The Middle East’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) market, according to research analysts at Technavio, will expand “a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 10% by 2020”.
Technavio, in its December 2016 report titled MEP Services Market In Middle East 2016-2020, states that a significant portion of this growth would be driven by the development of mega-projects in the region, such as Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower and Kuwait’s $490m (KWD149.7m) harbour facility for small boats.
The report adds: “Such mega-scale projects will drive the need for design, installation, operation, and maintenance of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) in the Middle East, which... will increase the requirement for MEP services.”
Furthermore, it is expected that the benefits of outsourcing MEP services are being acknowledged in the region, particularly within the operator sector.
“[End-users] are outsourcing services to streamline their business processes in the long run,” the report continues.
“By utilising specialised services [for] MEP, end-users save 30%-40% of the overall cost associated with building operations.”
Citing the Bharath Kanniappan, a lead market analyst at Technavio, a report by Business Wire added: “The quickly growing market is presenting an abundance of opportunities for MEP services.
“MEP vendors are capitalising on this by training and sending workers with pre-requisite knowledge and skills to handle these operations.”
Looking at the industry’s future prospects, Kevin Charlton, director of operations at Macro International, said collaboration would benefit local maintenance standards.
“Greater emphasis is required for clients and FM providers to work together in order to develop fair and appropriate contracts for maintenance services, instead of the current norm of amended construction contracts,” he told MEP Middle East last month.
“The development of a local authority-approved suite of documents – similar to that of the consultant/contractor FIDIC books – will remove confusion and ambiguity and ensure, in the event of a dispute, that fairness prevails, thus creating a more open contractual environment.
“Standardisation of service level agreements (SLAs) and key performance indicators (KPIs) would also be of significant benefit to clients in their understanding and implementation [of contracts], and ultimately clear the fog around vague terminology,” Macro’s Charlton added.
Barry O’Reilly, associate – project and development services at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) MENA, said certifications such as the Well Building Standard and LEED will be key trends to look out for.
He continued: “We’ve seen an increase in clients aspiring to obtain the Well Building Standard certification, which not only considers design but also sets out building operational goals. JLL’s project management team is assisting clients to achieve this by liaising with its integrated FM and property and asset management system (PAMS) divisions through projects’ design stages.
“Many clients also aspire to LEED accreditation, [since] the GCC market is now benchmarked against buildings globally. JLL has initiated a sustainability division and employs a team of LEED AP-certified professionals to meet these needs,” O’Reilly added.
Standardisation will drive the regional HVAC and MEP industry forward, particularly in the UAE. Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council, told MEP Middle East about the organisation’s future plans for the country: “Our mandate for the UAE is to ensure that existing and future buildings are able to adhere to sustainable, energy-efficient standards. More than 50% of the energy used in buildings is consumed by air-conditioning equipment and the remainder is used for lighting and receptacle loads.
“Many homes in the UAE leak large amounts of cool air through their envelope – which puts extra burden on HVAC systems – so ensuring building air tightness is essential in developing sustainable buildings.
“One of the trends we expect to see in 2017 and beyond for mechanical efficiency is the increased use of energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy,” Al Abbar added.
Source: Construction Week Online
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