wasl aims to adopt efficient technologies to achieve significant reduction in energy consumption

Published March 24th, 2010 - 01:13 GMT

wasl, the asset management group owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation, today announced it will expand the scope of its Green Building Management’ programme to include its service centres in Umm Hurair, Jumeirah and Al Muhaisanah, as well as select buildings, offices and commercial towers in Dubai after the successful implementation of the programme in its headquarter located in Mankhool area. 

 

wasl’s announcement comes ahead of its participation in Earth Hour 2010 that is scheduled to be observed from 8:30pm - 9:30pm on 27 March. As part of its commitment to the global initiative, wasl will turn off all lights at its headquarters and service centres for an hour and encourage tenants and employees to do the same during Earth Hour.

 

wasl’s Green Building Management initiative includes the installation of water pressure taps and filters, light sensors, energy-efficient light bulbs, as well as other energy and water saving schemes to reduce overall electricity consumption by up to 20 per cent and water intake by 30 per cent. Leading the way in adopting the programme, the wasl headquarters has already achieved significant cost and energy reduction.
 

Mohammed Khoory, General Manager of Facilities Management, wasl said: “Our facilities management division has conducted a study of our buildings to determine consumption levels at select wasl buildings. The study, which demonstrates our commitment to environmentally responsible actions, helped us develop a strategic plan and integrate innovative technologies. We are keen to stay at the forefront by continuously delivering new initiatives to the market that we hope will serve as a benchmark for others to follow.
 

“As we expand our real estate portfolio and scope of operations, we aim to ensure our growth is augmented by socially responsible initiatives. Our team of knowledgeable professionals was able to identify numerous improvement strategies that will have great effect on the short and long term energy saving outcome. Consequently, the programmes pave the way for supporting international and community events such as Earth Hour 2010 in order to build a better tomorrow for everyone.”
 

In support of the Earth Hour 2009, thousands of lights across Dubai were switched off for an hour resulting in the ‘largest voluntary power down in history’ in the emirate.

 

wasl’s current sphere of operations includes the management of 5,013 industrial land plots and 20,000 leased commercial and residential units around Dubai.  The asset management group’s operational capacity encompasses property management, leisure and entertainment, hospitality, project management, and industrial land development.

In its endeavour to drive leadership and innovation, wasl has launched a series of initiatives that reiterate the importance it attaches on community-related activities, especially the development of social responsibility and industry specific initiatives. The asset management group has already implemented waterless car cleaning services at some of its buildings around Dubai, installed recycling bins at select locations, in addition to sponsoring numerous CSR and community events.


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