The GCC construction industry is high on eco-friendly developments. This has opened a window of opportunity for green and natural architectural product manufacturers and their associates, like Eco Facade, to display their technological know-how within this realm.
The GCC construction industry is witnessing a boom as major infrastructure and mega projects are underway. And this boom is likely to continue in the future, too. January 2014 saw real estate transaction almost double from the same period in 2013 and the sentiment in the GCC market is buoyant. According to Mohamed Amin Palsania, Director Operations, ECO Facade, GCC has placed a great deal of importance on green initiatives and energy efficiency. In alignment with the foundation in construction, the GCC has followed the principles of the healthy, energy- and resource-efficient and environmentally responsible construction in recent years. This vision has created healthier and more comfortable lives for the residents without a negative impact on the climate, and has added elements to improve the lives of residents.
Speaking about products introduced by Eco Facade (Qatar), he says, ´We have introduced ´Total Green Solution´, which specialises in green architectural and FR products for the construction industry. Our products portfolio comprises an array of world renowned brands like Argeton Terracotta cladding, Agglotech engineered marble, Rheinzink architectural zinc, Aurubis architectural copper, fiber cement panels, Adexsi natural roof lights and vents, Paroc fireproof wall panels and metal composite panels. After understanding the benefits and sustainability of these products the demand for this product is growing gradually with time. We claim to have 5-6 per cent market share in the GCC region.´
The wide array of products makes Eco Facade a one stop solution for building envelopes and facades. The company also specialises in providing design, engineering, fabrication and installation services for its unique architectural products. The dedicated team of qualified engineers ensures that every challenge posed by creative architectural design is answered with the combination of latest technology and lateral thinking, with a focus on customer satisfaction. Palsania says, ´We utilise our experience, innovation, planning and craftsmanship to successfully supply and install our products professionally and competitively and within the committed timeframe.´
Elucidating about the green aspects of their products, he says, ´Most of our architectural products are eco-friendly. They are made of natural elements, are 100 per cent recyclable, have LEED certification and come with long-life service.
Ace at service
Eco Facade is known for its fastest delivery of architectural products. It is possible to maintain this impeccable speed as the company is involved in the project from its concept and design stage and proper management of its stock.
Elaborating on the company´s post-sales service, Palsania says,´As GCC has started following the principles of the healthy, energy- and resource-efficient, and environmentally responsible building, almost all the green and sustainable architectural products are been imported from different continents. This leads to poor maintenance due to long lead time of the facade product affecting the life of the building. Also, replaced parts/panels do not often match with the existing facade. We at Eco Facade address this issue by maintaining our architectural product stock, which solves the problems of time constraint related to importing and mismatch of parts/panels.´
Some of the buildings that flaunt Eco Facade products are multipurpose hall at the Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Muntaza Plaza Hotel, store and garage building at Al Wajba Palace, new central and maintenance building at Qatar University, New Doha International Airport, Khalifa Tennis Stadium.
Given the boom in the construction industry in GCC, Eco Facade has its hands full with prestigious projects like Al Jazeera Media Network, apartment building at Mansoura, Utility Tunnel Control Centre and VIP Access Building, ISF Camp at Duhail, the new telecom building at Halul Island, children´s mall and commercial plaza at Katara, Al Mansoori Tower at Lusail, Kia Showroom and Early Childhood Centre.
While the market scenario is conducive for the growth of eco-friendly architectural products, there are challenges that are to be met. According to Palsania, price is the key challenge. He says, ´In this contractor-dominated market, product is changed to low-cost, non-green option to meet the budget. However, we never compromise on quality and prefer dropping the project rather than using low-cost, low-quality products. Our mission is to provide our customers the highest level of quality materials and services at market competitive prices to maintain the professionalism, integrity and honesty in our relationship with customers.´
In keeping with the company´s commitment to quality, Eco Facade will launch Swisspearl (a facade of cement composite panel) in the near future. The Swisspearl facade panels will be available in various distinctive finishes. The panels are available in varied sizes and are made of mineral raw materials such as Portland cement, limestone, water and air. Palsania says, ´For more than 20 years high quality non-toxic fibres have been used to reinforce the cement core. The manufacturing process is based on a closed water cycle and a slow 28-day curing. The Swiss high-tech coloration and finishing technologies are water born. The raw materials and the finished products do not contain any dangerous substances.´
With such endeavours, every new construction in GCC will flaunt a green look.
Examples of eco-friendly features in Eco Facade´s products:
Argeton Terracotta Cladding
Rheinzink Architectural Zinc