Energy consumption per capita in the oil rich Arabian Gulf nations is among the highest in the world. World Bank energy consumption data shows 4 Gulf countries in the top 6 consumers (per capita) globally. These progressive Arab nations are keen to address such statistics by tackling their root causes, namely inefficiency. The World Bank data for global energy consumption by country, list’s Qatar third highest using 14911.1 kg of oil equivalent per capita, Kuwait in forth using 11402.1 per capita, the UAE in fifth with 8588 and Bahrain in sixth with 8096.3. The UK, in contrast, sits in 41st position using just 3183.3 kg of oil equivalent per capita. The per capita statistic does emphasize nations with small affluent populations, such as those small oil rich nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but even compared to similar nations globally, consumption is still very high. Beyond affluence, there are 3 primary causes behind these […]
The vast majority of buildings are small and not very smart, and it is their small size that limits their “intelligence” by restricting their access to smart building technology. A staggering 94% of US office space is housed in properties under 50,000 square feet, according to the latest data from Energy Star, and that proportion is […]
The destructive relationship between fire and buildings is as old as the history of buildings themselves. Fire protection has been a key reason for the development of new materials, construction methods, and safety protocols since the earliest buildings and each major fire acts as a trigger for innovation and regulation. The response to the Great Fire […]
Acquisitions, partnerships and investments are playing an increasingly important role in implementing strategic goals for major stakeholders in the built environment, particularly in providing access to the range of innovative technologies being developed in the smart buildings space. We have seen a wave of investment by real estate services firms into technology solutions in 2021 with […]
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