GCC developers should invest in the highest available specifications for their buildings in order to remain competitive.
This is the opinion of Esam Al Mazroei, vice chairman of UAE-headquartered electrical, lighting, water, and control system provider, Bahri & Mazroei Group.
In an interview with Construction Week, Al Mazroei said that intelligence, as opposed to brute force, was now the most important consideration within the region’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector.
While he conceded that the Gulf remains a price-sensitive market, Al Mazroei noted that, when armed with the right information, regional developers and consultants are becoming increasingly willing to invest more at the outset in order to achieve long-term gains.
“No matter how much you invest in a project, you can achieve [returns],” he explained, pointing out that the most important factor is to ensure that money is spent in the right areas.
“If I were constructing a building today, I would select the highest available specs,” Al Mazroei continued. “All buildings are having to become more efficient and competitive, in terms of running costs and [energy consumption].
“If you’re running a car with 12 cylinders, and I can achieve the same outcome with four, my solution is better,” he added.
Commenting on the importance of education within the market, Al Mazroei said that his group companies are operating in an increasingly consultative capacity.
“This is a normal part of our job,” he noted. “We advise our clients, but we also advise consultants. These firms are often looking for the latest technologies, so we go to them and explain the [re;ated advantages and disadvantages].”
For Al Mazroei, the most successful projects will be those that integrate the smartest systems. In reference to the ongoing shift within the GCC’s MEP sector, he said: “It’s no longer about how big your engine is; it’s about how efficiently it operates.”
Established in 1968, Bahri & Mazroei Group comprises Bahri & Mazroei Trading Company (BMTC), Bahri & Mazroei Technical Systems (BMTS), and Telematics Networking & Communications.
The group’s UAE project portfolio includes Dubai Sports City’s solar-powered lighting system; the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) installation at Abu Dhabi World Trade Center’s (WTC) Trust Tower; and lighting for the jogging track in Dubai’s Jumeirah area.
Al Mazroei’s full interview will be included in issue 666 of Construction Week, which will be published on 2 September, 2017.