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Daikin to participate in The Hotel Show Dubai

Company speaks of encouraging the hotel industry to go green with chillers and heat pumps as novel methods for producing hot water, of wanting to contribute towards accelerating the hospitality sector’s transition to carbon net-zero.

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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

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IAQ and building tracing

As early as September 2020, Jeremy McDonald, a professional engineer with New York-based Guth Deconzo Consulting Engineers, writing in Climate Control Middle East magazine, spoke of the need for a building tracing programme – essentially, an audit of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) performance of buildings. This was at the height of the outbreak of […]

Added: May 11, 2022 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


On overdrive?

Has the drives market been witnessing an uptick in sales, induced by greater awareness on IAQ, post the pandemic, and the general call for greater energy efficiency in the HVACR industry? Surendar Balakrishnan has the story…

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Building tracing

Why auditing and certifying buildings on their IAQ performance is crucial for infection control

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Why does IAQ matter in real estate?

Yousuf Fakhruddin, CEO, Fakhruddin Properties, gives the lowdown on how developers are thinking about the air we breathe

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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


Wilo reports achieving record sales

Pumping systems manufacturer says it ended the fiscal year 2021 with sales of nearly EUR 1.7 billion

Added: Apr 21, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


Eurovent to host AHU webinar

Joint event by Eurovent, Eurovent Middle East and Eurovent Certita Certification to spotlight energy efficiency of air-handling units in hot and humid climates

Added: Apr 14, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


Between the lines…

Among the Empanelled Guest Columnists we have recently introduced is Krishnan Unni Madathil, who writes a bi-monthly article analysing macro-economic and geopolitical trends. Krishnan has a singular mind with an ability to pull together diverse happenings and find a common thread running through them.  His column is not necessarily HVACR-specific, but it serves a vital […]

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Liquidity issues

With COVID-exacerbated cash flow issues to the fore in the building construction industry, what are the ramifications of insolvency of owner, main contractor and the supply chain?

Added: Apr 10, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


IoT in hospitality

Strong IoT-based energy management systems showcase expedited ROI, achieved in 14-18 months, says Rahul Bhalla, Co-Founder & CEO, Zenatix Solutions.

Added: Apr 9, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


Changing of guard at ebm-papst

Marco Duarte replaced Koen van Nistelrooij as Managing Director of ebm-papst Middle East on April 1. Here, in this interview with Climate Control Middle East, Marco and Koen, who will be switching to ebm-papst Benelux from August 2022, elaborate on the transition…

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Why third-party is the way forward

Independent, industry factory-trained and certified chiller service specialist organisations offer superior services and solutions.

Added: Apr 7, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


Humidification – one size does not fit all

Most HVAC contractors do not regularly undertake humidification projects, so acquiring enough experience to avoid the possible pitfalls can be difficult. Mahmoud Widyan, General Manager, Condair Middle East, elaborates on what any contractor taking on a humidification project ought to consider.

Added: Apr 6, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


MEP stakeholder health at core of discussions

The 5th edition of The Client, Consultant, Contractor Conference will elaborate on business growth opportunities and examine signs linked to financial stability.

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Samsung equips Museum of the Future with VRF systems

Designed to circulate continuous flows of cooling vertically, the VRF systems are set to provide higher energy efficiency, individualised control and installation flexibility, company says

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Multi-Wing releases fan specification App

OPTIMISER 11 is an easy-to-use resource for original equipment engineers to specify the Multi-Wing fan for their application

Added: Mar 29, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


WIKA joins Eurovent

Swiss industrial manufacturer comes on board as Corresponding Member.

Added: Feb 25, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


AAF gets new COO for EEMEA, CIS, SAARC countries

Shailesh Nigam takes office with a mandate to lead key management and cross-functional operations, including acquisitions, reconditioning, logistics, sales-support, customer experience and growth operations, company says

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Honeywell, Etisalat Misr sign MoU

Objective is to create advanced solutions for smart buildings, communities and cities, former says

Added: Feb 8, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


HVACIT out of the park

Charmaine Fernz examines the extent of use of IT-enabled HVACR devices in the building construction industry

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Belimo launches IAQ gas monitoring devices

Among other features, combined CANbus and BACnet MS/TP networking allow standalone operation or seamless integration into the BMS, company says

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Vertiv becomes Eurovent’s newest member

Its Global Compliance Director says the company looks forward to working with Eurovent to develop new solutions for efficient and sustainable systems with the latest standards for the environment

Added: Jan 11, 2022 | By CCME Content Team


Retrofitting for better IAQ

Bin Dasmal Contracting says it is flying against the face of conventional building-retrofit objectives to focus not only on energy efficiency but also on improving indoor air quality. Surendar Balakrishnan in conversation with Sahul Hameed, General Manager of the company. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: Dec 23, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Intent and sequence

Rheem opens manufacturing facility in Dubai as a manifestation of next stage of regional engagement

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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


Sweden hosts Systemair seminar

Event elaborates on the progress of the HVAC industry in the context of sustainable development

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Shifting focus, keeping the balance

Amidst vaccine roll-outs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus shifts from energy efficiency to the need for better Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). What are the concerns and challenges in this respect? Ranjana Konatt, Online Writer, Climate Control Middle East, presents an overview…

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Capex-opex conundrum

This article is to demonstrate the direct higher operating costs linked to a customer making a decision based on the first cost of evaporative cooling equipment; The importance and fast payback that certified evaporative cooling equipment brings to the total system cost is very evident, say Rafael Van Eijcken, General Manager, BAC Middle East, and Emmanuel Timothy, Senior Project Engineer, BAC Middle East

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AHR Expo announces 2022 Education Program

Sessions will offer insight and access to HVACR leadership, opportunities, challenges, training and applications, International Exposition Company, the organizer of the show, says

Added: Nov 22, 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


The Purdue paint

Whilst the world was preparing for COP26, a Purdue professor and his team of researchers announced the formulation of the world’s whitest acrylic paint. Dr Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at the university, said the paint, which contains an extremely high concentration of barium sulphate, has the ability to reflect 98.1% of solar […]

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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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The advancing of energy efficiency in the MENA Region behind the move, AHRI says

Added: Oct 18, 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

Snow Cape

Going to the Finnish Line

This is the first in a series on the World Expo, in Dubai, in the context of the HVACR industry

Added: Oct 7, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Güntner launches new air cooler

Company says it has collaborated with customers to launch its most advance process air cooler yet

Added: Sep 15, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


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


Moisture-free, leak-free

Dan Mizesko elaborates on the importance of proper chiller evacuation, dehydration and the Standing Vacuum Test

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‘Arbitrary conclusions’

VRF systems have a strong case going for them and deserve accurate observations, argue Utpal Joshi, V. Sekhar Reddy and Dharmesh Sawant…

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Why we do what we do

In the July 2021 issue of the magazine, Dan Mizesko, writing his monthly column (Licence to Chill), dismissed variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems as inferior in their energy performance when compared to chilled water systems, and raised doubts over their operational safety. In doing so, he opened a can of worms, his words attracting criticism […]

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Phileo, Hall Mark launch AmericanACparts.com

Joint-venture initiative aims to foster availability of genuine spare parts and associated technical support through availability of expertise from the manufacturer’s side

Added: Aug 25, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan



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


BIM is not a standalone discipline

We are not employing BIM to its full potential, says Chris Meir, adding that the way it is often carried out in the region lacks true collaboration

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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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Hello, silo!

If anything, the pandemic is revealing the frustration of engineers out to implement air quality measures in buildings, only to discover that the buildings in question were not designed to support the intervention. For years, buildings have faced IAQ-neglect from the pre-design stage up to handover and the subsequent operation and maintenance period. Broadly speaking, […]

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New Dubai homeowners up for lifecycle analysis of AC units

Hitches & Glitches points out to residential communities such as The Springs, Greens, Meadows & Lakes, all over 15 years old, where air conditioning units are coming to the end of their lifespan

Added: Jul 26, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


The Big 5 returns to Dubai as a live event

Global construction players to reconnect in person to support the MENA region’s USD 5.06 trillion future project market, the organisers say

Added: Jul 25, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


‘We aim to reduce power consumption by 35 million kWh per year by 2023’

Atef Mohamed Awadh AlBreiki, SVP of Operations, National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed), describes the utility company’s concerted drive to retrofit its chillers and pumps with variable frequency drives. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Jul 11, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


‘Build back greener from the pandemic’

Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador for MENA Region, calls for supporting the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, which aims to double the energy efficiency of four key products – electric motors, room air conditioners, refrigerators and lighting by 2030. Excerpts from the interview she gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East.

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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…

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It’s about the people

While it is agreed that the HVACR industry attends to mission-critical needs of society, why is it lagging behind in attracting talent? And why is it falling short in typical HR-related KPIs? Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East has the story…

Added: Jul 10, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Musings of a manufacturer

A few days ago, I had the opportunity of interacting with Amiruddin Thanawalla, the Managing Director of Dubai-headquartered Prime Focus Group, which as you probably would know manufactures airside equipment. (Before I go any further, this is not intended to be a plug for the company but merely an expression of what’s going on in […]

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KRN gets new Global Commercial Director

Heat exchanger manufacturer says new appointee will be responsible for its international growth, starting with Middle East and Europe

Added: Jun 28, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Eurovent, FAIAR sign MoU

Organisations join forces to level the playing field in the HVACR sector

Added: Jun 23, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


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

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‘Purchasing online is almost a daily action’

The rate of attrition and change in people’s buying trends has accelerated in a way that most of us would not have imagined, says Steve Day, Sales Manager Middle East, Goveco, which reportedly has over 240,000 product lines, including AHUs and diffusers. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East…

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‘Pandemic has ushered in new customer needs’

Masaaki Miyatake, Chairman and President, Daikin MEA, in an exclusive interview he gave to Surendar Balakrishnan of Climate Control Middle East, speaks of how the company is rapidly leveraging its solutions to continuously evolve with market requirements. Excerpts from the interview…

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The sheer joy of ‘brick & mortar’ events

Whilst webinars served as an indispensable bridge to discussions at the onset of the pandemic, there was no denying the feeling of inadequacy in communication. There was no issue with the quorum on most occasions, but the sheer inability to spontaneously communicate, to make eye-contact, to view a gesture of the hand – which often […]

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SPX launches new MH Fluid Cooler models

Says they broaden application flexibility, adding that choice of copper, HDG steel and stainless coils provide Eurovent-certified performance in HVAC and industrial applications

Added: Jun 16, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


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


Emerson celebrates 100 years of Copeland technology

Company marks 100 years of air conditioning and refrigeration innovation through Copeland, which it says combines ‘inventiveness’ with legacy of expertise to solve critical sustainability challenges for customers worldwide

Added: Jun 11, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


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


Why the Hx should we go with copper?

Frank Gao and Kerry Song of International Copper Association, Yoram Shabtay of Heat Transfer Technologies and Harry Schmitz of The Kellen Company explain the role copper heat exchangers could play in safeguarding the atmosphere.

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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…

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Valves and Critical Spaces

Using the wrong air valve technology in operating theatres and isolation rooms can not only negatively affect the performance of the space but potentially render the entire air management system unstable, says Syed Taqi Hussain

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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

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Virtually possible?

How indulgent is the construction marketplace towards digital HVACR stores? Are design engineers and consultants willing to select products on the basis of viewing them on screen?

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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

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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, […]

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Staggering amounts of raw data

Peter Thomsen, Director, Building Systems Solutions Group, Armstrong Fluid Technology, in this interview he gave to Ranjana Maria Konatt of Climate Control Middle East, talks about the arrival of digitalization as a way to build digital twin for both optimization and condition-based maintenance. Excerpts…

Added: May 15, 2021 | By Ranjana Konatt


The right mix of skills

Digital transformation in the refrigeration domain calls for a thorough knowledge in refrigeration systems and controls systems, along with digital literacy, says Raja Subramanyam

Added: May 12, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Parking the money on consolidation

It is essential to once again concentrate on core strengths and pivot the portfolio, say V Sekhar Reddy and Rahul Duragkar

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Purpose of MoU is collaboration on ultraviolet technology and indoor environmental quality source publications, Society says

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Tecon appoints Kasprowicz as CEO

Engineering firm says his expertise in building technologies will be crucial for the improvement of current, and the development of new opportunities

Added: May 10, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Carel signs agreement to acquire 51% of CFM Soğutma

Company says the transaction is aligned with two of its key strategic directions: geographical expansion outside western Europe and the development of the services business – on-field and digital

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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


Why recirculate indoor air?

This is the question Samuele Peli, General Manager Sales EMEA of Seeley International likes to ask, adding that increasing the intake of fresh air will increase energy consumption, which in turn, will drive the demand for more efficient systems, like evaporative cooling. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Ranjana Konatt of Climate Control Middle East

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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


Dunli launches X-Pro axial fans

The fans are designed to feature the latest rear guide vane and three-dimensional impeller, company says

Added: May 3, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Carrier launches Abound

Company describes it as a digital platform to create smarter, more resilient spaces that improve occupant health

Added: Apr 27, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

ASHRAE launches Vision 2030 webpage

Society says the digital platform provides guidance to support intelligent design, construction and operation for a resilient built-environment

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Carel launches pCOe

Company says it has widened its range of I/O expansions with the development of the new digital input expansion board

Added: Apr 22, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

Ignore Digitalisation at your own peril

Digitalisation can squeeze out profits from system operations, ensuring savings in terms of running costs resulting from slower depreciation of machines, decrease in labour costs and from energy savings, says Raja Subramanyam, adding that machine failures and system stoppages, which could cause loss of several thousands of dollars, can be avoided

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Where does the industry stand when it comes to the adoption of smart technologies in facilities management (FM)? Given the reported tangible and intangible benefits of digital solutions, what are the main bottlenecks that building owners face when it comes to investing in smart FM, and how can the industry overcome them to improve energy efficiency and IEQ? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

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The Cinderella treatment of Cx, RCx

Commissioning (Cx) and retro-commissioning (RCx) do not come for discussion in the design, delivery and the eventual operation of many new construction and existing buildings, says Ian Fail-Brown, adding that their avoidance directly impacts energy efficiency, reliability and IAQ

Added: Apr 9, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

Different approaches towards course correction

While we are up against hurdles, there are still positive features that we can explore, but for that we must be prepared to accept that adaptation is the key, as is survival of the quickest, as is forced entrepreneurship, say V Sekhar Reddy, Managing Director, Lexzander and Rahul Duragkar, Managing Director, Emitech Group

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Who’s fixing the leak?

For several years now, the pages of Climate Control Middle East have resonated with calls for visiting the issue of minimum number of fresh air changes an hour. Those that wish to place health above every other consideration have strongly supported the move, but building managers have largely said it is not even a subject […]

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Navigating 2021

The year ahead presents opportunities in the form of smaller projects, which were often neglected among the large-scale Middle East-size projects that the region is famous for, says Avin Gidwani, by way of offering hope in a scenario where the dearth of new project contract awards in 2020 will result in a significant shortfall of available work for HVAC businesses in 2021

Added: Apr 7, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Ariston announces commitment to UN sustainability goals

Company says it will generate more than 80% of revenue from innovative and sustainable water heating technologies by 2022, acting consistently with the United Nations sustainable development goals

Added: Mar 24, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


Rubber World Industry launches AED 90mn HVAC production unit

Company says the new entity, ‘United Air-Conditioning’, based in Ajman, will complement its efforts in manufacturing heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, cooling, mechanical, electrical and plumbing products, parts and accessories for commercial and residential use in the UAE

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A digital transformation in food retail and other aspects of the food cold chain has vast positive implications on operational efficiency, argues Raja Subramanyam

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Rafael Van Eijcken, General Manager – Middle East, Turkey and India, Baltimore Aircoil Middle East speaks candidly, on how cooling tower manufacturers are navigating the market conditions in the GCC region, on energy saving opportunities that can be unlocked with new and existing technologies, and on the need to consolidate the fragmented standards and certifications landscape. Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

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The Crux of Building Performance

Commissioning is arguably the most cost-effective process for short term and long-term advantages to building owners, facility managers and building occupants, says Martin Williamson. However, he adds, there are many projects in the GCC region, where commissioning is not utilised or is carried out to a low standard.

Added: Mar 16, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

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…

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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 Great Reboot

The UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment recently described the approval and implementation of the country’s new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), tied to achieving the climate change mitigation goals of the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, as a key milestone, adding that the “move falls under our national economic and energy diversification drive, manifested […]

Added: Feb 23, 2021 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


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…

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With Germany’s green hydrogen economy being further fuelled by a EUR 9 billion investment from the government, the port city of Hamburg has embarked on a bold initiative to build one of the world's largest electrolysers. Stefan Kleimeier of Wärme Hamburg GmbH, Hamburg's municipal heat supplier, speaks on the collaboration with Vattenfall, Shell and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

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Wilo Middle East acquires PumpsPro

Under the terms of the agreement, company says it will hold all the assets of the latter, and also its service workforce, brand and portfolio of customers

Added: Feb 17, 2021 | By CCME Content Team

ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference to be held virtually

To be held in Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona, the event will provide actionable and innovative content to support HVACR and building systems professionals, Society says

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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


‘One cup at a time’

Andrés Londoño and Santiago Londoño, third- and fourth-generation farmers of Colombian Exotic Coffee, discuss the family-owned company’s commitment and investment to pioneering innovative cold chain processes, as part of its move to revolutionise the Middle East market’s coffee experience

Added: Feb 8, 2021 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Fresh food, with minimum energy

Danfoss says its Alsense IoT services, equipped with a holistic store-level software suite, will empower food retailers

Added: Jan 24, 2021 | By CCME Content Team


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

A complete 180

Dan Mizesko, Managing Partner/President, U.S. Chiller Services International, speaks candidly on how the changing political landscape and occupancy trends, triggered by COVID-19, will impact the built-environment across the United States. Excerpts from the interview he gave to Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East…

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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…

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‘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

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


Systemair in Hygienic Air Handling Unit initiative

Says it has become first major manufacturer to offer Eurovent-certified performance for the units; adds the certification combines requirements of multiple hygienic standards in a single programme with an easy 1-3 star rating, depending on the hygienic demands

Added: Dec 10, 2020 | By CCME Content Team


Lexzander, Emitech enter into a JV

Aim to offer MEP project management and other solutions to the AED 25-30 million market segment with shorter conversion time and optimised resources

Added: Dec 1, 2020 | By Surendar Balakrishnan


Leminar hosts annual Customer Conference

Third edition of the event provides a platform for the company’s partners, including Rheem, Soler & Palau, Kimmco Isover, Frese, Clima Uno, Galloway Acoustics and Winters to showcase their solutions

Added: Nov 25, 2020 | By CCME Content Team

Writing its own chapter

Similar to its neighbours in the GCC region, Kuwait is exhibiting a growing consciousness towards the finite nature of its resources. What are the main drivers moving Kuwait out of its comfort zone, as it writes its chapter on energy efficiency and indoor air quality, in the context of the growth of the GCC region? Hannah Jo Uy has the story...

Added: Apr 16, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

A cosmopolitan affair

ISK-SODEX Istanbul, recognised as the third-largest HVACR fair, globally, received a more diverse range of international visitors in its 2018 edition, thus providing a snapshot of global trends driving the industry. Exhibitors showcased their latest innovations and current product ranges, shared their strategies for penetrating local and overseas markets and explained how they are navigating an increasingly homogenous business environment that puts a premium on efficiency, quality and cost. In this comprehensive coverage, Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East presents profiles of those that participated...

Added: Mar 20, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

Winds of Change

How are robotics and artificial intelligence shaping the HVAC industry? What are the implications?

Added: Mar 17, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

An integrated approach

Economic concerns have not dampened Italy’s drive to meet its environmental targets. Reportedly, the country’s integrated efforts to promote sustainable practices across the value chain have impacted consumer behaviour and building practices. How are HVACR manufacturers coping with the resulting trends, and what are the implications for Brand Italy in the global market? Hannah Jo Uy has the story...

Added: Feb 13, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


Lu-Ve Group introduces new series of condensers

Company also presents what is describes as an intelligent defrosting apparatus; innovations, it says, are a result of collaboration with Polytechnic University of Milan

Added: Feb 8, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

Wheels in motion

With ambitious new projects seemingly underway and previously set targets to be accountable for, Saudi Arabia appears to be on the move. How is the HVACR industry coping with the Kingdom’s proactive approach to diversifying its economy? Hannah Jo Uy has the story...

Added: Jan 17, 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


Danfoss joins Eurovent Middle East

Company representative expresses interest in wanting to contribute towards the development of the region’s standards

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Etisalat in IoT drive

IoT solutions set to boost the country’s energy-efficiency graph, says official

Added: Jan 11, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez


And we have here…

In this, the second part of our coverage of The Big 5 Dubai 2017, which ran from November 26 to 29,2017, we present to you more profiles of companies that participated in the mega exhibition…

Added: Jan 9, 2018 | By CCME Content Team


The road ahead…

Stakeholders blighted by payment delays and the experience of being at the receiving end of lopsided contracts expressed their feelings at The Consultant Contractor Conference 2017, in September in Dubai. In the first of a two-part report, Benwen Lopez presents the discussions that unfolded at the event.

Added: Nov 29, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

‘Interventions should focus on minimising the UHI effect’

Matthias Roth, Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, speaks exclusively with Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East on his work as a principal investigator in the Urban Climate Lab, the international move towards climate-sensitive design, and on how recognition of the importance of Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in the GCC region can serve as a catalyst in the efforts to improve outdoor thermal comfort and, as a result, reduce the use of energy and emission of greenhouse gases. Excerpts…

Added: Nov 25, 2017 | By CCME Content Team


Split decision

Are inverters helping split systems garner a greater share of the air conditioning market? Or, are there still questions to be answered relating to their performance in high-ambient – especially T3 – conditions, which demand that the inverter operates on a higher load, as opposed to a partial-load profile? What are manufacturers doing to overcome the challenge, if it is, indeed, the case? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

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SKM launches R-1234ze chillers

UAE-based air conditioning manufacturer says initiative will help meet higher energy-efficiency standards in the region

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And the twain have met

It is widely believed that Turkey’s strategic location, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and its skilled workforce constitute a winning formula for its HVACR industry

Added: Oct 15, 2017 | By Hannah Jo Uy


BELIMO to join Eurovent Middle East

Manufacturer of actuator and valve technology says the motivation for joining the association comes from a need to promote a coordinated approach towards standardisation, legislation and public initiatives

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Blue Star forms subsidiary company

Blue Star International FZCO will be headquartered in Dubai; Dawood Bin Ozair has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer

Added: Jul 9, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

No Brainer!

That’s how Prashanth B S characterises the decision to use LED lighting technology, which he proves through metrics as having a substantial reduction in the cooling load of a building.

Added: Jun 15, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

As good as new!

In a scenario where a substantial number of water-cooled chillers in the region have started to reach maturity, Dan Mizesko offers two retrofit solutions that meet existing levels of efficiency as well as convert to refrigerants compliant with today’s needs.

Added: May 30, 2017 | By Dan Mizesko

Information on the go

Dilip Sinha, General Manager (Middle East, Turkey and Africa), Honeywell-Environmental and Energy Solutions, talks to Benwen Lopez of Climate Control Middle East on the company’s initiatives related to intelligent building systems. Excerpts from the interview…

Added: May 18, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

Keeping emissions, heat at bay

Michigan, US-based restaurant brings in the Great Outdoors with retractable windows and air curtains; says improvements to HVAC and addition of air curtains increases sales by 30%

Added: Mar 1, 2017 | 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

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

Controlling the controllables

Though BMS has been available in the market for many years, end-users continue to face obstacles that prevent them from fully reaping its benefits. One such obstacle, various stakeholders believe, is the industry-wide shortage of knowledgeable and skilled BMS operators. RMS has been proposed as a solution to overcome the problem, but is the region ready to deploy the technology?

Added: Aug 17, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Foul play

Given that cooling towers play a critical role in process cooling in HVAC applications, it helps to be aware of the pitfalls one could encounter. We collate the most important ones for easy reference…

Added: | By Pratibha Umashankar

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

How smart is your building?

Pointing out that knowledge of control applications can go a long way in eliciting optimal advantage from a Building Management System, Arvind K Swarnkar lists thumb rules to help follow best practices for control systems in a smart building.

Added: Jul 24, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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

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

‘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: Feb 15, 2016 | 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


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


IEQ in hospitals – human being is the yardstick

A hospital needs to be a healthy place, be it for patients, staff or visitors, says Faisal Zaidi, who gives pointers to achieve the goal through HVAC solutions.

Added: Nov 10, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

‘Ventilation and HVAC, especially, are significant considerations’

Mohammed R Alyemeni, Senior Advisor at TVM | Capital Healthcare Partners for Saudi Arabia & the GCC countries, and former Deputy Health Minister of Saudi Arabia for Planning & Health Economics, speaks with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about the projects the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom has lined up for the next few years and the challenges involved. Excerpts...

Added: Aug 12, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna


Enter the dragon

Market players say that the world no longer perceives China as a haven for counterfeit products. Through conscious efforts to research and develop new technologies, the HVAC industry in China is already transitioning its image from “made in China” to “innovated in China”.

Added: Jul 9, 2015 | By Rajiv Pillai

Decisively green

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

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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


Pockets of resistance

There appears to be a preconceived notion that the greater the surface area covered, the more efficient the filter performance, which leads to the introduction of extra pockets. Dr Iyad Al-Attar systematically dispels this notion and emphasises the need for a filtration strategy for achieving better Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Added: Mar 10, 2013 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar

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


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


Air Filtration: The interconnection we need to admit

In the sixth part of the series on air filtration, Iyad Al-Attar examines the impact of filter fouling on fan efficiency, heat transfer mechanism and the occupant’s thermal comfort.

Added: Jul 30, 2011 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar


Clearing the air … about filtration

Air filtration, as we all know, is the process of separating dispersed particles from a dispersing fluid by means of porous media.

Added: Feb 20, 2011 | By CCME Content Team


Duct Tales

Manufacturers brace for the increasing demand for ductwork and design in the region

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

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