World FM Congress to discuss need for retrofits

World FM Congress will take place in Dubai on 19 May, 2014

A scene from the World FM Congress in 2012
A scene from the World FM Congress in 2012

With facilities management estimated to contribute to more than 80% of the property and project value over the predicted 25-year lifecycle of a building in the GCC region, the upcoming third edition of the World FM Congress at FM EXPO 2014 will seek to engage industry stakeholders in assessing top-line issues to FM in the region and beyond.

"Policy makers and corporate players worldwide are quickly realizing the importance of efficient infrastructure and building management,” said Jaafar Shubber, senior project manager, FM EXPO 2014. “Over the last decade, FM has developed faster than any other discipline in the construction sector, providing a tremendous opportunity for adding value to property assets.”

One of the topics under discussion at this year’s instalment of the World FM Congress will be the ageing building stock in the UAE. Current statistics revealed that 70% of the UAE’s annual energy consumption is attributed to its built environment, placing building management as a priority for energy reasons alone.

“As buildings age, efficiency and refurbishment of existing buildings is a critical area, and so best practices from other parts of the world together with local knowledge will be the key in keeping Dubai at the forefront of the built environment as in many other fields,” said Furqan Mian, director of hard FM and corporate FM, Emaar Properties.

Other topics that will be addressed at the congress include the importance of integrating FM at the design stage and how FM companies can transition from being service providers to becoming business partners.

The World FM Congress will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 19 May 2014.


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