Frustration at MEFMA energy group conference

Only 13 out of 50 surveys regarding energy in tall buildings returned

Sinead Bridgett, MEFMA
Sinead Bridgett, MEFMA
Guests at the MEFMA conference.
Guests at the MEFMA conference.
Facilities managers network at the MEFMA breakfast meeting.
Facilities managers network at the MEFMA breakfast meeting.
The MEFMA energy management in tall buildings focus group.
The MEFMA energy management in tall buildings focus group.

The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) has extended the deadline on a survey after a lacklustre response by members.

The organisation sent out 50 surveys to members in a bid to canvas the types of buildings their members are involved in managing. The organisation asked facilities managers to submit the type of building they manage, its location and what year the building was built.

It also includes questions about electrics, chilled water energy, LPG, BMS, swimming pools, sub metering systems for utilities and alternative forms of energy.

MMG business development manager Mehieddin El Kalach urged FMs to go onto the MEFMA website to complete the survey online and send it back to them. It has extended the deadline for completed surveys to be returned by one month.

“It is important for us to establish a framework of set guidelines to compare old and new buildings versus occupied and non occupied buildings. We sent out surveys to MEFMA members but only received 13 back and we are looking for more support,” he said.

“Time wise, we are restrained in terms of delivery. We believe we only got 13 surveys back because the developer doesn't have the information or it takes too long for facilities managers to put the details together.

“We tried to make the survey as simple as possible. But even the 13 surveys are not 100% complete and there is a lack of data on the owner/developer side. There seems to be some reluctance on their part. Maybe they don't have permission to print these details or they simply don’t have the figures to hand.”

El Kalach stressed the importance of the focus group and said if people did not return the surveys, they were missing a golden opportunity as Dubai has a good mixture of buildings with 11 floors or more for office and residential use.

 

 The next MEFMA conference is held at the Radisson Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on Sunday, January 30, from 9am-2pm. Sponsors of the recent event were Facility Cloud and RWN Trading.
 

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