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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

‘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

The price of compromising on IAQ

Highlighting that uncontrolled movement of air within a building not only compromises the design intent of the HVAC system but also increases pollutants in a building that affect our mental and physical well-being, David O’Riley makes a case for continuous monitoring to obtain real-time data to enable remedial action.

Added: May 29, 2017 | By David O'Riley

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District Cooling in the air in Jordan

The Abdali area in Jordan’s capital, Amman, needed cooling and heating solutions customised to suit the ambience of the upmarket hub, while working within the constraints of the country’s climatic conditions and water scarcity. Araner proposed a design based on air-cooled chillers with zero water consumption. We bring you the case study…

Added: Apr 18, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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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

Added: Mar 21, 2017 | By Nayantara N

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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.

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Beware the chain snatchers!

Brent Melvin succinctly sums up the roadblocks in efficient food chain logistics, and suggests that the time and money spent on due diligence and sophisticated equipment to ensure food safety prove cost-effective in the long run.

Added: Mar 15, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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AFPRO Filters joins Eurovent Middle East

Vice President of the company says that becoming a member of the body offers a huge growth opportunity in the Middle East region

Added: Feb 28, 2017 | By CCME Content Team

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Complacency: The scourge of sustainability

Led by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan, a host of decision makers, budding entrepreneurs and private sector representatives convened in Amman for AMWAJ 2016, an international forum that sought to draw attention to the water crisis in the MENA region, which they said has worrying implications for a variety of sectors and industries, including energy and cooling.

Added: Feb 27, 2017 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Leveraging on the sensibility

Dubbed as an ‘open air’ museum, Italy features a unique landscape that offers rich historical buildings and modern pioneering developments. This rare marriage, many Italians say, has subsequently apparently shaped the HVAC industry, moulding it to provide creative and one-of-a-kind solutions, and has cultivated a more cohesive dynamic between HVAC businesses and architects and between designers and construction developers. In light of the challenging economic situation, HVAC companies are now leveraging the ‘Made in Italy’ brand and ethos to reinforce their position in the international market, including in the Middle East. A Climate Control Middle East exclusive report…

Added: Feb 26, 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

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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

One for all, all for one

The onus is on the private sector to align itself to regional governments in their efforts to mitigate climate change, and to embrace solar energy as a giant leap towards a better and safer tomorrow, writes Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi

Added: Oct 27, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Biomass energy – back to basics

Calling it the future of energy, George A Kenich, CEO of Anagenesis Ecosystems Innovations, makes a case for biomass energy and exemplifies how it can meet the region’s sustainable power demands.

Added: Oct 2, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

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: Sep 22, 2016 | By B Surendar

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

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It’s trivia time!

While mining for HVACR facts, one could come across rare nuggets of interesting information. Here are a few of them. Apart from being enjoyable bits of trivia, they can spice up conversations or, better still, be deployed to stump a roomful of the fraternity…

Added: Jul 31, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

A revalving door

Energy efficiency and comfort can be achieved by using the right kind of components, which are fine-tuned to provide optimum results. The humble valve is one of them – often unseen and underrated but vital. And given the rapidly changing scenario in the region, it needs to constantly reinvent itself.

Added: Jul 25, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Breaking the mould

Building owners, operators, designers, contractors and building occupants have a lax attitude towards the issue, says Charles Blaschke, Founder and General Manager of takasolutions.

Added: Jul 24, 2016 | By Nayantara N

‘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

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

Sub-metering in District Cooling – well worth the effort

Individual metering to rationalise billing has been a prickly issue that has plagued the District Cooling sector ever since it has made inroads into the Middle East. Mohannad Khader discusses the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

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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

‘Top management wants to apply the Turkey blueprint to the whole region’

Levent Taşkın, former General Manager of Danfoss Turkey and the company’s new Regional President for Turkey, Middle East and Africa, in conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East to discuss his plans for the region, including replicating the company’s performance in the Turkey market through an improved customer service system and unified business units.

Added: Jun 29, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Should you trust the mark?

With standards on performance, energy efficiency and safety regulations growing more stringent, HVAC industry insiders are reporting an increase in market interest in third-party testing. There are, however, allegations that some manufacturers and suppliers are either faking or misrepresenting certifications. In light of such claims, we ask: How reliable are third-party certification marks? How can the issue of spurious certification be tackled? And what can be done to stop their misuse?

Added: Jun 20, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘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

Solar energy in Dubai: Sun is our limit

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, in an article written against the backdrop of announcing Dubai Solar Show, to be held from October 4 to 6, has underscored the potential of solar energy. We bring you the excerpts…

Added: May 29, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

‘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: | By Fatima de la Cerna

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: | By Fatima de la Cerna

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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

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

Pumping life into the market – energy efficiency

What can the HVAC pumps market expect in 2016? Players from the sector try to answer the question, and also share their views on the importance of flow-rate, pressure loss and operating costs, vis-à-vis the selection of pumps for HVAC applications.

Added: Apr 21, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

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

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

Where are we on VRF?

Can the market for VRFs continue to thrive in the GCC region? Opinions by a few industry players help understand the perceived status quo.

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: | 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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Sealing the sound

Jason Hird, a member of the Middle East Acoustic Society (MEAS), explains how penetrations in the plasterboard lining could compromise the integrity of the acoustic performance

Added: Feb 8, 2016 | By Nayantara N

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How Green are we?

While industry stakeholders admit there’s been considerable transformation in the region, the path to sustainability, they say, though paved with the right intentions, is not without obstacles.

Added: May 10, 2015 | By Fatima de la Cerna

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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: | By CCME Content Team

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