Taking this into account it is no wonder that
Macey is however concerned about the situation in the UAE. "There are a number of fairly significant things that we can do now to improve the quality and the lifetime performance of the buildings although this is not to decry the skills of the market," explained Macey. "But if you are going to complete buildings with sustainable performances, you need to understand and appreciate the environmental performances of a building's facade in advance, before you design, construct and erect and thereafter go through a series of verification exercises which check the "as built" performance. This might include air pressure testing."
Macey estimates that most buildings in the UAE have leakage rates in excess of 30 cubic meters, which represents 300% more than is easily achieved in other parts of the world, and clearly indicates a significant energy cost. Future regulation of this aspect of building performance will significantly reduce carbon use, but hopefully it will be embraced by the marketplace on a voluntary basis recognizing that this aspect doesn't really add to construction costs. "It's more about using the right parts correctly rather than changing what we use," Macey advises.
The current plan for the SFE is to increase memberships and provide support to facade engineers in the region with proper training and qualifications. This will provide opportunity for clients to understand when they are speaking to accredited and competent facade engineers by recognition of the SFE accreditation letters after an individual's name. Macey hopes that many aspects of facade performance will eventually be regulated by law which stimulates the need for accredited professionals in the region.
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