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Happy anniversary facilities management Middle East!

COMMENT, Facilities Management

Happy anniversary facilities management Middle East! It's been one year since we launched the magazine and I didn't quite realise how much could happen in that time.

The hot topic this month is green buildings. As the UAE embarks on the path to sustainability and all things green, facilities management Middle East decided to take a look at the some of the effort it takes to make a green building.

Currently, the number of buildings under construction or planned in the region, far outweigh the number of existing buildings. With this in mind, the UAE has the opportunity to create the ‘emerald emirates' and show the international business community it is committed to green and sustainable design and construction.

 

However, the driving force has to be the developer. With no regional research available to justify the cost of going green, people pioneering the green movement will have to work that little bit harder to educate the region's developers.

With debate livening up over whether a green building actually costs more from the outset, some facts and figures from the industry would certainly help developers considering going green make their minds up.

Some hope lies with Pacific Controls decision to publish a whitepaper on its platinum rated building. This is a welcome move applauded by the industry, but Sadek Owainati, founder and chairman of the board and council, Emirates Green Building Council, says that more needs to be done.

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage specialists, companies who are in the field and have the capabilities in terms of research and case studies, to publicise information. It is in the interest of the whole green movement," he says.

While we were busy ‘getting green', it became apparent that some new legislation set to rock the facilities management industry was about to break.

The new Strata Law derives from Australian roots and will enforce regulation into an industry that has been battling to educate the region's booming construction market.

In simple terms, the law forces building owners to employ a strata manager who will operate and manage the common areas of a building/development. If like me, you initially think it's another name for an FM, you're wrong.

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