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Before Gridiron Day

With an emphasis on energy efficiency, emissions, indoor environmental quality, IoT and cybersecurity, the 2019 AHR EXPO more than held its own amidst the growing anticipation and excitement surrounding the Super Bowl in early February, writes Surendar Balakrishnan, Editor, Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Feb 10, 2019 | By B Surendar

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ASHRAE to expand role in IEQ

President shares commitment to incorporate "wellness" into technical activities

Added: Jul 23, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

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The cost of comfort…

How are air conditioning manufacturers innovating to ensure that cooling is not merely a privilege but a right, with electricity costs in Australia skyrocketing, driven by subsidies to renewables? And with the premium being placed on efficiency, how does IEQ rank in the hierarchy of needs? Hannah Jo Uy has the story…

Added: Jun 12, 2018 | By Hannah Jo Uy

‘IEQ and energy efficiency must be balanced’

Dr Marilyn Black, Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, UL, and Founder, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, while in conversation with Benwen Lopez, shares her insights on the principles of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and initiatives begun by UL...

Added: Apr 12, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

Winds of Change

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

Added: Mar 17, 2018 | By Benwen Lopez

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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

Going public with IEQ

The 4th edition of the World IEQ Forum underscored the critical role the public sector plays in achieving indoor environmental quality targets, through presentations and addresses delivered by leaders and representatives from various government agencies, as well as a discussion on IEQ-related standards and regulations. We bring you the first of our two-part coverage of the Forum.

Added: Jan 26, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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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

World IEQ Forum 2016 announces VIP speaker line-up; “unprecedented”, say the organisers

H.E. Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Sheikh Dr Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin J. Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar and Joseph G Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Director, Healthy Buildings, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, are among the key speakers at the conference.

Added: Oct 20, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

Striking a balance

While energy efficiency is gaining significant attention, and retrofitting is being incentivised, indoor air quality needs to be equally considered and carefully balanced in new buildings and retrofitting efforts, says Aisha Al Abdooli, Director, Air Quality Department at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, in this interview with B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East. Excerpts…

Added: | 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

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

‘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

‘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

Putting IEQ to the test

With the goal of raising awareness on the importance of good IEQ, while getting the real picture on hotel conditions, Qatar Green Building Council’s Healthy Buildings Interest Group carried out an IEQ survey in Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha, last year. The members of the Group looked into, among other elements, maintenance, acoustics and Indoor Air Quality. We bring you the details and results of the survey.

Added: May 2, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘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

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‘It’s about splitting the sensible heat and the latent heat completely differently’

Canada-headquartered TORO WATT has a vast range of air conditioning products that, it says, would appeal to the building retrofit market in the GCC region. Tiger Aster, the company’s CEO and Masood Raza, General Manager of Jumbo Engineering, which is distributing TORO WATT products in the GCC region, in conversation with Climate Control Middle East…

Added: Apr 26, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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

Absorbing formaldehyde from the air

US company claims it can improve IEQ and simultaneously reduce energy consumption by reducing fresh-air intakes with revolutionary new technology

Added: Apr 18, 2016 | By B Surendar

A winning approach

Can the hospitality industry achieve energy savings without compromising on guest experience? Saying that it’s doable, Denis Sorin and Aamir Riaz of Dur Hospitality share details of how their Saudi Arabia-based company has taken initiatives to meet the twin targets.

Added: Mar 17, 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

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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: Feb 14, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

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Marrying aesthetics with IEQ principles – a challenge for interior designers

Noura A Aziz, a design expert for Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal), talks with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about the role interior design plays in achieving good IEQ in healthcare facilities. She identifies common pitfalls interior designers face and suggests ways to address them.

Added: | By Fatima de la Cerna

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The real cost of downtime in hospitals – human lives

Syed Mahmood Akhter, Manager of MEP & Communication Engineering and Construction Services for the New Jeddah International Airport at M/S Builders and Contracting, talks about the challenges facing the healthcare industry from an MEP perspective. He also offers suggestions on how facility owners can ensure that they get true value for their money.

Added: Jan 18, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘Management and operations are the true life of a building’

Nasser B Abulhasan, a Principal at AGi architects, speaks with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, about his firm’s work on a cardiac research and rehabilitation centre in Kuwait, and explains why passive design elements are just as critical as active systems in achieving good IEQ and energy efficiency.

Added: Dec 14, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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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

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Branding healthcare and hospital renovation projects

Jeffrey Brand, Principal and Executive Director at Perkins Eastman, discusses the challenges involved in hospital renovations and the steps that can be taken to prevent a dip in IEQ. 

Added: Sep 6, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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‘Sick building syndrome is a huge problem in the UAE’

Leo Schuler, the Founder and CEO of Switzerland-based Pro Ace (Progressive Air Consulting and Engineering), in conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East on adopting a holistic approach in building design for better IAQ

Added: Jul 8, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

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For better physiological ease in classrooms

Intelligent building control systems are capable of meeting the objectives of a well-designed thermal comfort model and, broadly speaking, of addressing every air quality issue that is plaguing schools, says Moheet Vishwas.

Added: May 10, 2015 | By CCME Content Team

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Clearing a higher bar

In the light of a growing concern over Indoor Environmental Quality and energy effi ciency, air moving equipment manufacturers are ramping up technologies to meet the demands of an increasingly discerning market. Jerome Sanchez has the report.

Added: Jun 18, 2013 | By CCME Content Team

IEQ Special: A sounding board

The acoustic environment of a workplace is considered to be a primary driver for occupant productivity and comfort. Jerome Sanchez speaks to Andrew Jackson, Group Marketing Director at SAS International, to get an insight into the issue and the strategies his company has adopted in the region.

Added: May 16, 2013 | By CCME Content Team

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IEQ Special: How to optimise the effect of HVAC UV lamps

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has rightfully come to the forefront in HVAC system design, maintenance and operation. In this context, UVGI for HVAC systems has become a critical component for commercial buildings in the region. Mike Walrath, arguing that HVAC UV lamps are more effective when properly sized and configured, gives useful pointers.

Added: | By CCME Content Team

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IEQ Special: Towards energy-efficient ventilation

Backed by studies that clearly correlate the effect of indoor air with human health, Mats Sandor, demonstrates why proper ventilation is essential for our wellbeing and how it can be made energy-efficient.

Added: | By CCME Content Team

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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

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Venting thoughts on IAQ

Lack of adequate and efficient ventilation systems with the right airflow rate is a health hazard. Good IAQ is an essential requirement of modern living, says Gaetan Pierrefeu.

Added: Feb 20, 2011 | By CCME Content Team