Provis, a full-service real estate company fully owned by Aldar Estates, has made significant energy and utility savings totalling AED2.4 million ($653,000) across 13 managed residential communities and three retail destinations during the first six months of 2022. 
Through chilled water and energy-optimisation initiatives, the company successfully reduced over 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and saved over 4 million kWh of energy, enough to power nearly 600 rural homes for six months.
The sustainable measures were rolled out across Sun and Sky Towers, Gate and Arc Towers, Al Zeina, Al Muneera, Al Ghadeer, Al Raha Gardens, Golf Gardens, Al Gurm, Al Bateen Park, The Bridges Residences, Eastern Mangroves, Saadiyat Beach Residences, Saadiyat Beach Villas and in the retail destinations of Yas Mall, Al Jimi Mall and World Trade Centre. 
Energy-efficient heat pumps
The installation of energy-efficient heat pumps in place of outdated natural gas boilers for household water central heating systems was one of the major factors that contributed to the H1 2022 energy savings.
Provis CEO HP Aengaar said: “The energy and utility savings we have achieved since the beginning demonstrate our unwavering commitment to energy efficiency. We have implemented several sustainability projects and programmes over the years that have resulted in significant energy savings and had a positive impact on the environment.”
Aengaar pointed out that Provis was launching a number of energy and utility management programmes throughout its portfolio to boost efficiency and lower each community's carbon impact through modernising and digitising the assets’ infrastructure.
"This effort enables us to reduce our overall energy consumption by 5% over the next two years and is in line with the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 strategic initiative,” he added.
Building Management System
Other energy-saving measures were also implemented by Provis including the installation of a cloud-based real-time Building Management System (BMS), which collects data instantly and detects faults automatically, lowering operating costs and energy bills, coupled with various system optimisation initiatives to significantly improve temperature set points during cooler weather to reduce chilled water consumption.
Other measures implemented include installing weather-based irrigation systems, aerators in wash basin water mixers, optimisation of differential pressure set points in chilled water systems, air temperature supply optimisation for fresh air handling units as well the replacement of existing lights with energy-efficient LEDs.
Earlier this year, Provis marked Earth Hour by switching off all non-essential lighting for one hour across 70 residential communities and retail destinations in the UAE, reducing more than 8,800 kWh of electricity and 4,000 kg of CO2 equivalent.-TradeArabia News Service