Category: Facilities Management

Adopting Standards | British Pest Control Association

In line with Al Asmakh Facilities Management’s vision for continuous improvement, we have adopted a world renowned standard for our Pest Control Services. We are now a proud member of British Pest Control Association, UK (BCPA). BPCA sets guidelines for Pest Control and Disinfection services operationally all around the globe. This enables Al Asmakh Facilities Management to benchmark our services to global standards and broadly improve the quality of work we offer our clients.


British Pest Control Association | Al Asmakh Facilities Management


Our Learning & Development team is actively working together with BPCA to adopt these standards by acquiring support materials and training our staff to align with BCPA’s recommendations. Through this, we are aiming to create a workforce that is skilled, competent and updated with the latest knowledge and skills in a rapidly evolving and complex environment.


Al Asmakh Facilities Management, together for a better tomorrow!

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GSAS Accredited Facilities Management Service Provider

Al Asmakh Facilities Management takes immense pride in becoming the first ever GSAS Certified Service Provider (Global Sustainability Assessment System) for Facilities Management in Qatar. It is one of the long running initiatives of AAFM that we contribute largely towards the community and the sustainability of the nation. We are pleased to have successfully complied with the requirement stipulated by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) in achieving this accreditation.

GSAS by GORD is the first performance-based accreditation system in the Middle East and North African region. GSAS aims to create a built environment that adheres to sustainable standards, minimizes ecological impacts and reduces resource consumption whilst addressing the local needs and environmental conditions.



At Al Asmakh Facilities Management, our vision for a sustainable environment and the reduction of our carbon footprint has always been incorporated within the services we offer our clients, and following this certification, we now look forward to a renewed impetus and enhanced approach to our sustainability goals.

Al Asmakh Facilities Management – always committed to continuous improvement!

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Facilities Management in PPP & BOT

We have seen a major transformation in Facilities Management scope in Qatar with the recent surge in PPP & BOT projects. As we continuously engage the RFP deliverables of such projects, we realize that the FM scope of works has taken a much larger shape covering the oversight of design, infrastructural, construction and civil works responsibilities as well as cost responsibilities post DLP periods and through the concession period of 20+ years. These type of projects encompass greater source of revenues at a much higher risk.

To further expand on the above mentioned, we need to greatly acknowledge that the game as we know it, has a new patch.. what is considered core functions, O&M, TFM & IFM is now “basics” in delivering a successful PPP / BOT concession requirements. The importance and complexity of this new patch reflects the need for FM professionals to align expectations with the parenting investment partners on such projects.

FM organizations need to be vigilant in agreeing the FM consortium terms with the parenting investment. The investor aim is to minimize the investment risk by pushing for a “step down” which means transferring the risk from the investment to the operating model / contractor’s (ie. FM) post DLP periods.

FM governance need to be cautious and at the same token, comfortable with the risk associated in delivering such projects expanding up to 20+ years in concessions. FM professionals need the know-how in developing proper Asset Life Cycle Sinking Funds modules, (LCSF), asset replacement strategies as well as work closely with the design and construction teams on project delivery and scope… FM professionals need to expand there knowledge base in providing a competitive costing OPEX / CAPEX synchronized with the LCSF module.

The technical and commercial proposals you use to submit represents a lesser value to the RFP requisites associated with PPP / BOT projects. All services are required to be tailored and descriptive as authenticated by the RFP. It is critical to align your foretasted costing modules to meet the concession period reaching 20+ years. Get familiar with the new risk you are about to ink as you embark and take a new step in innovative territories. Consider the deployment of a militant performance management regimes with an effort to provide consistency in service delivery and to mitigate the intensified unavailability and Performance failures as described or required.

In Summary, our industry is surely getting finessed to take the shape of an umbrella smothering each and every service and sector from the design approval stage, infrastructure and construction clearance stages to the operational phases, mistakes could be fatal. I guess it is fair to say…

with great powers reside greater responsibilities.

Are we ready?!


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Energy Enhancement & Environmental Conservation

Energy & environmental enhancement and preservation are top priorities of Al Asmakh Facilities Management. Since Facilities Management is responsible for ensuring the functionality, comfort and safety of the built environment, uniquely positioned to leverage local operational efficiency initiatives to identify and act to improve the efficiency of energy use across facilities. Additionally this allows us to advise the property owners on how best to integrate people, processes and technology to achieve optimal efficiencies.

Which is why, our team has taken the initiative to report on the energy usage of the properties we manage every month. This enables us to see clearly the trend of usage, wastage and places for improvement. This is now implemented as a part of the monthly report we submit to our clients.

Apart from this, our Building Management Solutions team actively works on field studies before and after the installation of BMS in properties. The field study involves, collecting Electricity readings for the past years, examining the gaps, propose appropriate solution based on the needs of the facility, etc. Once implemented, the team continues to collect relevant data to compare the trends, where data have always been positive for the clients.

Some of the proposed solutions are outlined as follows:


Proactively manage energy-using equipment

The key to maintaining functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of building systems is to ensure that equipment is well-managed and maintained through routine checks and preventive maintenance. Equipment checks can often go overlooked because attention is directed to more pressing issues. When maintenance is not addressed over a longer period, reduced equipment efficiencies or asset damage may result. Regular, planned preventive maintenance on energy-using equipment can help identify leaks, repairs or replacements.


Effectively use lighting and HVAC controls

We can reduce energy waste by effectively using control solutions to improve the efficiency of lighting and HVAC systems. No matter the technology, if lighting remains on in unoccupied areas or in rooms fully lit by natural daylight, energy is being wasted. One of the most common types of lighting controls are occupancy sensors, which turn lighting on automatically when they detect motion and off when the area is vacated. This is further evaluated in Building Management Solutions.


Retrofit existing building systems

There is significant opportunity in retrofitting older, existing buildings through the modification of building systems to be more energy efficient. The retrofitting process is most effective when companies limit the scope of their retrofit to a few broadly applicable measures and roll out a sustainable technology investment bundle across their portfolio. Other impactful retrofitting solutions include the replacement of doors and windows or installing insulation. Initial success of their retrofit program is reportedly upwards of a 30% reduction in overall energy usage. By improving building envelope, performance companies can lower their heating and cooling needs, wasting less energy and being more efficient at the same time.


Investing in Ourselves

Energy is a complex issue that touches every aspect of a building and presents many simultaneous challenges, including energy costs, occupant comfort, and energy reliability. By proactively managing equipment, effectively using control systems and supporting initiatives to retrofit older buildings, facility managers can have a significant impact on the energy efficiency of their building systems.

Using energy more efficiently is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and reduce the growing energy demand.





AU  – Sapar, Majid
AU  – Lee, Siew
PY  – 2005/07/01
SP  – 416
EP  – 425
T1  – Establishment of energy management tools for facilities managers in the tropical region
VL  – 23
DO  – 10.1108/02632770510602351
JO  – Facilities
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