City in New Jersey embarks on smart buildings and efficiency project


The City of Newark, New Jersey has partnered with Honeywell to help improve energy efficiency and sustainable energy in the city.

The building infrastructure upgrades by Honeywell are expected to deliver significant savings in energy operations.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Philip Scott from the department of engineering announced that upgrades will be performed on 17 facilities, as part of the city’s Sustainability Action Plan. This, along with a $2.3 million rebate from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Programme, and a 20-year, $15.4 million energy savings service agreement are funding the project.

The upgrades are expected to cut Newark’s annual energy operating costs by over $1 million per year, or 36% once completed.

Plans include implementing three cogeneration plants to supply energy and heat for Newark’s City Hall complex and two other facilities in the city.

The plan also calls for the City Hall’s central boiler plant to be modernised with high-efficiency LED lighting, and heat loss reduction has been targeted.H also plans to install energy-efficient control solutions that incorporate the city’s HVAC, like room occupancy sensors, and multi-location control of building systems.

Plans also include reducing desktop computer electric power consumption throughout the city, and gas and electric submeters will help accurately measure and manage the city’s energy use.

 “We understand how important it is for cities to lead the movement for climate action, energy equity and cleaner air,” Mayor Baraka said. “This is why Newark is committed to doing our part by developing solutions, implementing programs, and working with partners like Honeywell.”