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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

Towards achieving nZEB

Nearly zero-energy buildings are not just a global reality but rather are being recognised as being the need of the hour to reduce the use of energy, says Benwen Lopez, as he looks into the nZEB framework in the GCC region.

Added: Jan 15, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

‘We strongly believe in the Middle East’

Poul Due Jensen, Group Executive Vice President for Group Sales, Marketing and Service, Grundfos Holding AG, speaks alongside Henning Sandager, Area Managing Director (Middle East and Turkey), Grundfos Gulf Distribution, and Kim Jensen, Regional Managing Director (EMEA), Sales Region Handel, on how the company has leveraged its long-standing reputation and commitment towards innovation and sustainability.

Added: Jun 20, 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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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

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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.

Added: Mar 19, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

CPI Industry’s VRF Conference attracts heavy government participation

Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council; Trakhees; Electricity & Water Authority, Bahrain; Qatar Ministry of Municipal & Environment and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) confirm their participation in the 5th Annual Middle East VRF Conference

Added: Feb 22, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

The trends point to a positive era

Expressing optimism, Khuldoon Hameed of TransGulf Electromechanical discusses opportunities for growth for the HVAC industry in the GCC region

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‘Oil can go up at the same speed it came down’

Ashraf Abdalla, Vice President and General Manager (Middle East and Africa) of Johnson Controls, expresses optimism on business trends for 2017 for the GCC region, in this interview with B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 31, 2017 | By B Surendar

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Are you ready for VAT?

As part of a region-wide drive to diversify income sources for public services, all six GCC states are poised to introduce VAT on goods and services as early as January 2018. Considering that the region has long held the tax-free tag, what impact would the new tax regime have on the private sector? What measures must HVACR companies undertake to prepare for compliance? And, perhaps more importantly, how soon should they start preparing?

Added: Dec 28, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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UL opens lab in Abu Dhabi

The UL Middle East Electrical laboratory is its first industrial lab in the region, providing safety tests to help deliver a sustainable future

Added: Nov 13, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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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

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

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: | By B Surendar

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Insulating the planet against GWP and ODP

Highlighting that thermal insulation and pre-insulated panels can negatively impact climate change if they are not manufactured in a responsible manner, as enshrined in international agreements, Sarmad Fakhri asserts that foam insulation products need to be not only CFC-free but also HCFC-free to ensure low global warming potential and zero ozone-depleting potential.

Added: Aug 29, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Thinking beyond the Eurovent Summit

Krakow in Poland becomes host city for the Eurovent Summit from September 27 to 30, 2016. Key decision-makers in the field of indoor climate, process cooling and food chain will gather in Krakow to think ‘Beyond HVACR’. Climate Control Middle East speaks to Alex Rasmussen, President; Felix Van Eyken, Secretary General and Morten Schmelzer, International Director, from the Eurovent association, to learn more about the event, the association and key issues of relevance to the sector…

Added: Aug 18, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

The Kingdom enters a new era

With its recently launched Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is planning to introduce social, political and economic reforms, aimed at reducing its dependence on oil, diversifying its economy and establishing the country as a global investment powerhouse. In light of one of the Middle East's biggest markets announcing such sweeping and ambitious reforms, what could the future hold for the region's construction and HVACR industries?

Added: Jul 19, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

CCHP – a backward glance and a forward gaze

Taking stock of the progress CCHP and decentralised power generation have made in the GCC region, George Berbari stresses that it can help governments achieve their energy-saving and sustainability goals.

Added: Jul 13, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Clearing the mist over outdoor cooling

While rough economic conditions may have slowed down some sectors in the region, the outdoor cooling industry looks to new markets, like affordable housing, and innovations in evaporative cooling and misting technologies to keep demand strong and achieve growth.

Added: Jul 11, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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 Mohammed Abdul Hai

‘We’ve seen some crazy things in terms of counterfeit refrigerants’

Michael Jorde and Prakash Chablani, International Marketing Manager of Harp International and Managing Director of Unigulf Development, respectively, discuss the reasons behind the continued prevalence of counterfeiting in the refrigerant sector, the safety hazards it poses to the end-users and the different measures the public and private sectors can take to curb the practice.

Added: Jun 19, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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: May 25, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

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

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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

‘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 B Surendar

Fire safety – who’s accountable?

In light of the new UAE Fire Code, Karim Badruddin examines the liability of the client, contractor and the manufacturer of fire safety equipment used in a project and the impact of the insurance cost on the client and the contractor. He stresses that each party involved shares the responsibility for occupant safety.

Added: Apr 23, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Decoding COP 21

Widely lauded as a historic accord on climate change, the Paris Agreement aims to mitigate global warming, by bringing about a reduction in GHG emissions, among other goals. But what would the adoption of the agreement mean for the industry and the region? How would it shape government regulations and business decisions? We bring you responses and reactions from regional and international industry leaders and members of organisations.

Added: Apr 17, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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

The Italian Renaissance

With the Mostra Convegno Expocomfort event gearing up to celebrate its 40th edition in March, in Milan, Italy, stakeholders take stock of the HVACR market for 2016, with their gaze set on trends and innovations. Does the sector in the GCC region have a thing or two to learn from its Italian counterpart?

Added: | By Rajiv Pillai

Process cooling in a time of uncertainty

With low oil prices cracking the whip on almost every industry, including the process cooling sector, experts share their views on strategies adopted to stay afloat. Rajiv Pillai assesses the health of the process cooling industry in the current market scenario, given its importance across the board.

Added: Mar 17, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

‘Variable speed is the future of air conditioning’

Ryouji Sanou, President of Daikin Middle East and Africa, sits down with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East to discuss his company’s performance in 2015 and the growing interest in VRF technology in the region. He also shares his insights on the climate action plan the UAE has submitted to the United Nations for COP21 and the continued search for alternative refrigerants for high-ambient countries.

Added: Mar 14, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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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

‘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

Canned solutions

With more regulations being introduced in the region to address energy-efficiency needs, as well as health concerns related to Indoor Air Quality, the paints industry is reporting a growing demand from the market for products that offer more than mere aesthetic appeal.

Added: Feb 14, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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Airing views

Air quality inside buildings is a matter of concern in the GCC region, especially since people spend considerable amount of time indoors. While factors like energy efficiency and IEQ have a bearing on indoor atmosphere, industry experts debate about what sort of leadership, solutions and ideas ought to drive the equation.

Added: | By Rajiv Pillai

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Outsourcing is the way forward

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

Added: | By Nayantara N

Recycling grey water is the new green

Serge Becker of Aspen Pumps shares a few figures to explain the need for recycling grey water produced in air conditioning units in the GCC region.

Added: Feb 8, 2016 | By Nayantara N

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Iran in the HVACR race

The landmark nuclear deal sealed between world powers and Iran has been hailed a triumph by many industry players in Iran and elsewhere, especially in the context of doing business in the country. HVACR industry leaders share their views on the current state of the industry and how lifting sanctions on Iran will widen opportunities for the sector. 

Added: Oct 14, 2015 | By Rajiv Pillai

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Energy modelling – need for a revisit

Pointing out that energy modelling software simulation often yields results that do not necessarily reflect future or current operation and use of a building, Hassan Younes makes a cogent case for more accurate models that could not only give a realistic picture but also contribute to the calculation of a building’s lifecycle cost and energy conservation.

Added: Sep 6, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

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What ails our industry – Part IV

In this, the fourth of a six-part series, George Berbari focuses on the air side of things, highlighting the typical design and manufacturing mistakes related to FCUs and AHUs, and how they are impacting energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in the GCC region

Added: Jul 9, 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

Unclogging Filters and Mindsets

Arguing that unclogging of filters plays a critical role in ensuring better Indoor Air Quality, Dr Iyad Al-Attar demonstrates why it is important to determine when and how clogging occurs.

Added: Nov 17, 2012 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar

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The Long and Dusty Road Ahead …

In this last and final installment on the present series on air filtration, Dr Iyad Al-Attar highlights the need for better air filtration technology for improved Indoor Air Quality and reiterates his call for joint responsibility to ensure that this becomes a reality. We hope that the sincerity his voice exudes and the earnestness and urgency of his mission has reached out to our readers.

Added: Jul 13, 2012 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar

The way the wind blows

A reading of wind direction reveals that there is no major storm brewing in the fans and blowers sector in the region. The market is whirring at a regulated speed, with no sudden gusts threatening to blow away the status quo. This is good news and bad news. Getting used to the comfort zone does not augur well for business. But it is better than the windless trough created by the double dip, believe industry insiders.

Added: Jun 13, 2012 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Airing his Views

A champion of clean air and an expert on air filtration, Dr Iyad Al-Attar, Regional Director (Middle East) and International Consultant, EMW Filtertechnik, Germany, is familiar to readers of Climate Control Middle East through his series of analytical articles on the subject. He provides personal glimpses during his conversation with B Surendar.

Added: Jan 5, 2012 | By B Surendar

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