Video: AESG's Saeed Al Abbar on early operator involvement
“Developers that have felt the pain” of poorly operating facilities are now engaging with professionals to improve building life cycles in the UAE
Select developers in the UAE are engaging with specialist firms to bridge the gap between a development's construction and operation stages, Saeed Al Abbar, director of AESG, told ConstructionWeekOnline.
In an exclusive video interview, Al Abbar said developers now appear to be more conscious about efficiently managing critical project components, such as building management systems (BMS).
He continued: "We're definitely seeing a lot of developers [...] that have felt the pain from buildings not operating well really wanting to engage professional firms to address that."
Responding to ConstructionWeekOnline's query about early operator involvement in building projects, Al Abbar added: "In the last three to four years specifically, we've seen developers – particularly those that have had a number of experiences on [their] projects – looking to engage firms like ours to have an ongoing role in recommissioning.
"I see developers engaging with us [early in the building's life cycle], and for five- to 10-year old building systems that [may] need to be re-looked at."
AESG was established in 2010 and offers services across five core departments, namely sustainability, environment, fire and facades, energy, and commissioning.
Scroll down to watch the third of ConstructionWeekOnline's five-part interview series with Al Abbar.