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Upcoming, uniquely styled discussion will compare the merits of chilled water and VRF systems, in the contexts of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and total cost of ownership (TCO) and of ensuring building occupant health and safety

Added: May 20, 2022 | By CCME Content Team



Upcoming courtroom-styled discussion debating CHW and VRF systems, in the contexts of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and cost, and ensuring building occupant health and safety, captures the imagination of the industry

Added: Apr 27, 2022 | By CCME Content Team

A need to overcome professional bias

Saying that the CHW-VRF debate risks confusing stakeholders into making less than optimal decisions, Francois Boueri, Vice President - AHRI MENA, chooses to walk the middle ground in an attempt to put things in perspective

Added: Dec 12, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


The Nordic revolution

The Scandinavian HVACR industry is widely seen as a front-runner in sustainable development, with a strategic focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and better Indoor Environmental Quality

Added: Nov 14, 2021 | By Charmaine Fernz


Tabreed announces Q3 2021 financial results

Reports increased profitability resulting from what it describes as sound business planning; says it is more agile than ever, paving the way for further expansion

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Belimo launches EV4

Introduces integrated thermal energy management solution

Added: Oct 20, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

Why term as arbitrary?

Dan Mizesko keeps the VRF versus CHW systems debate alive, asks for evidence to bolster claims made by VRF manufacturers and an MEP contractor

Added: Oct 13, 2021 | By Dan Mizesko


Dateline Bosporus

The Turkish HVACR industry has witnessed turbulences, from financial instability to the pandemic; and yet, local and international companies say they are positive about the future, with technology being the key driver

Added: Sep 12, 2021 | By CCME Content Team



Admitting that district cooling is not seen as a friendly solution amongst building owners, James Grinnell, Head of Water, Dubai Regulatory Supervisory Bureau, outlines remedial measures aimed at improving performance and increasing penetration. His views and more, recorded during the 5th edition of DC Dialogue

Added: Aug 4, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


Clients with limited budgets tend to neglect benefits of VFDs

Martin Williamson, Head of Commissioning (Middle East), AESG, gives a consultant’s perspective on whether a critical mass has been reached with regard to the uptake of variable frequency drives (VFDs). Excerpts from the interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan…

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On the surface of it

It is imperative that the chiller’s evaporator and condenser tube surfaces have the lowest resistance to heat transfer possible to prevent the scenario of chillers operating above their design efficiency.

Added: Jun 10, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Oh no, not my chillers!

Equipment operators and plant owners are in denial or just plain unaware that most chillers are operating above their design efficiency, says Dan Mizesko

Added: May 6, 2021 | By Dan Mizesko

‘The UAE leadership has a view of the future – and it is not just tomorrow’

Tomas Anker Christensen speaks exclusively with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on his appointment as Denmark’s first Climate Ambassador, opportunities for greater cooperation between the UAE and Denmark and the intangible benefits of cultivating local expertise and solutions. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 11, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Climate change and the larger picture of finances

Mayor James Brainard of the city of Carmel, in the US state of Indiana, is into his seventh consecutive term in office, a unique position to bring about serious change in energy use among his electorate. A Republican, he is an advocate of the need to curb energy use and supports the Paris Agreement. Here, in an exclusive interview to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East magazine, he speaks of focusing on low hanging fruit in addressing climate change and, at the same time, of being mindful of the need to protect those invested in the fossil fuel industry. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 7, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

The bane of district cooling

How long should we have to live with the migraine that the Low ΔT Syndrome has come to represent, ask Philips Tharakan and Mohammed Faiz, adding that the answer may lie in deploying Intelligent ΔT Management Systems

Added: Jan 5, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Islington and Clapham

As we bid goodbye to 2020 and gingerly step into 2021, the feeling is not of relief, because the virus is still on the prowl. It must be added, though, that we have reached an inflexion point with the early promise being shown by some of the vaccines that have been deployed. Now, amidst the […]

Added: Jan 3, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


India to see rapid growth in cooling demand, says Engie

Company representative says AC penetration to grow at a CAGR of 10%, space cooling requirements to grow 3–5 times by 2030 and forecasts up to 50% increase of centralised and District Cooling penetration in the next 2–3 years

Added: Mar 5, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy


Tabreed signs first District Cooling concession in India

Abu Dhabi-headquartered District Cooling utility signs 30-year concession agreement for Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, which is planned as one of the world’s most sustainable cities, says company’s representative

Added: Feb 14, 2019 | By CCME Content Team

What the Hx?

Representatives from the industry decode the heat exchangers market, including its estimated size in the region, technological advancements and challenges

Added: Jan 17, 2019 | By Ranjana Konatt

‘An incentive to improve District Energy networks’

Carsten Østergård Pedersen, Senior Manager, District Energy, Grundfos (Group) and Ronak Monga, Business Development Manager – HVAC, Grundfos – Greater Middle East (GME), speak on how Denmark’s District Energy scheme is designed to encourage efficiency across the supply chain, the innovations the company is integrating in District Heating and recommendations for the District Cooling sector in the Middle East. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy…

Added: Dec 6, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

An iPod among vinyl albums

Saying that District Cooling simplifies the building dramatically, Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association (IDEA), in this interview with Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East, urges a nuanced understanding of what the cooling approach can offer. Excerpts from the interview, about a month prior to the 8th IDEA International District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow from December 9 to 11, in Dubai.

Added: Dec 4, 2018 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


Tabreed reports 10% increase in net profit

Tabreed’s profit rose to AED 319.3 million for the year up to 30 September, compared with the same period in 2017, company representative says

Added: Nov 14, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


Evapco opens new office in UAE

Move in line with efforts to provide stronger support to clients across the GCC region, says company representative

Added: Aug 7, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Yes, IoT and AI have their place in DC…

But could we apply Human Intelligence to how we structure District Cooling for the benefit of all stakeholders, including building owners and tenants? asks Colin Bridges

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Empower participates in IDEA workshop

Workshop on ‘District Energy for Warmer Climates’ highlights the role of District Cooling in smart cities

Added: Jun 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

‘District Cooling needs to become the new normal’

Erik Solheim, Head of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), speaks exclusively to Climate Control Middle East on the progress of global support for the Kigali Amendment, the uptake of District Energy and its viability for the region, how policy paves the way for innovation and the growing recognition of clean air as a basic human right. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy...

Added: Apr 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

The word on the street

District Cooling has undoubtedly gained much ground in the middle east region, compared to other parts of the globe. However, the technical language surrounding the topic remains largely foreign to tenants bearing the cost. Has inadequate communication fuelled a certain lack of trust towards the system? What’s the word on the street among end-users? Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East has the story...

Added: Feb 15, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

Engine for growth

In Q3 2017, ENGIE became a major shareholder in the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed) with a reported investment of AED 2.8 billion. Jasim Husain Thabet, Chief Executive Officer, Tabreed, in conversation with Surendar Balakrishnan on the deal, and what it means to the Abu Dhabi-headquartered District Cooling utility company, among other topics. Excerpts...

Added: Jan 20, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


40%, 70%

These are the numbers Copenhagen-based utility, Hofor says it is able to post in terms of economic benefits for its customers, and of carbon emission reductions. A profile...

Added: Jan 17, 2018 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


Empower, Trane discuss R&D to enhance DC sector

District Cooling utility provider’s CEO and chiller manufacturer’s President also discuss business opportunities and projects between the two companies

Added: Nov 29, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

VRF industry steps up its game

Technology offers solutions for more complex problems, say most manufacturers, and consultants, by and large, agree

Added: Oct 10, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Existential questions

Dominic McPolin, Chief, Central Planning Office, Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning, Bahrain, shares questions he has been asked and how answering them with intellectual honesty is vital for the wellbeing of District Cooling in the GCC region

Added: Jul 20, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

‘DC’s success is proportionally linked to optimisation of opex and capex’

Sanela Habbab, Chief Operating Officer at Emicool, shares her insight on challenges facing the District Cooling industry, emphasising on the need for greater cooperation among relevant stakeholders to battle wrong perceptions and increase penetration. Excerpts from the interview...

Added: Jun 18, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Five years on…

Five years usually is a substantially long enough period for reflection and remedial action

Added: Jun 15, 2017 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


Qatar to host District Energy Awards

A key feature of the Euroheat & Power conference in October in Doha, the awards exercise seeks to honour contributions by leading international heating and cooling experts

Added: May 18, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy


SPX introduces NC Everest in the Middle East

Company says new product has specifically been designed for the region and is considered the largest single-cell, factory-assembled cooling tower available in the market

Added: May 16, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy

An end to the freeze-thaw see-saw

B Surendar, the Editor of Climate Control Middle East, presents his views on applying blockchain in the HVACR realm.

Added: | By Surendar Balakrishnan


District Cooling in the air in Jordan

The Abdali area in Jordan’s capital, Amman, needed cooling and heating solutions customised to suit the ambience of the upmarket hub, while working within the constraints of the country’s climatic conditions and water scarcity. Araner proposed a design based on air-cooled chillers with zero water consumption. We bring you the case study…

Added: Apr 18, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


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


Outsourcing is the way forward

District Cooling companies need to explore the option of outsourcing the O&M services of a plant, says Dan Mizesko, Managing Partner of Al Shirawi US Chiller Services

Added: Mar 21, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


The low-down on low Delta-T syndrome

Highlighting that it is everyone’s responsibility from design to construction to commissioning and, finally, the O&M and service people to maintain the conceptual vision, Dan Mizesko delves into the problem of low Delta-T syndrome and discusses its causes and cure. In this issue, we carry Part I

Added: Mar 20, 2017 | By Dan Mizesko


The paradigm shift to ‘light and might’

Remember the shift from large and heavy desktop computers to flexible laptops? In the span of a few years, technological advances allowed people to achieve the same – or more advanced – work with the substantially smaller laptop. The advantages are obvious: laptops are more compact, offer the same high performance, are lighter and easier to handle and maintain. What if the same thing has just happened within the field of heat exchangers for District Cooling?

Added: Feb 2, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

A wishlist for 2017

One of the privileges of being a journalist is the access to a wide range of insights and recommendations on multiple issues the HVACR industry directly or indirectly influences or contributes to. Given the constraints of space, here’s a non-comprehensive wish-list, based on the received wisdom from enlightened voices in the industry… • That we […]

Added: Jan 14, 2017 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


‘We have to give priority to local production’

In this freewheeling interview with B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East, Raphael Khlat and Azzam Messaykeh, the CEO and COO, respectively, of Faisal Jassim Group, discuss their philosophy on trading, their strategic response to market circumstances and how they would like to see the day when locally manufactured equipment would find their way to far-flung markets. Excerpts…

Added: Nov 30, 2016 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


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 Surendar Balakrishnan


Addressing the low ΔT syndrome

Omnia Halawani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Griffin Consultants, identifies the problems affecting the District Cooling providers and end-users

Added: Oct 2, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Scandinavia: Giving the green light

Sustainability has become a catalyst for innovation in the HVACR sector in the Scandinavian region. We bring you the report.

Added: Sep 26, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

VRF – time for a mindset change

Until recently, though weighing heavily in its favour, the jury was still out on VRF technology as a serious contender in the region. That road hump has now been crossed. What has changed the narrative in the short interim? We read the signposts that signal the crossover, and the road ahead.

Added: Sep 20, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

A revalving door

Energy efficiency and comfort can be achieved by using the right kind of components, which are fine-tuned to provide optimum results. The humble valve is one of them – often unseen and underrated but vital. And given the rapidly changing scenario in the region, it needs to constantly reinvent itself.

Added: Jul 25, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Sub-metering in District Cooling – well worth the effort

Individual metering to rationalise billing has been a prickly issue that has plagued the District Cooling sector ever since it has made inroads into the Middle East. Mohannad Khader discusses the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

Added: Jul 12, 2016 | By CCME Content Team


‘District Cooling doesn’t have to be different to be better’

From a new entrant in the arena to a viable option, District Cooling has come a long way in Qatar, with many players vying for a bigger share of the country’s mega-project pie, while remaining cost- and energy-efficient. B Surendar speaks to Robert Miller, Technical Specialist District Cooling, Design Department, Marafeq Qatar, on a wide range of issues emanating from this scenario.

Added: Jul 10, 2016 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

The topless towers of the HVAC kind

Which really has a better market – a water-cooled system or an air-cooled one? How much do regulations affect the industry, vis-à-vis the local manufacturers and end-users? Has the economic downturn influenced preferences of consultants in the cooling tower sector? Mohammed Abdul Hai investigates…

Added: Jul 4, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Seeing red!

Continuing with the theme of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) for proper maintenance of chillers and chilled water plants’ ancillary equipment for the HVAC sector, vis-à-vis predictive maintenance technology, Dan Mizesko discusses infrared thermography in the third part of the series.

Added: May 29, 2016 | By Dan Mizesko

Let’s talk VRFs

The 4th Annual Middle East Variable Refrigerant Flow Conference moved away from issues plaguing the VRF industry that had dominated the last edition of the event, and cast a forward-looking gaze at opportunities for growth and how the technology can help the region achieve its environmental goals. We bring you the post-event report.

Added: | By Rajiv Pillai

‘We would like to see a lot more of integrated building design’

David Underwood, ASHRAE President*, and B Surendar, Editorial Director & Associate Publisher, CPI Industry, met during ACREX 2016 in Mumbai, India, for a discussion on the HVACR industry. Their conversation covered a wide arc encompassing subjects like integrated building design, efficacy of District Cooling, tightening cold chain to reduce food wastage, sub-metering and nuclear energy. We bring you the excerpts.

Added: Apr 28, 2016 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

Qatar – the 2022 goalkeeper

The clock is ticking for the FIFA 2022 World Cup, and the mega event is poised to put Qatar on the world map. Has the HVACR sector already won the cup? Rajiv Pillai finds out.

Added: Apr 18, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

Enough room for all HVAC players in Qatar

Dr Essam Elsarrag of the Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD-GSAS) says diversity of projects in Qatar, including 2022 FIFA World Cup-related developments, offers plenty of scope for different cooling approaches

Added: Mar 27, 2016 | By Surendar Balakrishnan

Is the Kingdom going through a rough patch?

With Saudi Arabia declaring a record USD 98 billion budget deficit for 2015 and preparing to lift subsidies from petrol, electricity, water, diesel and kerosene, it is now no secret that the Kingdom is facing severe headwinds due to the drop in oil prices. Against this backdrop, Rajiv Pillai explores the HVAC opportunities that exist in the ‘new normal’ and how the sector is bracing itself to weather the storm.

Added: | By Rajiv Pillai

‘VRF will be incorporated into the entire Expo 2020 infrastructure’

Suneel M Advani and Vir S Advani, respectively Chairman & Managing Director and Executive Director of Blue Star, in a conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, share their outlook for the GCC region’s HVAC industry, and reveal their company’s plans for the Middle East, including launch of innovation in VRF technology

Added: | By Fatima de la Cerna


Outsourcing is the way forward

Subcontracting the O&M services of District Cooling companies and chiller plants to specialists purportedly has many advantages

Added: Feb 9, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Overcoming turbulences

Pointing out that turbulent water flow disrupts an accurate reading of the volume of water used, Dan Mizesko alerts us to the fragmentation technology, which he says can help reduce end-users’ water bills.

Added: Jan 3, 2016 | By Dan Mizesko


Why now is the time for Dubai

In part I of this series, Christopher LaBorde reviewed how the global HVAC industry was poised for real change, and in part II, he addressed the reasons why the UAE was the right location for transformational HVAC leadership. In this third and final installment in the series, he asserts that Dubai has a big role to play in bringing about this change.

Added: Nov 23, 2015 | By CCME Content Team


The chilled-out Norsemen

Driven by strict legislation and enforcement measures, on one side, and the challenge of pricing, on another, manufacturers of HVACR equipment in Scandinavia have relied on innovation to survive… and to thrive. Internationally, they are benefitting from the strict regime and the exertions it has engendered.

Added: Sep 6, 2015 | By Rajiv Pillai


What ails our industry – Part I

In the first of a six-part series, George Berbari speaks his mind out on what he describes as the ‘miserable current status of the HVAC industry in the GCC’. He begins by training his focus on the District Cooling industry…

Added: Apr 13, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

Romanus bathus anyone?

How do you fancy your pool – hot, tepid or cold? The Romans plunged into all three and created the concept of saunas, chilled piped water and refrigerators.

Added: Jan 8, 2015 | By Pratibha Umashankar


LV versus MV

Making a case for low voltage motors and equipment over their medium voltage counterparts for District Cooling applications, Nael Al Quqa enumerates their many advantages.

Added: Apr 9, 2014 | By CCME Content Team

“We are seven digits”

Ahmad Bin Shafar, the CEO of Empower, in conversation with B Surendar

Added: Feb 8, 2014 | By CCME Content Team


One-on-one with Al Khatib

Fayad Al Khatib who joined Qatar Cool in 2007 spoke about the company’s goals and the challenges of the industry.

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Qatar Cool turns 10

Celebrates a decade in the district cooling industry. By Mary Coons, our special correspondent in Doha.

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To go modular or traditional

George Berbari presents the pros and cons of a modular chilled water plant.

Added: Feb 16, 2013 | By CCME Content Team

The sun, the sand and the stadia

Making a case for zero-energy district cooling plants in Qatar to meet the air conditioning demands of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Salah Nezar plots the path ahead by weighing the pros and cons.

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Chilled out in Chicago

Chicago boasts of an impressive district cooling system serving about 100 buildings and 45 million square feet of space in its downtown area. Peter B Myers gives the highlights.

Added: Oct 31, 2011 | By CCME Content Team

Kuwait warms to district cooling

The Kuwait District Cooling Summit, held in end-January, attracted presentations from experts and industry insiders. The collective experience and erudition raised as many questions as they answered. We bring you a summary ...

Added: | By Pratibha Umashankar

Concrete facts about cooling towers

What type of cooling tower is better – FRP or concrete towers? Aslan Barazi weighs comparative merits

Added: Feb 20, 2011 | By CCME Content Team


Blow Hot, Blow Cold

Munawar Shariff elaborates on the current market situation for compressors in the Middle East.

Added: May 15, 2010 | By CCME Content Team


DSI Wins Khalifa City project

The contract brings the total value of projects awarded to Dh1 billion for the first quarter.

Added: Apr 15, 2010 | By CCME Content Team


Cool Towers

Jose Franco writes about the need for manufacturers to modify their heat-removal devices in tune with present and future requirements

Added: Mar 15, 2010 | By CCME Content Team


What You ‘Sea’ Is What You Get!

Antoine Stephan, Director, Hamon CTC – Dubai Branch, with his years of experience in the field of district cooling and cooling towers, talks of the myths that pose challenges to using seawater in the UAE.

Added: Feb 15, 2010 | By CCME Content Team


Turning To The Sea

In view of the non-availability of potable water and the limited availability of treated sewage effluent for district cooling, should we intensify our gaze seawards?

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DC Breakthrough

Zamil Industrial signs Murabaha facility with NCB for one of its subsidiaries

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