Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will present the importance of smart buildings in helping India achieve its goal of creating smart cities – cities that are highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, integrated communications and technology, energy management and governance – at the 12th India Green Building Congress 2014 (IGBC). Dennis Kelsey, director, Building Technology & Services, Asia, Johnson Controls, will share how smart buildings are vital to supporting the government’s ‘100 smart cities’ project announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in July.
The IGBC event, held in Hyderabad from 4 to 6 September 2014, focuses on advancing India’s green building movement. According to a UN forecast, 66 per cent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, and India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers. Approximately 500 new cities will need to be built across the country to accommodate the influx of new urban migrants.
“With the rise in rural-urban migration, the need for smarter cities to overcome the load on urban land is a must,” says Kelsey. “Keeping in view the Indian government’s plans for smart cities, it is vital for India to make investments in smart buildings today, in order for them to achieve this goal.”
“Smart buildings deliver integrated lighting, improved comfort and air quality, greater physical security, and better sanitation at the lowest cost and with less environmental impact over a building’s lifecycle. This enables businesses and occupants to achieve better performance in sustainability, productivity and energy efficiency,” said Kelsey.
Today, technology is available to make buildings smart, but to realize the full potential of smart buildings, integrating building systems that communicate to improve operations is key. Johnson Controls offers a solution, Technology Contracting, which converges individual systems into a single networking solution. Design decisions are made before any major building construction begins, supporting owners’ building and business objectives. This trend, currently popular in North America, is now gradually moving to Asia, observes Kelsey.
For nearly 130 years, Johnson Controls has been delivering products, services and solutions with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and lowering operating costs in buildings. As a leading smart green building provider, the Fortune 100 company possesses the capabilities to deliver smart building solutions that include design, integration and management of multiple systems under various vendors, contracts and proprietary protocols. Examples include Ave Maria University in the United States and Shanghai World Financial Center in China.
“Johnson Controls has the global expertise in facilitating smart buildings, and our subject matter experts can help India accelerate its transformation to a smart future,” concluded Kelsey.