07 December 2015Government validates Farnek's capabilities to conduct energy audits for public and private buildings
Leading UAE-based total facilities management company Farnek, has been granted full three-year accreditation as an approved energy auditor by Dubai's Regulatory Supervisory Bureau (RSB).
The sustainability-focused company is now one of the Dubai Energy Auditor Accreditation Scheme's approved firms, which in effect validates Farnek's market leading position as a sustainability expert, and in many ways a pioneer in carrying out energy audits on public and private buildings throughout the UAE.
"We strongly believe benchmarking and energy audits are the most efficient ways to understand how a property can reduce efficiently its impact on the environment. Investing in energy efficiency provides financial returns, typically pay-back periods vary from 6 months to 2 years for modest investments and 7-8 years for higher Capex investments, " said Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
"Having Dubai Government approval differentiates us from other auditing companies and is a clear endorsement of Farnek's capabilities and our enviable reputation, which is synonymous with sustainability," he added.
To qualify for accreditation, the RSB assesses and evaluates applications to determine whether companies have the necessary experience and their staff suitably qualified. The accreditation scheme was introduced to develop and administer regulatory frameworks to encourage greater energy efficiency in buildings and set a minimum quality threshold for energy auditors, which would harmonize building energy performance and history.
With a team of consultants with CEM, CMVP and other valuable diplomas and years of experience in energy efficiency not only for existing buildings, but also Green Buildings, Farnek delivers energy recommendations using the latest technical codes, skills and solutions for hotels, malls, residential buildings, staff accommodation and office buildings.
"We also supported one Dubai school's ambition to become carbon neutral and made it a reality," added Oberlin.
The accreditation further enhances Farnek's alignment with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 the directive to improve energy efficiency by 30% for 30,000 buildings within Dubai, through secure energy supply & efficient energy use while meeting environmental and sustainability objectives.
"We will take our accreditation and competence to the next level by working towards Energy Services Company (ESCO) accreditation, which will mean approval from the RSB to undertake any kind of energy performance contracting work," said Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek.
"We already carry out sourcing and installation work and we have been auditing and offering advice about potential cost savings for the past seven years. For us strong advisory is essential, going beyond the 'maintenance' aspect by integrating the financial benefits of energy efficiency with an environmentally responsible business operation," she added.
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