Dubai-based Facilities management (FM) company Farnek has joined hands with a weather forecasting company that will assist in efficient utilisation of a building's resources.

Farnek has said it’s the first FM company to partner with ArabiaWeather, which helps FM projects to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Citing an example of its application, Farnek CEO Markus Oberlin: “If a sandstorm is forecast, the fresh air intake of roof top HVAC units can be closed and switched to recycle existing air throughout the building until the storm has passed.

ArabiaWeather’s system LandWatch, applies formulas and algorithms to generate accurate and hyper-local forecasts on developing weather patterns at any location globally.

By using the data captured and processed, teams at Farnek will be trained to monitor conditions in certain areas on a daily basis and advise both building owners and management, of the best time to schedule work.

With access to advanced meteorological data, meteorologists at ArabiaWeather will alert Farnek before, during and after severe weather events.

LandWatch can indicate when to re-commence work as soon as the poor conditions pass rather than simply postponing until the next suitable day.

On clear days, changes in wind speed and, humidity can also be monitored using the software.

Farnek says it will be the first FM company in the region, able to schedule weather-sensitive work such as façade and window cleaning, around adverse conditions.

“This protects the filters and reduces the amount of sand and dust not only in the A/C unit itself but also getting into the building. This preserves indoor air quality and keeps the A/C working efficiently, presenting significant savings to building owners. 

“Many FM professionals are well aware of the havoc that random and isolated weather conditions can have on building maintenance and cleaning schedules. This is often compounded by just how changeable and localised weather can be," added Oberlin.