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Priming for 2020

What is the general sentiment among regional and international HVACR players on how the upcoming World Expo 2020 is shaping the UAE market? Widely considered an ideal stage for showcasing innovative and energy-efficient products, will the event signal a shift in the industry mindset towards the adoption of more sustainable solutions with a long-term view? Hannah Jo Uy investigates…

Added: Jan 17, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy

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‘The Middle East and Africa offer huge potential’

Ludger Bökmann, Member of the Extended Board, Head of International Business, Europe, Middle East and Africa, TROX GmbH, discusses the move to invest in a Middle East production facility for regional activities, the company’s global expansion strategy and the need to enhance technical know-how to improve IAQ. Excerpts from the interview with Hannah Jo Uy…

Added: Jan 8, 2019 | By Hannah Jo Uy

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VTS launches Wing Air Curtain

Wing is one of the quietest air curtains on the market and has both functional and aesthetic qualities, while also being energy efficient, says company’s representative

Added: Nov 20, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

Pondering over porosity, permeability

Air filters are at the heart of efforts for achieving good Indoor Air Quality. What are the factors that ensure effective filtration solutions for sustained performance?

Added: Sep 12, 2018 | By Ranjana Konatt

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The building is a differentiator to attract talent

Dr Joseph G Allen, Assistant Professor, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, and Director, Healthy Buildings, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, speaks on how healthy buildings can benefit HR and other functions, in this free-ranging interview with Surendar Balakrishnan...

Added: Jun 26, 2018 | By B Surendar

‘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: | By Benwen Lopez

Controlling the wind

It is time we got serious about eliminating uncomfortable cold air in the built-environment, says Saher Hilal

Added: Mar 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

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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

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The royal treatment

Guest comfort and sustainability are top priorities, says Irina Kurbatova, Environment, Health and Safety Director of Emirates Palace, as she talks about how the hotel maintains a well-ventilated indoor space, while still meeting energy-reduction targets.

Added: Mar 14, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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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

‘To maintain public confidence, third-party testing is absolutely necessary’

Hamid Syed, Vice President and General Manager of UL Middle East, speaks with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East about the new testing facility that the company opened in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as the different measures the company is undertaking to not only increase its presence in the Gulf market but also further its relationship with policymakers in the region.

Added: | By Fatima de la Cerna

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Germany puts its hands up

Over the years, Germany has avowedly placed ample emphasis on continuously ramping up on building performance to meet stringent domestic regulations and the expectations of a customer base that accepts only ‘zero per cent margin for error’. Today, with the Gulf region beckoning greater energy efficiency and healthier air in the building performance sector, the European country’s HVAC businesses feel they have it in them to offer potent solutions. A Climate Control Middle East exclusive report…

Added: Nov 23, 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: Oct 20, 2016 | By B Surendar

Hygenic AHUs – an option for cleaner air

Eurovent has recently announced launching a three-level hygienic certification option for the Eurovent Certified Performance programme under the existing Certita Certification for air-handling units, with an avowed objective of improving air quality. Quentin Liebens delineates on the subject.

Added: Sep 25, 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

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

What is ailing air filters?

Dr Iyad Al-Attar lists a few practices explaining the reason behind frequent failure of air filters.

Added: Jul 12, 2016 | By Nayantara N

Down Under eyes top spot

Australia has been making news in the HVACR industry for all the right reasons, from new efficiency-rating tools to a stringent regulatory framework, especially to improve the retrofit sector – a model worth replicating in the Middle East region. Australia’s success lies in its desire to create an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient society.

Added: Jun 27, 2016 | By Mohammed Abdul Hai

‘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

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

Painting the city Green

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, acclaimed to be the world’s first zero-carbon project, while using IAQ-enhancing paints from Jotun, helped the company improve its product assessment process and make its supply chain more sustainable. We bring you the case study…

Added: Feb 17, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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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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‘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: | 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

Keeping IT cool

As data centres try to keep pace with rapidly changing usage patterns, so do their cooling techniques. Industry experts share insights and updates on best practices and technologies.

Added: Oct 13, 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...

Added: Jun 3, 2015 | 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

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

How safe are air cleaning appliances?

Growing awareness about the importance of Indoor Air Quality has elicited an increased interest in air cleaning products in the HVAC industry. Though there is a wide array of appliances which employ sophisticated technologies, they also come with caveats and safety considerations that need to be addressed, says Chante’ White Maurio. She evaluates the options available.

Added: Jun 13, 2012 | By CCME Content Team

Waiting to exhale …

In Part 13 of the series on air filtration, Dr Iyad Al-Attar dispels misconceptions regarding particle straining and highlights the fact that the subject deserves greater attention.

Added: Apr 14, 2012 | By Dr Iyad Al-Attar

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