Farnek unveils remote energy audit system for owners and tenants

The remote system, introduced due to the current COVID-19 pandemic will measure energy usage and utility patterns

Nadia Ibrahim, head of consultancy at Farnek.
Nadia Ibrahim, head of consultancy at Farnek.

UAE-based technology and sustainability-driven facilities management (FM) company Farnek, will provide remote energy audit system — that will use virtual video tools and online data collection — for building owners and tenants to help improve energy performance and cut costs.

The remote system, which has been introduced due to the current COVID-19 pandemic will measure energy usage and utility patterns and provide recommendations to reduce the building’s energy consumption.

Speaking about the system, Nadia Ibrahim, head of consultancy at Farnek, said: “Essentially, a virtual energy audit is much like a traditional audit whereby we analyse the data and develop a list of recommendations that will deliver a reduction in utility consumption and associated cost savings.

“Identification of energy inefficiencies in commercial buildings has traditionally relied on physical audits whereby a team of trained auditors travel to a building to perform a series of tests with specialised equipment. A virtual energy audit will be cheaper and more efficient than its physical alternative, lowering the barrier for building owners to find out exactly how much energy they are wasting.”

The FM giant has developed two variations of the audit, which have been developed in line with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard auditing process.

The first is a virtual walk-through audit of the facility to benchmark water and electricity and compare consumption with similar facilities locally and globally. The audit also outlines monthly energy usage and parameters affecting the consumption, predicts future energy and water consumption, and defines consumption limits while also outlining conservation measures.

Meanwhile, the second detailed energy audit involves the same consumption assessment providing a detailed analysis of the performance of major equipment within the building as well as identifying ways to enhance operational efficiency and decrease maintenance costs and detailed energy conservation measures with simple payback calculations.

“We have developed these new systems to enable us to provide clients with the data required to make the best possible decisions to help reduce energy consumption. Going forward, this also negates the additional cost of a physical audit in buildings that maybe isolated or difficult to reach,” added Ibrahim.

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