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‘Green Buildings’ can boost UAE’s real estate sector

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, January 19 - 2010 @ 16:58

The company’s flagship Metasys building management system that embodies its core competencies and high standards of technical innovation can provide customers in the UAE and across the region with a set of comprehensive tools to improve building efficiency, maximize cost savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a report published by the US Green Buildings Council, a green building on an average saves 70% electricity, 50 to 60% of water and 36% of energy in the US as compared to standard buildings. With the recent economic downturn, building owners are more interested in making their facilities more energy efficient to save money and decrease operating costs.

“We can help businesses reduce energy and utility consumption and the associated costs between 15% and 50%. With the help of Johnson Controls technology – developers and other organizations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the GCC in general, can get a clear and accurate picture of their facilities that are running over or under budget whether it is for a new or an existing building. End users can identify energy intensive applications and the amounts being spent on repairs and maintenance building by building on a real time basis. They can also see where they have opportunities to reduce costs and be more profitable,”

said Iain A. Campbell, Vice President & General Manager, Global Energy & WorkPlace Solutions, Johnson Controls Inc.

“Although concerns are sometimes voiced about the initial cost of green projects, the financial benefits are remarkable in the long run. We’ve learnt the best practices for developing and managing green projects. We are sharing these lessons with our partners and our customers globally helping them benefit from the experience that we have gathered over years, added Campbell.

Founded in 1885, Johnson Controls is ranked 58th on the Fortune 500 list, the company has grown exponentially, achieving over $38bn revenue in 2008. The company has over 140,000 employees serving customers in over 170 countries.
“The integration of the building systems and the information technology infrastructure into one intelligent network is an important part of our strategy for sustainability,” said Magdy Mekky, Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East for Johnson Controls.

“Johnson Controls has addressed most challenges of real-world integration and enterprise connectivity, allowing building owners and managers to control cost and energy consumption. Thus, from a green building and energy management perspective, Johnson Controls technology enables a more efficient real estate portfolio management with the benefits of optimum cost savings, process improvements, and improved occupant comfort. Also, in most countries there are financial incentives to retrofitting or building using ‘green’ principles that business owners should take advantage of. Or soon legislation will force the issue.”

“Under our performance contract with the Empire State Building in US we are delivering cutting edge technologies including Metasys building management system with Sustainability ManagerTM, which will provide tenants with an online dashboard to help them track and manage their energy usage; high efficiency YORK Chillers, variable frequency drive air handling equipment, radiator insulation upgrade and an extensive onsite window refurbishment. The energy conservation solutions offered by Johnson Controls pay back for themselves in the short to medium term. In the case of the Empire State Building, with an initial estimated project cost of $20m, the building will save over $4.4m per year in energy costs alone. Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by more than 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.” said Clay Nesler, Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability Johnson Controls, Inc.

“As you strive to operate a more sustainable enterprise, timely access to data from multiple sites and sources is critical. At both the enterprise and facility level, you’re dealing with volatile energy rates, increasing labor costs, maintenance problems and complex compliance issues. On top of that, global enterprises are tasked with tracking and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We can help businesses in the GCC reduce their global warming footprint,” added Clay.

Johnson Controls also offers a complete line of integrated controllers and equipment for lighting, fire and life safety, physical security, and heating, ventilation and high efficiency YORK air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. A unified approach to encompass HVAC, lighting and access controllers enables facilities to integrate and easily adapt to ever changing operational scenarios, as well as add third party vendor systems.

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