Sustainable makeover initiative attracts 368 buildings in UAE

There are 368 buildings cross the UAE that have signed up for the strategic energy management programme, Mabanina, which will provide innovative solutions to efficiently manage buildings. Being offered by Etisalat Facilities Management (EFM), in collaboration with Energy Management Services (EMS) International the programme was launched in October with a view to maximising energy efficiency, reducing water consumption and bringing down expenses related to building maintenance.

Mabanina, which means 'our buildings' in Arabic, will also provide building owners with the capital required for each approved project, which is repaid through a simple payback mechanism.

The programme is implemented in three distinct phases over a five-year contractual period. The opening phase involves a comprehensive audit of the building's water and energy consumption, as well as a review of its current facilities management status. This is followed by a retrofit of the building's utilities system in phase two, while phase three ensures ongoing delivery of facilities management services.

Joelle Khoury, Project Manager of Mabanina and Sales and Marketing Director at EFM, said: "Mabanina is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the UAE that merges two crucial functions to ensure the long-term sustainability of buildings - energy and water management as well as facilities management. Mabanina eliminates capital roadblocks for building owners, since EFM undertakes to shoulder the entire capital outlay related to the audit and the retrofit of the facilities.

"This frees building owners to ensure the sustainability of their properties, while reducing utility bills and without having to worry about capital expenditure. Mabanina's simple payback scheme is also convenient, as owners can compensate Etisalat Facilities Management from the savings they accrue on utility bills over a five-year period."



Source: Property Weekly PW


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