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‘We brought our long-term loans to practically zero during COVID’

Amiruddin Thanawalla, Managing Director, Prime Focus Group, speaks on the virtue of adhering to a conservative business approach, which he says has ensured financial stability for the company. Excerpts from an interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Jul 11, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

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School of thought

Duncan Curd references a Mayo Clinic study proving the reduced capacity of influenza A to survive in classrooms benefitting from humidification

Added: | By CCME Content Team

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Towards carbon-negative

Moheet Vishwas presents a case for renewed belief in ESCOs as a vehicle for achieving progressive climate-change objectives and transforming countries into green economies

Added: Jun 17, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

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Blurring of lines

HVAC contractors and rental suppliers used to be clear-cut domains, but not anymore, says Brian Marshall, Business Manager Climate Control, Byrne Equipment Rental, adding that the new situation has reduced the number of entities involved in the supply chain of temporary equipment. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Jun 12, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

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Saving energy, moving away from R-22

Converting to inverter-based systems can help the UAE save 5,000-10,000 GW of energy a year, and a concerted shift to R-410a systems would help the country achieve its emissions reduction goals, says Visakh Tom Jose, Sales Manager, Air Solutions Division, LG Electronics Gulf, in this interview to Surendar Balakrishnan…

Added: May 17, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Today’s market is still suffering from poor commissioning-related competency and general lack of understanding, but it’s not all bad, says Lee Hewitt

Added: May 16, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

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And the awards goes to…

The 2nd Annual CIBSE UAE Building Services Awards 2021, though held on a virtual platform, radiated the enthusiasm associated with an in-person event

Added: | By Ranjana Konatt

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Are we prepared for a shakedown?

Balancing energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ), as an action, is likely to pick up speed. While the debate rages on whether or not the minimum number of fresh air changes needs to be revised to improve IAQ, there is consensus on the need to firmly see it as just one among other measures, […]

Added: | By Surendar Balakrishnan

Fifty million more people face heat-related risks

Situation attributed to COVID-19, which has increased global cooling access challenges for the first time. • New report finds major increase in urban and rural poor populations at high risk from a lack of access to cooling, totaling 1.09 billion people. • Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa at highest risk, with poverty impact of COVID-19 and rapidly growing hot cities contributing to increased risk. • Access to sustainable cooling is critical to ensure nutrition, health and safety of the most vulnerable.

Added: May 5, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

COVID-19 and Air Movement

Atam Hayat, Business Development Manager - MEA Region, Leminar Air Conditioning, discusses with Climate Control Middle East on how COVID-19 has triggered an appreciation for better quality air distribution products despite greater concerns related to cost, and on how better regulations are addressing problematic practices in the market related to installation and maintenance of ducts…

Added: Apr 13, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Overcoming the waves

An examination of how manufacturers in Italy, one of the European countries hardest hit by COVID-19, are navigating challenges posed by the first and second wave of infections, and the nation’s renewed enthusiasm for IAQ-related measures in a bid to protect the public from future contagions. Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Mar 16, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

‘CONSOLIDATION IS THE OXYGEN WE SO BADLY NEED’

It is vital to preserve indispensable MEP-related expertise, and the skills and lessons learnt through putting in the hard yards, argue V Sekhar Reddy, Managing Director, Lexzander and Rahul Duragkar, Managing Director, Emitech Group 

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‘Consolidation is the oxygen we so badly need’

It is vital to preserve indispensable MEP-related expertise, and the skills and lessons learnt through putting in the hard yards, argue V Sekhar Reddy, Managing Director, Lexzander and Rahul Duragkar, Managing Director, Emitech Group

Added: Feb 24, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

THE EVOLVING BUILDING-RETROFIT LANDSCAPE

A shifting landscape, driven by a change in occupancy profiles, has triggered a growing appreciation for the long-term payback of sustainability measures and an increased focus on tenant well-being; however, there continues to be a large scope for improvement in retrofit measures that can unlock a host of opportunities for the entire value chain. Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Feb 21, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Condair releases whitepaper on healthy buildings

One of the aims of the publication is to promote dialogue amongst facility managers, users, and health and safety officers, enabling the right package of health protection measures to be considered, company says

Added: Feb 14, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

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Retrofitting in Kuwait, Oman and the UAE

Ashok Jha, Head, FM & Retrofit Projects, Universal Voltas LLC, provides an overview of trends driving demand for retrofits in Kuwait, Oman and the UAE

Added: Jan 18, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

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Building for the “new normal”

The drying up of new projects from COVID-triggered economic uncertainty has spurred greater awareness and interest towards retrofit projects. Will the new wave of retrofits place greater emphasis on IAQ, or like before, will efforts solely be towards energy efficiency, with an eye on reducing operational costs? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: | By Hannah Jo Uy

UPS delivers Pfizer vaccine in Saudi Arabia

Says it has spent months developing new products, agile approaches and new capabilities to ensure it is fully prepared to deliver the vaccine at the right time, at the right temperature

Added: Dec 21, 2020 | By CCME Content Team