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Enova completes award-winning project

Optimizing indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in Majid Al Futtaim shopping mall portfolio across the Middle East

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Enova, the Middle East’s leading energy and facilities management specialist, has enhanced its Enova by Veolia smartphone app with new capabilities enabling users to monitor indoor temperature, relative humidity and air quality parameters such as CO2 in real time. A first in the Middle East, this IoT innovation was rolled out at Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls across the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman (Mall of the Emirates and City Centres Mirdif, Deira, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Muscat).

This newest Enova innovation builds on the success of its existing smartphone app that was launched in 2017 to increase transparency and connectivity, by giving access to live data from anywhere at any time. Making use of the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, the energy and facilities management pioneer has now enhanced the app’s capabilities even further. The new digital solution makes it possible to display live Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) information within virtual floorplans in the app. As a first in the region, the app monitors and displays temperature, relative humidity, and CO2 levels of a site. For optimal user friendliness, the sensor information icons are color-coded and can be access floor by floor or filtered to display only sensors currently out of the desired range for even faster reaction and rectification.

The Enova Operations team that utilizes the app daily to optimize and maintain IEQ for all shopping mall occupants and visitors can now efficiently and rapidly respond to any unplanned changes within the local environment and ensure continued comfort for all.

“We have been noticing an increase in the demand for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions post-Covid and are well prepared to cater to them,” said Renaud Capris, CEO, Enova. “Middle East organizations need to have full insights on the quality of their indoor facilities, whether malls, office buildings, or residential towers. Working with Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls, we have created an innovative solution that will enable operators to better optimize the indoor environment of their buildings, all the while maximizing the level of comfort for the building occupants and visitors.”

This project was rolled out as the second phase of a holistic sustainability partnership between the two Majid Al Futtaim entities Enova and Majid Al Futtaim Shopping Malls. Since 2017, Enova have worked closely with the Mall Management to achieve energy and water savings in the framework of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) that found overall efficiencies of 28.3 GWh in energy savings — enough to power 3.1 billion LED lamps — and 150,000 m³ in water savings, enough to fill 60 Olympic swimming pools.

For both the Energy Performance Contract and the IEQ app capabilities, real-time insights are achieved through Hubgrade 4.0, Enova’s proprietary smart monitoring and reporting center. Hubgrade 4.0 consolidates data collected from smart sensors deployed across a site and then relays them to the app and displays environmental changes on a virtual floorplan.

“Using our smartphone app, Middle East operators can now react quickly to any sudden changes in the environment and keep their facilities operating within sustainable levels,” added Renaud Capris. “The new solution is a clear example of our guiding ethos, ‘Sustaining Your Growth,’ to assist customers in managing all of their energy and facilities management needs. Organizations can focus on their daily business activities without having to worry about their facilities’ operations.”

As a first in the market, this solution showcases the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the field of facility management, the Enova by Veolia smartphone app’s thresholds have been designed to follow green building regulations and specifications based on ASHRAE Standards. The smartphone app also complies with WELL & LEED guidelines in terms of hygrometric conditions and indoor air quality indicators.

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