Latest green and energy-efficient technologies in properties to make homes smart, intelligent and sustainable - to ensure lower maintenance costs and longer building life.

Press Release

  • Danube Properties and Johnson Controls to work together to make its building projects more energy efficient, smart and intelligent that will reduce energy consumption and bills
  • The combined value of Danube Properties construction contracts exceeds Dh1.6 billion
  • Danube Properties portfolio exceeds Dh3.8 billion involving 5,019 units in 12 projects

Dubai-based Danube Properties today announces its alliance with Johnson Controls – a global leader in energy efficiency, smart and sustainable building technologies, as part of its mission and in line with the UAE Government’s vision to deliver energy efficient, green, smart and sustainable development.

The alliance ensures all Danube Properties projects become energy efficient, green, smart and sustainable properties with the latest innovative technology products are built-in to offer greater user comfort that also reduces the energy usage and bills.

The buildings and buildings construction sectors combined are responsible for 36 percent of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 percent of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

“Energy demand from buildings and buildings construction continues to rise, driven by improved access to energy in developing countries, greater ownership and use of energy-consuming devices, and rapid growth in global buildings floor area, at nearly 3 percent per year,” IEA says.

Danube Properties is rated amongst top 5 developers in the UAE and is known for its on timely delivery of exceptional quality assets with record sales success and its collaboration with Johnson Controls who believes in creating more productive and sustainable building environments will deliver seamless customer experience.

A collaborative strategy towards promoting a comprehensive offering were discussed by Mr. Atif Rahman, Director and Partner of Danube Properties, Mr. Claude Allain, Vice President and General Manager for Johnson Controls, Middle East and Africa and Dr. Marcus Schumacher, Vice President and General Manager for Johnson Controls – GCC, along with the Johnson Controls Key Strategic Account Management team.

“Smart, green and sustainable development is part of our DNA and Danube Properties has been championing the development of affordable homes – to make homes economically sustainable – for end-users,” Mr. Atif Rahman, Director and Partner of Danube Properties, says. “Despite the fact that our homes are affordable in price, we have never compromised on the quality and when it comes to quality and facilities – we are known to over-deliver.

“However, we have gone a step ahead in that direction – by initiating smart and sustainable home technologies – to offer a greater value proposition to our customers by making their homes more energy efficient and smart, with the same price.

Danube Properties is one of those few rare realty brands, which have been able to make a mark and set themselves a league apart nationally and globally, despite challenging economic condition, through their strong commitment and strong quality.

The Efficient World Scenario report by IEA highlights the potential for global building energy demand to decline between now and 2040, despite total building floor area growing by a further 60 percent. On average, buildings in 2040 could be nearly 40 percent more energy efficient than today, if efficient technologies are deployed.  

Space heating offers over a quarter of the potential energy savings. Water heating efficiency could also improve by 43 percent and improvement in space cooling, which is the fastest growing source of building energy demand, could see air conditioner efficiency double, the report says.  

“Johnson Controls is our strategic supplier for Building Solutions and Technology products and this association demonstrates our commitment to the environment by delivering high quality and sustainable solutions to our customers,” Atif Rahman says.

“Sustainable development is not a mere slogan. It is part of our system, philosophy and belief. Our partnership with Johnson Controls will ensure that all the developments are in line with our development mantra and vision.

“Home is where life is and we take it very seriously. These initiatives are part of our vision to deliver green, energy efficient, smart and sustainable homes to create happy communities – and falls in line with the vision of Dubai and UAE Governments.

“These initiatives will differentiate men from boys – where the Danube will stand out.”

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through a strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.

Claude Allain of Johnson Controls said, “We are proud of this partnership and to be associated with one of the fastest developers of the region and share the same vision of driving sustainable solutions. Energy emerges as a critical economic driver due to high demand vs. unsustainable supplies and hence energy-efficient buildings are a necessity each day for a sustainable world.”

Launched in June 2014, Danube Properties has so far launched 11 projects, tendered out 10 projects for construction and delivered four projects so far. Its development portfolio involved 4,744 units, worth US$1 billion (Dh3.67 billion).

About Danube Properties
Danube Properties, part of the Danube Group, made its foray in to the real estate market in June 2014, by launching the Dh500 million 171 townhouses at Al Furjan. Since then, it continued to expand its development portfolio by launching Glitz Residence I, II, III, Starz, Glamz, Miraclz, Resortz, Bayz, Jewelz and Lawnz projects.
The company currently has a development portfolio of 3,680 units, with a combined value exceeding Dh3.14 billion. It is delivering about 830 units in 2017-18, with a combined sales value of Dh1 billion – or a third of its portfolio value.

About Danube Group
Established in the year 1993, Danube Group was founded and cultivated under the leadership of Rizwan Sajan, who is the known to be the Founder and Chairman of the Group. Starting off as a small trading firm, the company is moving from strength-to-strength, expanding its foothold in the region, and has established itself as the No. 1 building Materials Company along with other branches under its vast umbrella.
In 2015, the company recorded a turnover of Dh5.14 billion and has been growing ever since. Moreover, Rizwan Sajan was ranked 12th among the ‘Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE’ List by Forbes Middle East.
The company provides more than 25,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its multiple set of showrooms across the Middle East region and India. The company operates from its head offices in JAFZA with logistics facilities across the region which amounts to 5.5 million square feet and includes kiln drying facility, factory and warehouses of the group.
From a small trading firm, Danube has grown into one of the largest building materials company in the region, with its diversified branches worldwide including UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India, in addition to procurement offices in China and Canada. Danube has a team of more than 1,800 people working across strategic locations across the GCC and India.  
Among its flagship companies, Danube Home – the Home Interior Retail arm – has showrooms in major shopping malls across the region and in India. In UAE it has showrooms in Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Festival City, Bawadi Mall – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and standalone outlets in RAK, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi as well. In Oman we have 5 showrooms (Salala, Nizwa, Sohar, Baraka and Al Khuwair). Danube Home has a showroom in Bahrain – Salamabad as well.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls Building Technologies and Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times.
It operates in more than 150 countries through its unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility.
Its brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco, YORK, Metasys, Ruskin, Titus, Frick, PENN, Sabroe, Simplex and Grinnell. For more information, visit
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Nazneen Kassabwala
Danube Properties Head Office
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