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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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‘The technologies are on track’

And we are confident about the future, says John Mandyck, the Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies, on the company’s response to the developments at Kigali, as he in the company of Giorgio Elia, Vice President, Climate Control and Security (Middle East), United Technologies, and Mohammed Al Qaisi, General Manager at UTS Carrier, talks to B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East on a wide range of issues, including the company’s path-breaking initiative to quantify indoor environmental quality. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Feb 23, 2017 | 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

‘Sustainable smart cities will be able to do more with less’

The Big 5 Kuwait speaker and a point of reference in Kuwait when it comes to low-energy, environmentally friendly urban solutions, Dr Ioannis Spanos, Senior Sustainability Manager at KEO International Consultants, speaks to Climate Control Middle East about the benefits of Green practices, as the construction event launches Sustainability Day on September 27, 2016.

Added: Aug 14, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

A ‘joint’ effort towards sustainability

Underscoring that sustainable design involves more than site orientation and energy-saving construction techniques, Stephen Traynor enumerates the advantages of grooved mechanical piping systems, and highlights how alternative joining methods could contribute towards higher building rating.

Added: Jul 27, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

From greenbacks to a Green planet

Standing on its head the long-held notion that the private sector and sustainability are, in principle, two binaries which can never meet, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Rick Fedrizzi, in his book Green Think: How Profit Can Save the Planet argues that when businesses and environmentalists join hands, not only can the planet be saved, but the endeavour could also prove profitable. The book, since its publication late last year, has become a manifesto of sorts for businessbacked sustainability. George Berbari gives glimpses of the author and the book…

Added: Jul 14, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Minister of Energy visits DEWA’s Sustainable Building

Utility says that the visit is one among a series by the Minister of Energy to local energy organisations to enhance communications between the Ministry and its strategic partners

Added: May 26, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Rejuvenating building exhaust air

Building exhaust air from commercial buildings has typically been thermally conditioned. Building exhaust air is typically dispensed to the outdoor air, requiring energy to condition replacement outdoor ventilation air. The general assumption is that building exhaust air is “contaminated”, says Prasad Natraj of AAF.

Added: May 24, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Turning towards green pastures

Wanting LEED certification will eventually influence existing built-environment to turn green, says Marisa Long

Added: May 10, 2016 | By Nayantara N

Make in India

Drawn by a fresh way of thinking by the Indian government, HVAC manufacturers in the Middle East are eyeing the possibility of a greater presence in the country.

Added: Apr 19, 2016 | By B Surendar

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‘Green Buildings may not interest everyone but healthy buildings will’

In a conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, Meshal Al Shamari, Director of Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), explains why he believes healthy buildings are the next generation Green Buildings. He also shares his views on the country’s sustainability efforts and what the Council is doing to support the Qatar National Vision 2030.

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

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

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The filtration compass

Dr Iyad Al-Attar warns us of the abyss of truth we confront when we deviate from the roadmap for providing clean air and take the fast track to filtration bankruptcy.

Added: Mar 8, 2014 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar

The Green Building Conundrum

Saeed Alabbar discusses how modern buildings in the Middle East are actually less efficient than decade-old constructions, and suggests measures that need to be taken to address the problem.

Added: Nov 17, 2012 | By CCME Content Team

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Creating a green data centre

UAE University, Al Ain, and Schneider Electric joined hands to reduce the carbon footprint on the campus. We bring you the case study.

Added: Sep 18, 2012 | By CCME Content Team

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Making it real

We review the green building regulations implemented by Dubai Municipality which include specific guidelines and recommendations for the commissioning, installation, operation and maintenance of HVAC equipment

Added: Mar 12, 2012 | By CCME Content Team