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Balancing sustainability and affordability

Developing new technologies and products that are energy-efficient requires investment into research and materials. Does that mean expensive end solutions?

Added: Apr 4, 2017 | By Nayantara N

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

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

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

‘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

‘It would be a major air to the market to have a more transparent industry’

The spotlight is once again trained on District Cooling, thanks to various government initiatives promoting it, bringing to fore challenges utility providers and end-users have to combat. Omnia Halawani analyses them and offers solutions, while making a plea for a streamlined sector.

Added: Jul 14, 2016 | By CCME Content Team

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Minister of Energy visits DEWA’s Sustainable Building

Utility says that the visit is one among a series by the Minister of Energy to local energy organisations to enhance communications between the Ministry and its strategic partners

Added: May 26, 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: May 24, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

Decoding COP 21

Widely lauded as a historic accord on climate change, the Paris Agreement aims to mitigate global warming, by bringing about a reduction in GHG emissions, among other goals. But what would the adoption of the agreement mean for the industry and the region? How would it shape government regulations and business decisions? We bring you responses and reactions from regional and international industry leaders and members of organisations.

Added: Apr 17, 2016 | By CCME Content Team