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Specialized Engineering Services (SES) by FM managers

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A World Bank study has pegged India’s energy efficiency market to be worth `1.6 lakh crores. Renewed Demand Side Management market potential is expected to deliver 178 billion units of electrical energy savings per annum that roughly translates into 18-20 per cent of the current levels of all India annual electricity consumption and 150 million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction potential. Sustainability continues to be trend and an up-and-coming corporate value across the world, specifically in the facilities sector, writes Tariq Chauhan, Group CEO EFS Facilities Services.

Waugh A sustainable building is an efficient resource for any company; and managers make sustainability a goal and take proactive steps toward it to ensure consistent processes and procedures, results are monitored and compliance audits performed.

The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) was developed by Govt. of India for new commercial buildings on 27th May 2007, which sets minimum energy standards for new commercial buildings having a connected load of 100kW or contract demand of 120 KVA and above.

MEPS (minimum energy performance standards)

India launched the PAT programme in 2012, setting energy consumption targets for 478 of the most energy-intensive industrial enterprises. The first cycle of the PAT programme (2012-15) aimed to reduce energy consumption on average by 4.1% in eight industry subsectors that made up 36% of total industrial energy consumption (2009-10 levels). The majority of the estimated annual savings were expected to come from power generation, followed by iron and steel and cement. Firms could comply with the targets by achieving their own energy savings or by generating energy savings certificates that could be exchanged with other firms on a trading market. The latest assessment of 427 industrial enterprises under the first cycle shows the original target was surpassed with energy consumption reduced by 5.3%, resulting in annual emissions reductions of 31 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2). The second cycle (2016-19) will expand the PAT programme across 900 to 950 industrial enterprises, representing a share of 50% of industrial energy consumption (2009-10 levels). It will continue to cover those firms in the first cycle while adding others such as refineries, railways and state distribution companies.

What is SES?

The rapid growth of Indian real estate sector has created an increased demand for quality engineering and technical services, to help buildings achieve energy efficient operations, lower operational costs, and help them achieve green compliance ratings. FM service have emerged as a one stop solutions platform for all engineering needs to address unique Indian challenges like extensive geographical footprint, significant unorganised sector, statutory compliances, pan India spread, quality reporting and high level of ownership, typically faced by global multinationals and large scale facilities integrators.

“The standard pricing applied for commercial FM in India is significantly lower than the international benchmarks costs due to lack of commitment and understand of Integrated Facilities management by developers and owners association“

SES entails a series of interlocked, interconnected technical engineering services spanning Condition monitoring, Engineering services, Energy Conservation, and technical audits.

Condition monitoring:

  • Asset condition verification via in-depth Vibration analysis, Cylinder/Pipe thickness measurement as well as Liquid flow monitoring through state of the art assessment tools
  • Indoor air quality monitoring to identify potential gaps with health and safety implications

Engineering services:

  • MEP Installation and Commissioning Consultancy
  • Mechanical Engineering Services
  • Fire Detection and Fire Fighting
  • Electrical Services
  • Automation
  • HVAC Services
  • Backup power systems
  • Communications Systems

Energy conservation

  • In-depth analysis of Electricity Bill, Electrical utilities Performance and Thermal Utilities
  • Evaluations of Energy Costs, Operating Demand, Energy Performance Index for Commercial Buildings and Specific Energy Consumption for Industries
  • Recommendations for optimizing Electrical & Thermal Systems and maximizing energy conservation potential for core utilities systems

Audits:

  • Thermography
  • Thermal analysis of heat and energy outputs
  • Insulation quality
  • Defects identification and isolation
  • Power Quality
  • Variations in power currents
  • Power consumption analysis on grid and connection points
  • Acoustic analysis for utilities networks
  • Electrical Safety
  • Circuit analysis and hazards identification
  • Compliance with Electricity act and Indian electricity rules
  • HSE
  • Safety management systems assessments
  • Accidents risks identification
  • HSE Gap audits and IMS requirements for achieving ISO certification.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management training

Today, Specialised Engineering Services (SES) span the complete spectrum of building utilities such as HT substations, switchgear, building fabric, automation, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. FM managers provide SES service offerings that are uniquely crafted to meet the evolving and complex needs of national & international clients, who demand a fine level of micro and macro complexity, as well as deep understanding of business objectives and local sensitivities.

SES Benefits for Facilities Managers

Facilities Managers play an integral role in maintaining reliable, efficient and smooth operations with greater economy through correct specification and expert engineering design. Familiar with the global best practices and standards, they introduce quality services to Indian market and increases awareness of leading energy standards such as LEED, to help clients achieve LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze certifications.

Timely analysis and maintenance prevents catastrophic breakdowns and ensures business continuity. FM managers help to lower energy consumption patterns in buildings and make workplaces more energy efficient by reducing consumption of energy/materials. They ensure optimum cooling/heating of workplaces, scalable to occupancy levels and weather conditions. Hence, they can help energy conscious clients invest energy savings back into business and, diligently work to make businesses eco-friendlier and to nurture sustainable environment.

Facilities Managers elevating the Indian business landscape

FM managers are proactively helping clients reduce their dependency on OEM vendors, for their maintenance requirements. They are helping clients achieve 85% cost reduction on Fire alarm system rectification works, and 86% cost reduction on CCTV rectification, through in-house services. SES clients today, enjoy the benefits of an overall reduction of 20% in AMC costs for MEP utilities. Additional Intangible benefits include:

  • Dealing with a single team for pan India SES requirements, which give clients less hassle and complications, with a Single Point of Contact.
  • Transparent cost structure which are shared with clients regularly
  • 24*7 Helpdesk and Management Information Systems (MIS) reporting capability, utilizing modern IT infrastructure
  • Seamless CAFM compatibility which fits into most popularly used Building Management Systems

Along with SES services, managers are critical for the successful implementing a facility management plan and possess a profound understand and appreciate several distinct functions, and future competencies ranging from operations and management, quality assessment and innovation, to human and environmental factors, and project management. Managers offer service offerings that are uniquely crafted to meet the evolving and complex needs of our national & international clients, who demand a fine level of micro and macro complexity, as well as deep understanding of business objectives and local sensitivities. They help attain all of the core imperatives of energy policy – reducing energy bills, decarbonisation, air pollution, energy security, and energy access driving more efficiency in business operations.

 

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