Top building technology trends for 2023 according to Honeywell

by Liv Croagh
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Honeywell has released the predictions for emerging trends in building operations and technologies for 2023 and beyond. 

The predictions

The acceleration of ‘Electrify Everything’ movement 

Across the US, new natural gas hookups were prohibited, with major cities considering pro-electric legislation. This has begun because a building that burns gas or oil to produce heat or hot water is unlikely to meet carbon reduction goals. To help advance the replacement of fossil-fuel burning HVACs and water heaters, the Inflation Reduction Act includes a $250 million investment for the domestic manufacturing of electric heat pumps for both commercial and residential use. 

“An all-electric building requires not just a viable sustainability plan but also a smart controls strategy, which starts with establishing realistic baselines of current energy performance and taking a hard look at existing infrastructure including supply and demand side power,” says Udaya Shrivastava, vice president and chief technology officer, Honeywell. “It also requires creative thinking, investment in ready now technologies and a holistic effort across the organisation.” 

Cybersecurity embedded and integrated into digital innovation

Cyberattacks have increased, not just in frequency but in sophistication. Advanced AI/ML enabled security will become foundational to the design of digitalised building technology systems. However, there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, which will remain a challenge.

Dynamically responsive buildings become possible

Traditionally, building controls have used setpoints that operate on the assumption that every space is 100 percent occupied. This is no longer true, due to the uptick of hybrid workforce. The 2022 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction found that the building and construction sector accounted for 34 percent of energy demand and 37 percent of energy and process-related CO2 emissions in 2021. 

Cities will look to build energy resilience into operational plans

Extreme climate and weather events are set to occur more frequently. As such, energy resilience will continue to gain attention. Cities and communities will need solutions that help better respond to power outages, especially where it affects critical infrastructure such as hospitals and traffic control systems. Microgrids and battery energy storage systems that leverage real-time, adaptive control strategies will help cities continue to provide essential services in the wake of disasters.


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