QGBC, MEFMA launch FM Interest Group in Qatar

Group marks first joint initiative between QGBC and MEFMA

Ali Al Suwaidi, MEFMA Board Member
Ali Al Suwaidi, MEFMA Board Member

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) have launched the Facilities Management Interest Group, an initiative that aims to promote, educate and empower facilities management experts in the area of sustainable practices.

The Facilities Management Interest Group, which was officially launched last week at the Intercontinental Doha, is the first joint initiative between QGBC and MEFMA, and has been created as a platform for professionals to meet, discuss and share best practices.

Besides driving changes via practical and innovative initiatives that are both affordable and sustainable, the group will also determine whether regulatory changes are needed for the facilities management industry in Qatar.

QGBC director, Eng. Meshal Al Shamari said: "QGBC's main goal is to raise awareness and understanding of sustainability and green buildings throughout Qatar. We will achieve this by establishing close ties with organisations already in the sustainability industry.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with MEFMA in order to maximise the utilisation of our joint resources, expertise and industry networks,” Al Shamari said. “Education, training and promotion of sustainable facilities management will form the basis for our future joint programs in Qatar and beyond.

Ali Al Suwaidi, board member, MEFMA, said: "We are pleased to enter into this agreement with QGBC as it brings us closer to realising a sustainable and greener future for us all.”

The group will be co-chaired by Richard Jowsey, head of operations, MMG Qatar, and his colleague Gavin Posnett. They are tasked with bringing together professionals from the built environment, including facilities management providers, construction and design specialists, to lobby for sustainable solutions to benefit the future growth of Qatar.

"I am hugely excited about the launch of the Facilities Management Interest Group," Jowsey said. "Facilities management is about delivering exceptional performance within boundaries that the organisation can afford.”

“With guidance from both MEFMA and QGBC, the group aims to introduce change through self-regulation, with the goal of promoting changes to policy and governance,” he said. “As a founding member of MEFMA, the group is something we wholeheartedly support and is a perfect union due to our long-standing association with QGBC.”

“I believe that this group will boost the industry in a positive way,” Joswey added. “Sustainable facilities management solutions are vital for growth, and we are very excited to be involved in promoting changes to policy that will help drive Qatar's success.”

The Facilities Management Interest Group will also be acting as a focus group for a dedicated research project that QGBC, in partnership with Texas A&M University, is undertaking with the aim of 'developing a standard for high performance buildings in Qatar'.

"Qatar continues to add to the built environment at an amazing pace. And therefore, this only adds to the demand placed on power and water infrastructure along with the existing buildings in Qatar," said John A. Bryant, Ph.D., P.E. from Texas A&M University and the lead principal investigator on the research project sponsored by the Qatar National Research Foundation.

"Questions arose about how buildings actually perform from an energy perspective,” Bryant explained. “Further questions led us to the operations of these buildings and the effect that facility managers have on the energy performance on their buildings."

While the first phase of the project will examine various buildings to determine the gap between actual energy performance and design expectations, the next step will see project members interview facilities management directors and operators in order to identify their contribution as one component in the total energy performance of buildings.


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