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Johnson Controls wins Dubai cooling-as-a-service contract

by Mark Cantrell
Al Fattan Properties in Dubai has awarded Johnson Controls a 10-year Cooling as a Service (CaaS) agreement to cover one of its flagship developments

Real estate developer Al Fattan Properties in Dubai has awarded Johnson Controls a 10-year Cooling as a Service (CaaS) agreement to cover one of its flagship developments.

The business deal is said to mark one of the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, and the region, and includes all-round cooling infrastructure services to ensure the comfort of residents of Al Fattan Downtown Towers.

Mohammad Khalid, vice president and general manager, Middle East and Africa, at Johnson Controls, said: “In the Gulf region, energy consumed for cooling accounts for around 50%-60% of total building power consumption.

“CaaS can help substantially reduce a building’s cooling-associated carbon footprint by up to 30%, making it an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution.

“With the decarbonisation of buildings representing a critical step in fighting climate change, the launch of CaaS comes at an opportune time. Businesses can quickly transform their buildings into more efficient and sustainable assets without upfront capital costs, and accelerate their net zero journey.”

CaaS is said to be a “hassle-free” solution where customers and end-users only pay for actual consumption of cooling, while simultaneously benefiting from reduced operational costs, uninterrupted operations, service continuity and efficiency.

Soby Joseph, chief executive at Al Fattan Properties, said: “As a leading organisation in creating spectacular landmark projects, we aim to bring our clients the best that we can offer. This long-term partnership with Johnson Controls is a reflection of that commitment.

“The CaaS initiative will help ensure that the living space at Al Fattan Downtown Towers is a comfortable and luxurious one for all residents. They can be assured that we provide services that can be relied upon anytime.”

As well as equipment delivery and installation, Johnson Controls will also deliver comprehensive operations and maintenance services, in addition to upgrades and rapid repairs, efficiency enhancement, and direct end-user billing and collection.

Ruben Cherian, property manager at Al Fattan Properties, said: “We are impressed by the CaaS business model as it aims to preserve our assets in the long run, and helps eliminate surprises and uncertainty as well as prevent deferred maintenance cycles.

“Johnson Controls’ CaaS is not only a risk-free and capital-free solution for us, but it also aligns well with our organisation’s commitment to environmental sustainability and climate action. From any perspective, the return on investment (ROI) is well worth the partnership.”

Main image: The Al Fattan Downtown Towers, Dubai

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