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Not ‘smart’ enough!

While building management systems have been widely deployed, industry insiders suggest it’s a long road ahead for their full potential to be realised. Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East has the story…

Added: Jun 11, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

Hospitably speaking

Dilip Sinha, General Manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Honeywell, talks with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on how integrated solutions can help the hospitality sector reduce energy consumption and enhance customer experience through smart control of cooling systems…

Added: Nov 30, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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The full potential of ‘smart’ remains elusive

Industry insiders say that while there has been significant market penetration of smart building technology in the GCC region, the ride ahead is a bumpy one, owing to a plethora of complexities

Added: Jul 18, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

Information on the go

Dilip Sinha, General Manager (Middle East, Turkey and Africa), Honeywell-Environmental and Energy Solutions, talks to Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East on the company’s initiatives related to intelligent building systems. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: May 18, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

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On the road to 2030

With nearly a year having gone by since Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 was unveiled, Climate Control Middle East takes a look at what the Kingdom has been doing to ensure that its policies and programmes are aligned with the transformational reforms outlined in the framework, and how the HVACR industry is faring in the resultant economic climate.

Added: Mar 27, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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The energy regulations are moving in the right direction

David W Budzinski, Vice President - Indirect Channels & Distribution, MEA at Johnson Controls, talks to B Surendar, Editor, Climate Control Middle East, on the company’s present and future vision, and its commitment to providing energy-efficient products and solutions for the GCC region.

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The royal treatment

Guest comfort and sustainability are top priorities, says Irina Kurbatova, Environment, Health and Safety Director of Emirates Palace, as she talks about how the hotel maintains a well-ventilated indoor space, while still meeting energy-reduction targets.

Added: Mar 14, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

Green growth needs incentives, better enforcement of building codes

On the sidelines of AMWAJ 2016*, Ruba Al-Zu'bi, the CEO of EDAMA Association, an NGO based in Jordan, spoke with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about her experience as a founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council and shared details about the country’s efforts in promoting green growth and sustainable development. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Mar 1, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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Sectoral perspectives on IEQ

Representatives from the healthcare, hospitality and education sectors explored in detail the link between indoor environmental quality and the health of building occupants at the 4th edition of the World IEQ Forum.

Added: Feb 6, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘Environmental consciousness is uncommon among MEP consultants’

The September 2016 issue of Climate Control Middle East carried a detailed report on the state of the MEP consultancy industry. Here, as a follow-up, Hassan Younes, Director at Griffin Project Development Consultants, shares his views on the topic with B Surendar. Excerpts from the Q&A…

Added: Nov 30, 2016 | By B Surendar

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State of the industry: Building performance

The leadership in the GCC region has been introducing a raft of vision statements and measures to encourage, urge and support the multiple stakeholders to raise the bar on building performance. Such path-breaking initiatives and thought-processes as region-specific Green Building regulations, building-retrofit programmes, nearly zero-energy buildings, smart cities and IoT point to the right direction in terms of intent. Broadly, we are witness to market transformation and positive disruptive approaches, which have the potential to cut project timelines, and improve energy efficiency, indoor environment, reliability and resource conservation. But are building owners, architects, consultants, sub-consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and FM firms prepared to align themselves with these changes, broadly speaking? Are they showing a willingness to rise to the occasion? Or, are there factors – some self-induced and some beyond their control – that are proving to be challenges in the pathway to optimising their performance towards delivering better buildings? In September, Climate Control Middle East published the first part of the report, where the focus was on the MEP consultancy industry. In this, the concluding part, the spotlight is on the MEP contracting industry… 

Added: Oct 30, 2016 | By B Surendar

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The VAV factor

Pointing out that smart control programs deployed via BMS deliver superior VAV performance and efficiency, Vijay Kumar adopts a hands-on approach to make a case for pressure-independent VAV.

Added: Sep 27, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

‘The HVAC industry has a great task ahead’

Underlining that innovative solutions will help save energy and the environment in the long run, Dr Mohanad Alshaikh says that energy efficiency in all forms is vital to achieve Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, in which all companies need to be stakeholders.

Added: Sep 19, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Controlling the controllables

Though BMS has been available in the market for many years, end-users continue to face obstacles that prevent them from fully reaping its benefits. One such obstacle, various stakeholders believe, is the industry-wide shortage of knowledgeable and skilled BMS operators. RMS has been proposed as a solution to overcome the problem, but is the region ready to deploy the technology?

Added: Aug 17, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

How smart is your building?

Pointing out that knowledge of control applications can go a long way in eliciting optimal advantage from a Building Management System, Arvind K Swarnkar lists thumb rules to help follow best practices for control systems in a smart building.

Added: Jul 24, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Down Under eyes top spot

Australia has been making news in the HVACR industry for all the right reasons, from new efficiency-rating tools to a stringent regulatory framework, especially to improve the retrofit sector – a model worth replicating in the Middle East region. Australia’s success lies in its desire to create an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient society.

Added: Jun 27, 2016 | By Mohammed Abdul Hai

IoT is already knocking on our industry doors

Looking at IoT through the automation and controls lens, Vijay Kumar of Cylon makes a compelling case for adopting it in the MEP industry. He believes that we’ll miss the bus if we’re not quick to appreciate the power of IoT in the way the industry is poised to evolve.

Added: May 25, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Defining affordability – an exercise in semantics?

With market demand for affordable housing projects reportedly on the rise, there is a perceived need for reasonably priced cooling solutions. But what exactly makes an HVAC system affordable? Is equipment selection a simple matter of looking at the initial cost, or should other considerations, like OPEX and energy efficiency be factored in?

Added: May 17, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Oiling the wheels of sustainability

In conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, Dr Waddah Ghanem, Executive Director for EHSSQ & Corporate Affairs at Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), discusses the company’s adoption of an Efficiency & Resource Management policy and the initiatives it has undertaken to become a sustainable organisation. He also comments on the UAE’s introduction of fuel subsidy reforms, as well as its commitment to diversifying its energy mix.

Added: Apr 21, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

The Internet of HVAC

The Internet of Things is poised to be a USD 19-trillion global business by 2025, reveals Cisco. How much of that chunk belongs to the Middle East market? How involved – or connected – is the HVAC sector? Is it doing enough to adopt smart solutions? Rajiv Pillai attempts to find the answers to these questions and others.

Added: Mar 20, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

A winning approach

Can the hospitality industry achieve energy savings without compromising on guest experience? Saying that it’s doable, Denis Sorin and Aamir Riaz of Dur Hospitality share details of how their Saudi Arabia-based company has taken initiatives to meet the twin targets.

Added: Mar 17, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna