Prabhu Ramachandran, Founder and CEO of Facilio, has taken a moment to focus on the greater good of tech-driven facilities management. Shifting the conversation away from facilities owners, and towards facilities consumers, Prabhu touches on the topic of sustainability management.
He said: “The best way to save energy on a grand scale is to save it every day. How about from every building, and even from every unit?”
On the opportunities in the region, Prabhu evaluates that “nearly $30 billion is going to be spent on retrofitting Dubai’s buildings to meet its energy management objectives, with Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, and Kuwait also actively joining the retrofit movement.”
Discussing the sustainability agenda, Prabhu explains that by introducing accessible, mobile, and transparent apps for all stakeholders, centrally across a portfolio of buildings, owners/operators can do more than just ensure the smooth execution of operations and maintenance.
By making building performance and energy consumption trends available to tenants and occupants as well, property owners can actually enable desirable habits, ultimately saving long term OpEx costs of the building, improving sustainability, and increasing asset lifespan.
“For example, a tenant renting out two floors of a building can know that they are the second most efficient tenant in the building, this can then be communicated to occupants, offering an opportunity for celebration and a greater desire to lead a conscious lifestyle in the unit and beyond,” he said.