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Emirates makes ‘flying better’ in 2018

In 2018, Emirates carried over 59 million passengers on over 3,700 passenger flights on average per week, says company’s representative

Added: Jan 8, 2019 | By CCME Content Team

Retrofits: Broadening the scope of thought

With an earnest attempt on the part of the UAE government to decrease the rate of energy consumption in the country, stakeholders give their take on the factors that drive the retrofit market.

Added: Dec 4, 2018 | By Ranjana Konatt

Fishing for rewards

With a huge portion of the seafood in Dubai coming from Oman, what checks are in place in the cold chain to ensure the quality of fish making their way to our table?

Added: Oct 11, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

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PCFC Trakhees launches ASASI

New Green Building rating system by Dubai Government body seeks to address gaps in existing systems

Added: May 2, 2018 | By B Surendar

Wheels of Chain

The 8th edition of Food Chain addressed aspects related to strengthening two mission-critical links in the cold chain: Transport refrigeration and cold storage. In this, the first part of the report, we present to you the transport refrigeration-related discussions...

Added: Jun 15, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Channelising collective energies

Johnson Controls recently held its first executive channel conference. On the sidelines of the event, two channel partners, Ahmed Al Neama, Chairman & CEO of British Link Kuwait Co and Abid Vazir, CEO of Ghulam Faruque Group, Pakistan, talk to B Surendar, Editor, Climate Control Middle East, about the dividends of partnering with Johnson Controls.

Added: Apr 16, 2017 | By B Surendar

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ISHRAE targets Dubai for international chapter

Indian society looks to make a foray into the UAE, keeping in mind the Indian diaspora of engineers, Sayani Haribabu, All India Membership Chair for ISHRAE reveals to B Surendar, Editor, Climate Control Middle East

Added: Apr 3, 2017 | By B Surendar

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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

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‘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 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

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? Climate Control Middle East brings you a two-part state-of-the-industry report, with the focus on the MEP consultancy and MEP contracting sectors. At the same time, the narrative includes aspects related to building owners and the role of policymakers and planners in influencing best practices. Here, we bring you the first part of the report, where the focus is on the MEP consultancy sector…

Added: Sep 22, 2016 | By B Surendar

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

‘Sustainability as an operational strategy is a tremendous way to save money’

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC, and author of Green Think, in this in-depth conversation with B Surendar, explodes a few long-standing myths about sustainability, and explains the evolution of LEED certification as a dynamic tool to measure ongoing operating performance of buildings.

Added: Jul 21, 2016 | By B Surendar

‘It would be a major air to the market to have a more transparent industry’

The spotlight is once again trained on District Cooling, thanks to various government initiatives promoting it, bringing to fore challenges utility providers and end-users have to combat. Omnia Halawani analyses them and offers solutions, while making a plea for a streamlined sector.

Added: Jul 14, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

‘I think we’re on the cusp of a golden age – a new renaissance’

ASHRAE President-Elect*, Timothy Wentz, in conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, reveals his plans for the Society, and shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics, including the Internet of Things, the Paris Agreement, the future of refrigerants and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its release.

Added: May 24, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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Pumping the compressors market

A government initiative, such as the plan to retrofit 30,000 buildings, is one of the factors for the growth, says industry expert.

Added: May 16, 2016 | By Nayantara N

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

What’s holding VRFs back in the Northern Emirates?

Lack of chilled water networks in places like Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah should make VRFs an ideal fit, so why are they unable to make inroads as an alternative for one-to-one systems?

Added: Mar 27, 2016 | By B Surendar

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Open-plan offices… the bane of sustainable development

Msheireb Properties, in Qatar, which is nearing the completion stage, will arguably see the largest cluster of Green Buildings in the GCC region. An estimated 100 buildings that are either LEED Gold or LEED Platinum are expected to come on board, in a major boost to the greening efforts under way in the region. In […]

Added: Feb 17, 2016 | By B Surendar

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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

Decisively green

The benefits of adopting green measures in schools in the GCC region far outweigh the costs, argues Moheet Vishwas...

Added: Jun 3, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

A green perspective on the region

Climate Control Middle East in conversation with Marisa Long, PR & Communications Director of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), on the region’s efforts to green its built-environment and the significance of LEED certification. Excerpts from the interview...

Added: May 10, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

Why make all the noise about acoustics

Global studies related to schools have proved how excessive noise and poor room acoustics are impediments to effective learning, says Paul Schwarz

Added: Apr 13, 2015 | By CCME Content Team