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Empower participates in IDEA workshop

Workshop on ‘District Energy for Warmer Climates’ highlights the role of District Cooling in smart cities

Added: Jun 12, 2018 | By CCME Content Team

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The full potential of ‘smart’ remains elusive

Industry insiders say that while there has been significant market penetration of smart building technology in the GCC region, the ride ahead is a bumpy one, owing to a plethora of complexities

Added: Jul 18, 2017 | By Benwen Lopez

‘Environmental consciousness is uncommon among MEP consultants’

The September 2016 issue of Climate Control Middle East carried a detailed report on the state of the MEP consultancy industry. Here, as a follow-up, Hassan Younes, Director at Griffin Project Development Consultants, shares his views on the topic with B Surendar. Excerpts from the Q&A…

Added: Nov 30, 2016 | 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