Operational Efficiency Dubai, UAE

Operational Efficiency Services

Designing a sustainable project is one thing. Making sure it lives up to your energy and cost saving goals is another. At Alpin, our operational efficiency team has one important objective in mind – to ensure your project never underperforms.

Operational Efficiency in Dubai, UAE

Operational Efficiency

All businesses aspire to maximize efficiency, and responsibility for this falls to the company facility manager. Operational efficiency has a lot to do with managing the resources of the facility, whether water, electricity, time, or money, in a way that reduces waste and maximizes output. There are a few ways to go about this, varying by facility type, but the end goal remains the same for all.

Properly maintaining facility systems and equipment goes a long way to increasing overall efficiency; clean and well-maintained equipment just runs better. Preventative maintenance is best practice when it comes to execution, because regular small fixes are more cost-effective than large repairs at an inconvenient time. Moreover, equipment breakdown usually leads to downtime, which is the absolute bane of operational efficiency.

Cutting down on wasteful use of electricity and other utilities is also a major boon to efficiency. This can be achieved a number of ways, but one of the best is through appliances that are designed to be “green,” or do the same work with less energy. These might include motion-controlled light switches, sinks, and other such pieces of equipment. Don’t forget to change behaviour, too; get in the habit of turning off lights when they’re not needed, use an office dishwasher instead of hand washing, etc.

Maximum efficiency is the goal of every facility manager, but it’s easier to achieve than one might think.

Value Engineering:

The roots of an efficient building are laid out during the planning stage. It is crucial to have a Project Management Consultant (PMC) on board during the initial planning stage. The PMC will make modification to the designs and systems (called value engineering) from an end usage and facility management point of view, in a cost effective manner. This exercise will contribute in making the building more durable.

Equipment Maintenance:

A major component of common area maintenance (CAM) charges is the AMC costs for equipment in the building like – Elevators, HVAC Systems, Plumbing Systems, DG Sets, Alarm Systems and Sewage Treatment Plants (STP). To keep these costs low, one should lock in an annual maintenance contract (AMC) with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) during the Defects Liability Period (DLP) of the equipment. This ensures longevity & durability of the equipment as well as continuous maintenance from a service provider, who knows the equipment better than any other third party contractor.

Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM):

An Integrated facility management team usually operates a PPM schedule, which ensures that there is periodic maintenance of equipment, resulting in durability and optimal running of the systems. This also impacts maintenance costs, as any unexpected breakdown of equipment is prevented or efficiently managed. PPM schedules also keep the AMC service providers on their toes as they are aware that an internal team is continuously observing and auditing the service frequencies and operational efficiencies of the equipment.

Technology:

A professional facility management team will typically institute processes & technology to measure service levels of each team (security, MEP, housekeeping,) working at the property, thereby improving efficiency & productivity.  Technology is often used to reduce dependence on manpower, especially in elevators and parking lots through the use of Biometric Systems, Perimeter Protection & RFID Card readers. Devices contribute in a big way to track movement of people and vehicles on the premises as well as reduce the cost burden.

Audits:

The first step in ascertaining the efficiency of a building is to conduct an energy audit. Energy auditors use specialized tools and skills to evaluate your building’s electrical systems and circuits and recommend the simple and cost-effective measures to improve its efficiency as well as detect problems that could cause short-circuits and fires in the future. Conducting an energy audit once a year and implementing the suggested changes, will ensure a marked reduction in electricity consumption of the building, leading to reduced CAM charges. Audits play a vital role in improving building’s operational efficiencies.

Waste Management:

The facility management services team needs to educate and enable occupants to segregate wet and dry waste at the source and efficiently collect the same. The dry waste can be disposed off via scrap merchants and garbage collection trucks of the municipal authorities, whereas the wet waste can be turned to compost via a compost machine in the building premises. The compost thus generated can be used in the garden of the building or be given to the many NGOs that collect it. An effective way to reduce water usage and costs is to install a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) & Rain-Water Harvesting tanks in the building. Indeed, a good waste management system ensures smooth functioning of the building, hereby Improving it’s efficiencies
Sustainability is now key to building competitive advantage, and these five technologies are increasing building operations efficiency.

1. Partnerships with Maintenance Service Providers Improve Building Operations Efficiency

Operational Efficiency in Dubai, UAE
The modern world of building operations efficiency is built, and little resides within the cloud and outsourced services. While it may not seem like an actual technology, working with a vendor to access countless technical resources, such as technicians and experts in common and advanced maintenance tasks, may involve the use of a referring system, program or platform. As a result, partnering with a maintenance service provider can help improve building operations efficiency.

2. New Facilities Management Software Reduces the Headache of Manual Data Entry

Using platforms and managed services also involves the use of new facilities management software, which reduces the stressors associated with tracking maintenance and facilities management activities through Excel or other sub-par systems. Also, newer systems can automatically track facilities management needs, which improves building operations efficiency along the way.

3. Wireless Sensors and Devices Make Retro-Commissioning Buildings Easier

Operational Efficiency in Dubai, UAE
The use of internet-enabled devices and connected sensors represent another major technology driving building operations efficiency forward. However, wireless sensors and devices are eliminating the cost associated with traditionally connecting all systems to one governance system. As a result, existing, older buildings can be retrofitted with the wireless technology to make management and building operations efficiency better.

4. Low-Heat Generating Devices Increase Efficiency

For the last decade, the use of energy-star products has sought to drive building operations efficiency sky-high. Consequently, most appliances and building operations systems require minimal energy to operate and generate less heat. This reduces the burden on HVAC systems to cool the environment, which translates into efficiency gains and cost savings. Furthermore, newer systems, ranging from plumbing to electrical units, actively conserve energy by reducing heat loss. For example, tankless water heaters increase efficiency to-fold, reducing energy use and eliminating heat loss during storage.

5. Cloud-Based Analytics Push the Boundaries of Building Operations Efficiency

Take a moment to think back to the use of cloud-based systems and connected platforms. Within these systems, analytics algorithms leverage the power of big data to benefit small, medium and large-scale businesses. Analytics derive insights and value from the most obscure details. While initial recommendations from analytics systems, may seem nominal, small improvements add up to large savings and gains in efficiency over time.

Taking Advantage of These Technologies Is Key to Building Operations Efficiency

Figuring out how to improve your company’s profit margins and increase building operations efficiency can be challenging, but, modern technologies are making the process easier. Instead of trying to track your building operations efficiency the old-fashioned way, by hand, consider using these technologies. They will simplify processes and reduce the overall burden of managing building operations efficiency.

2. New Facilities Management Software Reduces the Headache of Manual Data Entry

Using platforms and managed services also involves the use of new facilities management software, which reduces the stressors associated with tracking maintenance and facilities management activities through Excel or other sub-par systems. Also, newer systems can automatically track facilities management needs, which improves building operations efficiency along the way.

3. Wireless Sensors and Devices Make Retro-Commissioning Buildings Easier

The use of internet-enabled devices and connected sensors represent another major technology driving building operations efficiency forward. However, wireless sensors and devices are eliminating the cost associated with traditionally connecting all systems to one governance system. As a result, existing, older buildings can be retrofitted with the wireless technology to make management and building operations efficiency better.

4. Low-Heat Generating Devices Increase Efficiency

For the last decade, the use of energy-star products has sought to drive building operations efficiency sky-high. Consequently, most appliances and building operations systems require minimal energy to operate and generate less heat. This reduces the burden on HVAC systems to cool the environment, which translates into efficiency gains and cost savings. Furthermore, newer systems, ranging from plumbing to electrical units, actively conserve energy by reducing heat loss. For example, tankless water heaters increase efficiency to-fold, reducing energy use and eliminating heat loss during storage.

5. Cloud-Based Analytics Push the Boundaries of Building Operations Efficiency

Take a moment to think back to the use of cloud-based systems and connected platforms. Within these systems, analytics algorithms leverage the power of big data to benefit small, medium and large-scale businesses. Analytics derive insights and value from the most obscure details. While initial recommendations from analytics systems, may seem nominal, small improvements add up to large savings and gains in efficiency over time.

Taking Advantage of These Technologies Is Key to Building Operations Efficiency

Figuring out how to improve your company’s profit margins and increase building operations efficiency can be challenging, but, modern technologies are making the process easier. Instead of trying to track your building operations efficiency the old-fashioned way, by hand, consider using these technologies. They will simplify processes and reduce the overall burden of managing building operations efficiency.
Increasing operational efficiency requires consistent effort and a strong commitment to continuous learning

Our Operational Efficiency Services

Energy Audits

We carry out extensive diagnostic testing to evaluate how every single component of your building functions and impacts the entire system. We will first uncover the areas where your construction project may be underperforming or wasting energy, before recommending and implementing measures to fix these issues. As well as improving energy performance, even the most simple changes can result in a more comfortable and complaint free environment for your occupants.

Retro-Commissioning

This vital service can identify and improve how your building’s equipment and systems function together and has been proven to save 10-20% off your building’s annual energy costs. We carry out short-term diagnostic monitoring to undercover cost saving opportunities, including:

  • Walk-through Energy Audit / ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit
  • Retro-commissioning / ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit
  • Investment Grade Audits with Energy Modeling / ASHRAE Level III Energy Audit

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Measurement and Verification

From performance data trending to system diagnostics and utility bill analysis, we use the best practice techniques available to quantify and verify the results of energy saving measures. We then compare the estimated savings from our energy model to the actual data we collect to verify and define your project’s true energy savings.

Waste Management

From operational recycling, hazardous material elimination to organic waste management, we have a solution that works for your construction operations.

Water Efficiency

We take a look at exactly how your project is consuming water and suggest and implement easy fixes – from low flush toilets to low water taps and waterless urinals. The results are instant, without the need for costly investment.

Green Cleaning

From sustainable cleaning products to the development of integrated pest management plans.

Advanced Commissioning + Building Analytics together at last

Alpin has partnered with California based Measurabl to bring the world’s foremost building analytics service to the region. Trusted on over 25,000 assets globally by clients in the construction industry such as CBRE Global Investors, Urban Land Institute, Shorenstein and Boston Properties, to name a few.

Sustainability management begins with collecting data. Alpin+Measurabl continually checks for discrepancies and irregularities so your reports are always up to date and investment-grade.

That’s how we can ensure that your construction operations keeps efficient.

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