RETROFIT – The Cornerstone of sustainable buildings
Facility management plays a key role in ensuring that existing buildings are able to meet modern sustainability standards, but it needs support of the industry players.
Jason Ruehland, Managing Director of Emrill talks about Retrofitting in UAE in the recent issue of FM Insight magazine.
"In the last year, energy costs in Dubai have risen by 40% to 21fils/kWh. This will continue to increase as the Government looks to streamline its energy subsidy policy and reduce electricity consumption. The majority of the building stock is now 10-15 years old and operated with inefficient equipment and no building management systems. Some buildings are wasting millions of dirhams in electricity every year, and this is due to the lack of cash reserves (sinking funds) to invest in retrofits and know-how to make their buildings more efficient without compromising building environment and air quality.
Emrill is one of the first government certified companies to carry out energy services and our approach is fairly simple, we provide a detailed energy survey that outlines the savings that can be achieved which amount to approximately 25-35%. We detail the retrofit work that needs to be carried out for that particular building or complex. Our clients then have two choices, we can fund the full retrofit and use some of the energy savings to pay off the retrofit costs or on the other hand, they can fund the retrofit themselves and retain a large share of the savings. Generally, 90% of our clients opt for us to fund the retrofit.” Jason Ruehland, Managing Director