Video: Saeed Al Abbar on the UAE's refurb appetite

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Saeed Al Abbar, director, AESG.

Saeed Al Abbar, director, AESG.

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Increased awareness among tenants about energy efficiency will drive the retrofit and refurbishment sectors in the UAE and the surrounding region, Saeed Al Abbar, director of AESG, told ConstructionWeekOnline.

In an exclusive video interview, Al Abbar said while it might appear that developers lack motivation to implement refurbishments, retrofits, and building improvements, the gap can be bridged through energy-conscious tenants. 

He added: “We’re seeing tenants becoming more conscious and wanting to [use] buildings that are more energy-efficient. 

“We’ve also seen governments trying to create mechanisms of transparency and information that [shows you] right away how much you spend on utility bills. 

“Basically, tenants are given the choice and are being empowered to say they want a more energy-efficient building.” 

AESG was established in 2010 and offers services across five core departments, namely sustainability, environment, fire and facades, energy, and commissioning. 

Scroll down to watch the final of ConstructionWeekOnline‘s five-part interview series with Al Abbar.

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