The role of facilities management in green retrofit of existing buildings in the United Arab Emirates

Mahmoud Mawed*, Vinay Tilani, Karima Hamani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Green retrofitting is acknowledged as an essential strategy toward achieving long-term sustainability in the built environment. To implement this strategy successfully, the role of facility managers cannot be ignored. The purpose of this paper is to investigate present practices that are used in managing the existing facilities, to highlight the elements that govern the process of green retrofitting, and discuss the efforts and contribution of facility managers in enhancing the environmental performance of the existing facilities stock in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Design/methodology/approach: This study suggests that an adequate level of awareness of the benefits of green retrofit amongst owners and decision-makers is mostly dependent on facilities management (FM) professionals, who must establish effective communication channel with senior management. FM professionals in the UAE are well equipped and competent in greening existing buildings and can simultaneously lead a building to the path of achieving green building certification. Findings: To examine the role of FM in a green retrofit and its current status in the UAE built environment, a two-step qualitative method was adopted. The study started by conducting semi-structured interviews with FM professionals and then assessing the insights obtained from the interviews against an actual case study of a LEED Existing Building certified facility. Research limitations/implications: Interviews were limited to FM professionals in the private sector and the results from one case study should be considered cautiously. Originality/value: This paper emphasizes the primordial role of FM professionals in promoting green retrofit in the UAE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-52
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Facilities Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020


  • Built environment
  • Facilities management
  • Green retrofit
  • LEED
  • Operational stage
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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