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Honeywell: Mosques should use smart thermostat

Mosques often have large open spaces and with prayers taking place five times a day, the ability to provide an energy efficient environment has distinct energy saving implications

Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques was piloted at the Al Tawba Mosque, Sharjah.
Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques was piloted at the Al Tawba Mosque, Sharjah.

Honeywell announced the results of a first-of-a-kind thermostat pilot program in Sharjah, that indicates mosques in the Middle East have the potential to cut their energy consumption by a significant amount through the use of smart thermostats.

The announcement comes at a time when sustainability is a national priority for many Middle Eastern states.

Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques, designed with an auto-azan feature that uses location coordinates to calculate prayer times and automatically adjust temperatures, was piloted at the Al Tawba Mosque, Sharjah, over a period of six months between August 2015 and January 2016.

The results demonstrated year-over-year energy savings of 37%, equating to 778kW in reduced energy consumption.

The findings have been endorsed by the Sharjah government’s Department of Islamic Affairs, which oversees mosques in the emirate.

Honeywell’s VisionPRO 8000 thermostat for mosques, which was launched in August 2015, was designed to supports energy conservation initiatives as well as sustainable development ambitions across the region.

Mosques often have large open spaces and with prayers taking place five times a day, the ability to provide a comfortable, yet energy efficient environment has distinct energy saving implications. With tens of thousands of mosques across the Middle East, Honeywell’s technology has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption while maintaining optimal comfort for worshippers during prayer times.

“In line with our commitment to making the region’s buildings smarter, greener, safer and more productive, we’re very pleased to see energy savings being achieved as a result of our trial in the UAE,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions. “The mosque thermostat is a clear result of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers in the Middle East with energy-efficient and locally relevant solutions. With this unique product, mosques in the region can be made more comfortable when required, while also providing an intuitive and sustainable solution for mosque caretakers during off-peak times.”

Dilip Sinha, general manager for Honeywell Environmental and Energy Solutions in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), said: “This product is an example of how Honeywell works to develop and adapt technology to serve the needs of its customers. In this case we designed the auto-azan feature to enhance existing Honeywell programmable thermostat technology to meet the cultural needs of the region and to help support the Middle East’s sustainable development plans.”

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