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Friday, 23 February

Two Green Apples A Day

Acorn Engineering Group and AIS BMS were both presented with Green Apple awards on Monday November 6 at a ceremony hosted in the Houses of Parliament.

The presentation ceremony was hosted by Roger Wolens, the Green Apple founder and organiser and the trophies were presented by Alderman Michael Cooke, in recognition of the 20 years that he has spent as Master of Ceremonies for the Green Apple Environment Awards.

Acorn Engineering Group were presented with the Green Champion Winner of the Services Industry Carbon Reduction category. The award was received for their Carbon Reduction project which aims to reduce carbon annually by at least 5%.

Acorn was also chosen as a category champion amongst the other winners on the night, including JLL, Savills, CBRE, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Johnson Mathey and Bywaters.

AIS BMS walked away with a Silver Winner Green Apple award for the Services Industry Energy Management category. The submission focused on Project Dashwood House, the joint project with NG Bailey. The project was based around a ground breaking energy reduction pilot scheme across six London buildings owned by Land Securities.

 

Imdaad study finds adoption of smart solutions to spur facilities management growth in UAE

A recently conducted study by Imdaad, a Dubai-based group of companies that provides integrated, sustainable facilities management services, has found that adoption of new technologies and smart building solutions and convergence of energy management services will mainly drive the growth of the facility management business over the next three years in the UAE.

Even though the FM sector in the UAE is in the early stages of evolution, a number of factors including technological innovations, rising environmental awareness, increasing cost as well as various initiatives by local and federal governments have boosted the demand for integrated solutions and forced service providers in the country to diversify their offerings.

The study, entitled 'High Level Overview of the UAE Facilities Management Market,' projects that advanced big data analytics will transform the FM business, as the analysis of data through remote monitoring of buildings is gaining popularity in the UAE. The insights from the analytics help facilities managers manage and maintain various equipment and systems in a building, providing cost-effective and a more productive work environment for their customers.

The research also highlights that energy management has now evolved into a full-fledged service in the country to become a part of the integrated FM services. Customised energy contracting packages the FM firms and Energy Services Companies provide, include energy consulting, energy savings services, energy procurement and generation.

“The findings of our study suggest that the sector is headed for a quantum leap driven by the private sector. Service evolution, technology innovation and new value propositions are expected to have effects in the market. Big data is transforming all the industries and sectors and FM is no exception. The FM service providers in the UAE can build on their capabilities to capitalize on the huge potential in energy consulting and savings portfolios, which include auditing, energy strategy planning, data collection, analysis and monitoring and upgrading of building controls and retrofits,” said Jamal Abdulla Lootah, Group CEO of Imdaad.

“The launch of the smart building index last year, which is in line with the UAE Energy Plan for 2050 that stipulates increasing the contribution of clean energy in its total energy mix to 50% by 2050 and the push for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green buildings are significantly contributing to the new trend. Hence, it is imperative for FM companies to build their capabilities in order to achieve more energy savings,” Lootah added.

Picture: Jamal Abdulla Lootah Group CEO Imdaad

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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