiency goals and, importantly, change the way occupants experience a building.