Dubai, UAE: The governments in the UAE have announced a plethora of vision statements and programmes to achieve its goal of being the most sustainable country, while drawing most of its energy requirements from renewable sources. Although the bars have been set high, the goals can be achieved, provided multiple stakeholders within the broad spectrum of the HVACR industry collaborate and cooperate, say industry experts.
Constructing a building and ensuring its optimum performance thereafter requires the input and expertise of multiple specialists, with MEP contractors being one of them. Similarly, to meet the demands of a Green Building, a smart city programme or retrofitting initiative, there is a need for seamless integration of all services.
Chandrasekhar Reddy, CEO of UAE-based Elemec Electromechanical Contracting, points out that there is a gap between the planning and implementation stages of projects, which is necessary to achieve the visions laid down by the leaders. “When new systems are coming to the place,” Reddy says, “you definitely need expertise and back-up to ensure they are done in the right perspective. When we talk of construction, this is where a major part has to be played by the MEP industry, because that is where you can see major development in terms of systems and technologies and futuristic ideas that are being adopted around the world.”
Reddy stresses on the fact that MEP contracting is a specialised function, which is indispensable, and it simply cannot be tasked to a general contractor. Every specialised project, such as data centres, malls, nearly zero-energy buildings and airports, require the attention of a specialist. “Plus, we have the industrial sector, so there are about 10-12 segments, and each of them needs a specialist,” he says. “And within that, you need a specialist.”