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Estidama likely to boost MEP consultants' fees

MEP consultants need to account for new Estidama requirements in fees.

Ramboll Middle East associate director: building services Louise Collins.
Ramboll Middle East associate director: building services Louise Collins.

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Abu Dhabi’s regulation that all new build have a minimum One Pearl Estidama rating from 1 September is likely to lead to an increase in consultants’ fees.

Ramboll associate director: building services Louise Collins notes that an immediate consequence of the implementation of the new standard is “it will impact on our fees,” as projects are likely to require more detailed modelling in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Collins says Ramboll is adopting the initial approach of highlighting this as a separate component of its total fee structure, as “other MEP consultancies bidding for the same job often have not allowed for it. Eventually it will become a standard fee, but at the moment we have to educate clients.”

Estidama “is probably one of the biggest drivers in the region at the moment,” says Ramboll director: sustainability and renewables Heath Andersen. This is because Abu Dhabi has invested considerable effort and resources into ensuring that this green standard is both region-specific and forward-thinking enough to promote sustainability.

“It improves on LEED in many ways, which was compiled originally over 20 years ago in the US. What is note worthy about Estidama is that it represents the evolution of industry standards like LEED. It pushes the boundaries of the region’s construction industry as well as raising minimum standards. The One Pearl minimum requirement will go a long way to making everyone a little more energy-efficient,” says Andersen.

Read the full interview with Louise Collins and Heath Andersen in the October issue of MEP Middle East.

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