Energy use high, says FM

According to research conducted by a Dubai-based facilities management company, five-star hotels in the city use up to 225% more energy than their counterparts in Europe, highlighting the need to adopt more sustainable construction methods in the country.

Farnek Avireal recently won the research and education prize at the Emirates Energy Awards.
Farnek Avireal recently won the research and education prize at the Emirates Energy Awards.

According to research conducted by a Dubai-based facilities management company, five-star hotels in the city use up to 225% more energy than their counterparts in Europe, highlighting the need to adopt more sustainable construction methods in the country.

Farnek Avireal's Dubai Hotel Energy Benchmarking project also received the education and research award in the first Emirates Energy Awards, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

Introducing the awards earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed said: "Dubai's energy intensity - the amount of energy used per capita - is among the highest in the world.

"Going forward, Dubai has to use energy more efficiently."

A total of 15 major five-star hotels in Dubai took part in the project for more than a year. Farnek Avireal monitored and analysed the energy consumption of the hotels and compared it with that of similar hotels in Europe. The survey revealed that hotels in Dubai on average used between 650 and 1,250 litres of water and consumed 275-325kW hours of power per square metre per guest.

By contrast, similar hotels in Germany used only 350 litres of water and 100kW hours per square metre - a 225% difference.

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