Cofely Besix FM boosts energy management credentials

CBFM receives ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification at Masdar City

CBFM was initially awarded the three-year facilities management contract for Masdar City in January 2017.
CBFM was initially awarded the three-year facilities management contract for Masdar City in January 2017.

Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM) has been awarded the ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System (EnMS) certification for the provision of facilities management (FM) services at Masdar City.

The EnMS framework ensures energy management activities are carried out in a systematic manner to improve energy performance.

Objectives and targets are regularly set and reviewed to drive year on year energy performance improvement for Masdar City.

CBFM operations manager Bart Holsters said: “We have chosen to integrate the EnMS into our CAFM system to assure ourselves of a standardised use, management and monitoring of utility consumptions and carbon emissions.”

“Moreover, this integration with our CAFM platform enables us to manage, share and benchmark energy conservation measures (ECMs) in a centralised manner which, in turn empowers knowledge sharing across our organization,” Holsters added.

The EnMS includes the understanding of the premises efficiency and benchmarking, and setting objectives and targets to improve energy performance.

Annual energy audits are carried out, and all employees receive energy management awareness training to ensure consistency throughout the company.

“Implementing and obtaining the ISO50001 certification for our developed EnMS was a very important step within Cofely Besix FM’s overall sustainability programme,” Holsters said.

“In partnership with Masdar City, we have proven that an energy management system a client might already have in place can be shaped easily into a standardized ISO50001 EnMS model. Ultimately our goal is to make sure energy efficiency becomes a mandatory target, whilst preserving our precious environment,” concluded Holsters.

CBFM was initially awarded the three-year facilities management contract for Masdar City in January 2017.

The scope of services includes full hard, soft and civil facility management services including operations and maintenance of electrical systems, HVAC and ventilation systems, potable water, fire detection systems, life-safety critical systems, elevators, BMS, low voltage systems and civil infrastructure work.

“We regard energy consumption as a business cost, like all other business costs,” explained Andre Mars, Quality Health Safety & Environment Manager of Cofely Besix Facility Management.

CBFM quality health safety and environment manager Andre Mars said that the benefits of being certified to ISO 50001 standards, will not only yield benefits in terms of cost reduction for the business, “but it also generate additional gains for our clients through energy savings, as we continually monitor their energy consumption and resolve anomalies that may cause energy waste”.

Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities, with a clean-tech cluster, business freezone and residential neighbourhood containing one of the largest groups of low-carbon buildings in the world.

Currently, more than 176,000 m2 of completed buildings are fully leased and occupied, while a further 740,000 m2 of projects at Masdar City have development agreements in place, including schools, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants and private homes.

Companies and organisations such as International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Siemens, GE, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Schneider Electric are located in the freezone.

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