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Article 5 Group 2 countries have till 2028 to freeze the import and consumption of HFCs. Will the extended deadline serve as a cushion for complacency? Or, will they use the time to get ahead of the curve and initiate a more orderly transition?



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Al Fullerton, Vice President, Trane

‘Sustainable solutions, digitalisation are the way ahead’ Dr Udo Huenger, Vice President, Middle East, BASF



“As we build Smart, we need to neutralise structures to avoid Electromagnetic Stress” Pooja Srivastav, Chief Energizing Officer, Shreem International Consultancy and Dubai’s first Building Biologist



Driving change Frank Taaning Grundholm, VP, Global HVAC Sales – Drives, Robotics and Motion Division, ABB

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Pradeep Singh, Manager – Business Development & Technical, Etihad ESCO

Sathisha Shetty, Project Engineer (MEP), Group Engineering & Projects, Shared Services Center, Emirates National Oil Company Limited (ENOC)



30 ‘Thinking in multiples’ Dharmesh Sawant, Sales Director, Hisense VRF, Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Air-conditioning Marketing Co., Ltd.

38 ‘Understanding critical spaces’ Syed Taqi Hussain, Managing Partner, Green Tech FZC

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Dr Marcus G. George, CEO, Partner, Engineering - Consortium Consulting Engineer


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‘Refrigeration plays an authoritative role in the oil & gas sector’


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Will the extended deadline given to Article 5 Group 2 countries serve as a cushion for complacency? Or, will the region use the time to get ahead of the curve? Key insights from participants in the 3rd edition of Refrigerants Review, held on March 24, in Dubai



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Country report: irAq A closer look at the nation’s road to rehabilitation

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Article 5 Group 2 countries have till 2028 to freeze the import and consumption of HFCs. Will the extended deadline serve as a cushion for complacency? Or, will they use the time to get ahead of the curve and initiate a more orderly transition?

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n the span of three weeks, two personalities on completely unrelated occasions spoke on the virtues of the ‘Wait, watch, act’ approach. Dr Nacer Achaichia of Honeywell, while participating in the 3rd edition of Refrigerants Review conference on March 24 in Dubai, said: “One of the mistakes Europe made when they moved from R-22 was to adopt R-404A, which has a very high global warming potential (GWP). So, it is good the Middle East has come in late on the action that needs to be taken, because you can learn from the mistakes Europe made.” The second personality was Ismail AlMarzooqi, the Chief Executive Officer of South Energy, the newest District Cooling utility in Dubai. He spoke of how South Energy has evolved a model based on watching and learning. He elaborated on how he had spent years observing a common trend in the GCC region of building ‘monolithic monsters’, a term Ken Currie, a senior industry professional in the region, used to characterise large District Cooling plants. Out of that learning, AlMarzooqi said, he decided to take the route of building plants that are around the 20,000 TR mark, and establishing a network of such capacities that allows for distributed cooling. Such a model, he said, works well for him in mitigating risk and optimising cost in the objective of cooling the facilities that make the Dubai South project, which spread over an area of an astonishing 145 square kilometres, is arguably the largest land area by a single developer. In mid-June, we shall be conducting the next edition of DC Dialogue, one of the oldest meetings of District Cooling professionals in the region, with the first edition held in May 2007. AlMarzooqi, it is expected, will be a participant and will elaborate on his approach. Broadly speaking, the conference will discuss the policies and technologies that can help reduce primary energy use by 70%. Al Marzooqi’s expected participation is all the more relevant, because at South Energy, the move is to harness and use solar energy to meet at least five per cent of the requirement for operating the entire District Cooling regime. Now, five per cent may be akin to a drop in the ocean, but it is a start and perhaps a harbinger of something exciting.

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he 3rd edition of Refrigerants Review, which took place on March 24, 2019, at the Falcon Ballroom, Le Meridien Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai, UAE, examined the refrigerants emerging in the landscape and fostered discussions involving government bodies, building owners, consultants and contractors in the Middle East on how to time a switchover to a set of refrigerants that are specifically suitable for high-ambient conditions, while simultaneously addressing the need for aligning with global efforts towards mitigating climate change.


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n January 1, 2019, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, ratified by 65 countries (as of December 21, 2018), came into effect. The amendment aims to reduce HFCs in air conditioning, refrigeration and other related sectors by more than 80% in the next 30 years. A UN report on this says: “If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer.”*


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‘If’ is the operative word in the UN statement. Undoubtedly, there is a growing consensus among the international community on the need for urgency in addressing climate change; however, the ‘right path’ in terms of climate action remains a highly debated topic, especially in certain countries. Classified under the Article 5 Group 2 of the Amendment, Bahrain, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were given a 2028 freeze date for the import and consumption of HFCs, four years later than the 2024 deadline given to other developing countries, in recognition

Following the enforcement of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, stakeholders from the international HVACR industry are left having to navigate an increasingly complex refrigerant landscape in view of looming targets. Although for many countries in the Middle East the freezedate for the import and consumption of HFCs, set at 2028, is some years away, decisionmakers reflect on opportunities for futureproofing equipment and buildings, with an eye on managing cost and ensuring safety. Will the extended deadline given to these Article 5 Group 2 countries serve as a cushion for complacency? Or, will the region use the time to get ahead of the curve? Hannah Jo Uy draws key insights from participants of the 3rd edition of Refrigerants Review, held on March 24, in Dubai…

factors hampering the move to low-GWP of the unique challenges facing these BOTTLENECKS FOR solutions. Mazen K Hussein, Head - National nations. There are concerns, however, on TRANSITIONING Ozone Unit, Ministry of Environment, whether the extended deadline will be seen Assuredly, for a more orderly migration Lebanon, says that alternatives for as a cushion, allowing stakeholders to be in 2028, there is an urgent need for refrigerants currently in the market are not complacent. stakeholders in the Middle East to act now. yet mature enough for the needs of the James Walters, Vice According to the general sector, especially in the GCC region, in view President, International Affairs, sentiment in the market, in of the high-ambient conditions. AHRI, believes that just because addition to the environmental Undoubtedly, a large number of solution Article 5 countries are given the implications, there are hidden providers are offering innovative products luxury of time doesn’t mean costs in ignoring the inevitable. and technologies with the promise that they should wait. “Everyone P R Jagannathan, Manager – they will meet stakeholder requirements. has to be more diligent,” he Sustainability, Trakhees PCFC, However, Jagannathan says, unless proven in says, pointing out that the highlighting the multifaceted the market, it’s difficult to have full-fledged extension allows stakeholders nature of transitioning, says James Walters deployment of such emerging technologies to explore effective alternative that when it comes to the just yet. Echoing Jagannathan, Rangan refrigerant solutions that will phasedown or phase-out of says that extensive deployment is not as address the main “triangle of refrigerants, acceleration easy as one would hope. He points out that interest” – safety, efficiency is subject to societal, assessing the readiness of the technology and availability. “Don’t make environmental and economic is a highly scientific process, where quick decisions hastily without forces. Thus, there is a need performance, safety, reliability, footprint, enough information,” he says. for a holistic approach to energy efficiency and other features are “Make better decisions, today.” tackle the issue, as there is no validated. With new refrigerants, he says, Markus Lattner, Director, one-size-fits-all solution. Bjorn compressor compatibility, oil return issues, Eurovent Middle East, also Ostbye, Project Development aerodynamic profiling, performance testing believes that the industry Manager, Lulu Hypermarkets Markus Lattner and certifications are important aspects that should take this time to Group, reflecting on how must be taken into consideration. “Suppliers, prepare, saying that challenges refrigeration underpins the in turn, generally declare performances after faced by manufacturers and group’s operations throughout rigorous tests in the R&D and Beta Tests,” building owners in Europe the region, says, “We have to he says. “And most have to get products in complying with F-Gas look into the future in order certified by AHRI or Eurovent Regulation provide valuable to ensure other and need to comply with the experience, which stakeholders investment local MEPS codes.” in the Middle East region could goes into right For solutions that do make use of to do things better. direction.” This manage to overcome the Dr Nacer Achaichia, Technology is especially Dr Nacer Achaichia considerations that Rangan Director - EMEA, Honeywell, important listed and get deployed adds that Middle East countries since, as Dr M commercially, there is still have an incredible opportunity to learn Ramaswamy, Technical Expert a question on whether the from the mistakes made in Europe, such as - Royal Estates, Royal Court market is willing to adopt such its move from R-22 to R-404A, which has a Affairs, Sultanate of Oman, Torben Funder-Kristensen technologies, given the likely global warming potential (GWP) of 4,000. says the upward trajectory higher investment compared Dr Achaichia says manufacturers in Europe in demand is set to grow in to conventional solutions. As now have to move away from R-404A, the coming years, with the an end-user, Eid Mohammed, once again, emphasising that Middle East refrigeration market in the Senior Mechanical Engineer, countries must avoid interim solutions and Middle East expected to reach Design Department, Ministry leapfrog to HFOs. USD 1.023 billion by 2024. of Infrastructure Development, Torben Funder-Kristensen, Head of Public Providing figures related to UAE, says that in his projects, & Industry Affairs, Danfoss, believes that air conditioning, Srinivasan selection of refrigerant is based with all the R&D on commercial integration Rangan, a subject matter on safety, efficiency, reliability of low-GWP refrigerants in the next 4-5 expert on refrigerants, says the P R Jagannathan and availability, especially for years, the actual phasedown in the Middle estimated value of the market projects that may last 20-25 East will happen even before the schedule, for HVAC products in the years. The most important provided stakeholders implement the Middle East is USD 2 billion, factor in influencing equipment necessary educational framework. Lattner and that when it comes to the choice, though, he says, is says that as a starting point, authorities in issue of refrigerants “every cost. Nikhil Barve, Assistant the Middle East should prioritise collation of stakeholder has their business Director for Operations & region-specific data on the market situation plans at stake”. Maintenance, Emaar District to better assess existing equipment in When it comes to Cooling, seconds this. Speaking circulation and its conditions, in order to be transitioning, many from his experience able to better plan for the long- and even stakeholders believe it is Bjorn Ostbye operating large-tonnage medium-term future. important to first identify

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of adopting and investing in equipment with chillers, Barve says that Emaar owners don’t even know what new refrigerants. For consultants, he says, the tries to initiate a dialogue a refrigerant is,” he stresses. main issues are performance and the number with chiller manufacturers to Jagannathan adds that of suppliers that can offer the same product gain a deeper understanding building owners should and efficiency, to safeguard the interests of of refrigerants being used also play a more proactive the owner. As such, Rangan says, customers presently and the ones to be role in the design stage. prefer to take decisions when at least three utilised in the future. However, “End-users should have suppliers have low-GWP refrigerant products, he says, as an end-user he is a clear understanding of adding that Middle East manufacturers’ mainly concerned with capital what they need and guide Nikhil Barve capability to offer such products will expenditure and the possible the consultants on what is drive some segment of the market in this loss in energy efficiency, when ideal for them,” he says. “In regard. “The contractor’s role is to employ migrating from equipment most cases, because of time competent organisations, who have the skills with old refrigerants. [constraints], when consultants during the installation process,” he says. Hanan Ahmed, Head of are appointed they tend to go “And consultants should be well trained and Engineering & Maintenance with tried-and-tested solutions, updated to audit the process.” Services, Al Kuwait Hospital which may not have valueDr Ramaswamy points out that there is (formerly Al Baraha Hospital), addition or analysis, to begin also a massive scope for improvement when shares her own apprehensions, with. The solution may not be it comes to the service sector, which he when it comes to adopting the best for the developer, who Dr M Ramaswamy stresses remains largely disorganised when it new solutions. “I have a fear goes with what has been given comes to refrigerant management strategies. to think outside the box, to them.” Berbari says that most technicians are still because as a hospital, we are not aware of possible recycling of refrigerants different,” she says. “I want HOW CONTRACTORS and there is a need “to change the culture technology that will support AND CONSULTANTS through more action”. me for another 20 years, CAN ACCELERATE The need to change culture is perhaps the because the replacement ADOPTION most pressing issue for Yaqoub Almatouq, will not come yearly – it is an As stakeholders analyse the Head of the Negotiations Team to Montreal AED 10 million project if I am vital role consultants and Protocol, and Member, Kuwait National going to change the chiller and contractors play in helping Srinivasan Rangan Ozone & Climate Change Committee, AHUs.” Additionally, Ahmed accelerate overall sustainable Environment Public Authority says, she needs cost-effective solutions, George – Kuwait. Almatouq says solutions, because budgets are Berbari, CEO, DC there is a need to create a controlled by administrative PRO Engineering, paradigm shift in the mindset representatives unfamiliar with points out that of stakeholders and battle the technical aspects of operation. the lack of prevailing copy-paste approach “I would say, ‘Use this specialisation towards specifications across technology, it has less global in the field is the region. “No one even warming potential’, but no one also a niggling invests in writing a new tender,” will understand,” she says. problem. This, he he says. “We are a creature of Liju Thomas, President, says, is revealed Mazen K Hussein Eid Mohammed habit.” He adds that, often, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, by the significant efforts to change tenders believes that in order to energy waste are faced with much scrutiny battle cost-centric thinking that serves across supermarket chains towards the associated cost. as a bottleneck for not only the adoption owing to poor design. He says: of low-GWP solutions but also the proper “My advice to the refrigeration maintenance of HVACR systems and, as a industry is that it’s time to get WORKING IN SILOS result, the management of refrigerants, there consultants that specialise in Everyone has a role to play. As is a need to hold owners more accountable refrigeration. Don’t let yourself aptly summarised by Rangan, for their buildings. M Tahniat, Engineer be exposed.” He adds there is refrigerant manufacturers have (Projects & Sales), Albwardy Engineering also a pressing requirement a responsibility to research Hanan Ahmed Enterprises, which provides engineering for consultants specialising and offer superior, costservices to hypermarket chain, Spinneys, adds in natural refrigerants, such effective refrigerant solutions. that the need for accountability should not as CO2 and ammonia, which Equipment manufacturers, he only be confined to owners of big projects, is largely being looked at by adds, have the responsibility such as hospitals and malls, but should also many stakeholders as a way to to test their products and include owners of small- and medium-sized future-proof equipment. evaluate new refrigerants developments. Tahniat says that there should Additionally, contractors ensuring they comply be a government mechanism that would and consultants suffer from the with safety and efficiency hold owners responsible with regard to the same commercial pressures as requirements, and are designvolume of refrigerants purchased, consumed end-users. Rangan points out competitive products Liju Thomas and handled within their premises. “Building that this also makes them wary that are certified.


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bear the results you want, whereas market While regulation is vital, of Project design consultants, he forces will.” Rangan agrees with McLaren. equal importance is whether further adds, should ensure He says the price of the equipment would the right kind of regulations sustainable, eco-friendly, fundamentally determine the rate of are being developed and competitive building designs transition to products with HFOs and lowimplemented or not, with to property developers. GWP solutions. “Since the life of an airstakeholders providing Owners and operators, he cooled chiller is 10-15 years in Middle East recommendations based on says, should ensure the conditions,” he says, “the transition is likely observations of the industry. building system complies to be pushed back until 2028. For centrifugal Thomas believes that an energywith codes and regulations. M Tahniat chillers, since the life of the rating system could And maintenance and service chiller is 25-30 years and greatly benefit the teams, he adds, should there is an improvement region. “In the West, ensure continuous service to in efficiency with HFO, the you have good maintain a compliant system. transition is likely to be buildings and bad The attempt to unravel earlier, provided it has a buildings,” he says. the complexities related to justifiable lifecycle cost.” “For us, we just have the widespread adoption Amir Naqvi, Regional buildings – you need of low-GWP refrigerants Business Leader for Fluorine to differentiate.” in the region reveals that Products, META, Honeywell, Such a rating the path forward requires Didier Coulomb George Berbari also places his faith in system, he says, the contribution of each market forces moving could lead to higher stakeholder and a need adoption, especially in view premiums on real for earnest discussion. of the financial payback estate, provided the Advocating for a more of cost-effective solutions. value is revealed to cohesive, well-coordinated “In the GCC region, no one potential tenants. approach, Rangan says believed energy efficiency Rangan adds that that currently, a common was important, because the industry could dialogue on refrigerants oil was cheap and energy also take a cue among stakeholders is was inexpensive,” he says. from Europe’s ecovirtually non-existent. Didier Timothy McLaren Yaqoub Almatouq “With energy bills going up, design roadmap, Coulomb, Director General, subsidies going away, energy SEER method and International Institute efficiency is the key driver, refrigerant phase-down, in order of Refrigeration, France, is in agreement, other than environmental to benchmark the processes of especially when it comes to addressing safety regulations, which will conformance, and implement issues in leakage and recovery. “Dialogue is impact decision in terms of portions applicable for the very difficult and complicated,” he says. “I’m choice of technology.” region. confident we will find solutions but much In view of the complex Speaking on behalf of more dialogue is needed.” set of challenges facing Eurovent Middle East, Lattner Jagannathan says using the right the HVACR industry, the recommends for authorities language is a necessity for moving the Amir Naqvi future refrigerant landscape in the region to consider needle in promoting better dialogue. “What remains uncertain for mandatory building inspection a scientist needs to know is different from stakeholders. However, and assessment of HVAC what a technician needs to know,” he says. Almatouq says, “The best way to predict the systems, and possibly implement a scheme Developers, Jagannathan explains, would future is to create it.” The reminder aims to of penalties and incentives to urge building not be interested if they are told a solution embolden individuals to take action – else owners to invest in best practices related is more energy efficient or results in lower face a harrowing weather forecast at the to refrigerant management. Representing emissions, but they will be interested if they turn of the century. AHRI, Walters says the organisation is are told it would reduce capital and operating working with UNEP in the development of a costs, as well as increase resale value. Refrigerant Driving License (RDL), which is a Almatouq says the need for the right globally recognised programme of minimum kind of dialogue extends to engaging *source: requirements for the safe and sound with authorities, which would accelerate management of refrigerants that can be the adoption of sustainable solutions. To press-release/world-takes-stand-against-powerfuladopted by industry and governments. emphasise this, Almatouq says, “Each time, greenhouse-gases-implementation political will is stronger than technical will.” Hussein adds that regulation, such as the THE INVISIBLE HAND implementation of MEPS or product labelling, Timothy McLaren, Senior Commercial also goes a long way in safeguarding Contracts Engineer, Ramboll, however, borders of countries, as the standards would believes it is important to recognise another HAVE YOUR SAY! make them less vulnerable to dumping of invisible force driving behaviour – market We welcome your views on the article. equipment that are no longer compliant with forces. He says: “The government can be Write to minimum standards of other nations. too slow in most cases and not necessarily


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“Most consultants don’t know how to reclaim and recycle refrigerants. There is a need to inform and convince end-users about purity and reliability of recycled refrigerants, which are as good as new refrigerants. It is our responsibility to increase interaction of refrigerantrecycling agencies with end users, and with maintenance and repair service providers to help them by providing convenient ways to collect contaminated refrigerant.”

M Tahniat, Engineer (Projects & Sales), Albwardy Engineering Enterprises (engineering services provider to Spinneys)

“Independent tests were conducted on RS-70 and six other refrigerants under the same conditions. The results demonstrate that RS-70 has good energy efficiency and provides high cooling capacity with a lower power input. So, it can be used satisfactorily as a replacement for R-22.”

John Kirkpatrick, Commercial Director, Refrigerant Solutions Limited


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“Our protocol to prevent leakage involves having an in-house contractor staying with us 24/7, and it is part of our annual planned preventive maintenance. Part of our daily task is to do leakage inspection. Due to geographic reasons, we are receiving salty, humid condensation, which enhances the process of corrosion of the pipe, so we replace it every 4-5 years to prevent leakage. We are, unfortunately, using an old method for leakage detection for daily inspection. We don’t have a real defined standard given to us to follow, when it comes to refrigerant management, but we really care about global warming and the environment. We are trying to keep inspection of the gas going to prevent it from leaking. We recently received a letter from a local agent that R-22 will be pushed out and they cannot support us in case of any shortage. It will be at the end of 2020.”

Hanan Ahmed, Head of Engineering & Maintenance Services, Al Kuwait Hospital (formerly Al Baraha Hospital)

Voices “We have large-tonnage chillers sitting in our plant. As far as standard operating procedures are concerned, we have strict norms and proper technical staff. We are an environmentally responsible organisation. You have to respect Nature, or Nature will not respect you. As District Cooling providers, we have to ensure the environment is not damaged by harmful refrigerants.”

Nikhil Barve, Assistant Director for Operations & Maintenance, Emaar District Cooling

The challenges in Lebanon are very common to other countries, such as lack of awareness of the efficient cooling opportunities, costs, lack of expertise, and of legislation and enforcement. Other countries go to product standards, MEPS and product labelling. Evidence shows prices declined when energyefficiency standards were enforced. Studies showed that the decline in prices is attributed to standardinduced innovations and not market competition. Despite impressive progress on uptake of standards, many countries have weak or no energy-efficiency standards, making them vulnerable to dumping of wasting equipment.”

Mazen K Hussein, Head, National Ozone Unit – Lebanon, Ministry of Environment

“When we do renovation for R-410A, we make sure the contractor complies to recover [the refrigerant] with a certified facility, and to give us the certification that it has been recovered. That is an important step we are doing, so the refrigerant is recovered and disposed of [properly].”

Prasanna Salgado, MEP Services Manager, American University of Sharjah

(A collection of quotes from the 3rd edition of refrigerants review on March 24, in Dubai) R-22 is the most used among HCFCs in Oman. Its consumption has increased from 321.82 MT to 535.1 during the period from 2007 to 2010. There was a sharp increase from 2008 to 2009. The major use of HCFC is in the servicing sector, where the servicing of small air conditioners accounts for a substantial portion of the overall consumption. The baseline of the HCFC consumption was established as 31.5 ODP tonnes by the Government of Oman, using the average of the 2009 consumption of 30.7 ODP tonnes and the 2010 consumption of 32.2 ODP tonnes. HFC gas emissions in Oman was reported at 332 in 2010, according to the World Bank report. HFC 134a is mainly used in the air conditioning sector.

While HFO chillers options are available with equipment suppliers, the transition to this refrigerant option is expected to pick up gradually. The reason for the delayed transition is the competitiveness of the HFO chillers in Middle East conditions and availability of the complete range – not all suppliers have the product in the portfolio.

Srinivasan Rangan, subject matter expert Flammable is flammable! All flammable refrigerants need to be treated with the same level of respect. Once A3 testing is complete, difference in incident severity between flammable and explosive refrigerants will be determined. Equipment with flammable refrigerants looks or will look the same as equipment using non-flammable refrigerants. And everyone must be more vigilant in handling, servicing and installing equipment using flammable refrigerants

Dr M Ramaswamy, Technical Expert - Royal Estates, Royal Court Affairs, Sultanate of Oman

“Boundaries have been pushed! Technology development has demonstrated that CO2 is a valid opportunity in warm climates. CO2 with multi-ejector has shown good performance – during summertime, the energy savings are extraordinarily high.”

Torben Funder-Kristensen Head of Public & Industry Affairs, Danfoss

James Walters, Vice President, AHRI

“You have to have a longterm perspective and think of the future higher cost in energy… You shouldn’t wait until 2028.”

Didier Coulomb, Director General, International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) (on why the GCC region ought to consider acting now in terms of migrating to a more environmentally friendly refrigerant regime)

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Al Fullerton, Trane

Chugging along the low-gwP Pathway

Surendar Balakrishnan speaks to Al Fullerton, Vice President, Trane, who elaborates on the company’s direction vis-à-vis refrigerants


ould you talk us through the direction Trane is taking with refrigerants, especially after Kigali, where policymakers said they’re looking at a global warming potential (GWP) of 400 and less as ideal to mitigate climate change from an emissions perspective? I’ll start with our centrifugal chiller portfolio. So, those are the larger chillers, and before the agreement, we were using the refrigerant R-123, and since that time we have rolled out two new refrigerants, R-1233zd (E), which has a GWP of zero, and R-514a. We have got a window with R-1233zd (E) machines, which we could reuse in our existing portfolio. For both refrigerants, the GWP is less than one; and they are non-flammable. Another is that R-134a is used in the rotary chiller and goes up to 400 tonnes. Today’s refrigerant, for instance, is R-134a, and the next-gen refrigerant would be R-513A, and its GWP is under 700. The CenTraVac chillers have a low-pressure refrigerant and are different from the medium-pressure refrigerant chillers. The medium-pressure refrigerant chillers go from R-134a to R-513a. And for the R-513a, the GWP is under 700, so we would probably have to go one more time, but today we have 700, which is a big step forward from where we are.

When do you plan on making the further transition? Right now, there’s no pressure in North America to go lower. We led the way with R-513a, so in Europe, we do R-123ze, and its GWP nears zero, and that hasn’t made it here yet.


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Codes will change in time for California, but not before that. It is a three-year cycle for them to change, and we’ll be ready for California and will make a choice between the three non-flammables and the other refrigerants under consideration. We are evaluating three non-flammables right now and will make a decision soon.

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You’re saying there’s no pressure, but wouldn’t Trane want to take the initiative of going lower? Chillers are likely to get more expensive, so we will likely have an alternative before we have to but not at this time. And right now, no competitor is selling the ‘ze’ refrigerant here in North America, so where we are active right now is with R-410a with residential units and with unitary products. It looks like California is going to help us change with some regulation, and several other states like Washington, Massachusetts, along with four others are going to ask us to go faster. And so, we have several alternatives – three of those are similar in terms of GWP. Once you get a little below 700, all are slightly flammable, which is not allowed by the Building Codes. I’d say we’re evaluating the refrigerants, and we believe the Building

The leadership in the United States has a different opinion on climate change. How much is that influencing your research and development as a company at a national level? It’s not affecting us, because we listen to our customers. And our customers need green alternatives. There are large companies, who are all ready to make a climate commitment. We’re going to go based on our customers and on the market.

Could you elaborate on Trane’s initiative with regard to 3D printing? I’ve been out of project management for two years now, so what I tell you might be old, but we were using 3D printing for prototyping in design. For instance, 3D-printing a new control panel for a new product, wherein we print a new product or a new component, as opposed to ordering it.

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H.E. Munther Mohammed bin Shaker Director General, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Ahmed Elkiki Director of Technical Services, RAK Hospitality, Government of Ras Al Khaimah

Eid Mohammed Senior Mechanical Engineer, Design Department, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Andrea Di Gregorio Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Sougata Nandi CEO, 3e Advisory

Eyad Ismail Director of Engineering, Engineering Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone - Government of Ras Al Khaimah

Khaled M. Saab Senior Manager - Engineering Services HVAC UAE, Khatib & Alami

Henrique Pereira Senior Manager – Energy Services, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Administration, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality

Dharmesh Sawant Sales Director, Hisense

Juma Yousef Juma CEO, Green Earth Technology Company (GETCO)

Balachandran Senthilraj Vice President - Engineering & Projects, Southern General Contracting & Real Estate LLC

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Pradeep Singh is the Manager – Business Development & Technical, Etihad ESCO. He can be contacted at

Strategic urban planning iS critical for SuStainable development

Rapid urbanisation, which restructures economies and the lives of billions of people, poses significant challenges, says Pradeep Singh, Manager – Business Development & Technical, Etihad ESCO


ore than half of the global population live in urban areas today, with millions of people being added to this number every week. Urbanisation in developing countries, which restructures national economies and lives of billions of people, is a defining feature of the 21st century and is seen as the most remarkable demographic shift our century has witnessed. Cities are undoubtedly the nerve centres of economic growth. They play a vital role in the development of nations and lives of people and have immense potential to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nevertheless, the rapidity and scale of urbanisation present significant challenges, which include the need for affordable housing, sustainable and comprehensive transport systems and related infrastructure, basic amenities and employment. The unprecedented growth in terms of new urban built-up area calls for urgent action from all stakeholders. Climate change being observed globally, and its current and future consequences on life, property and progress pose major challenges for human society over the next century. If no significant investments are made to enhance the resilience of urban centres around the world, climate change may result in urban population living in poverty, according to the United Nations. Cities consume two-thirds of the world's energy, considerably increasing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


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The physical form and land use patterns of cities cannot be changed once they are built, and they grow in ways that are not harmonious with the ecosystem surrounding them. Unsustainable sprawl, an outcome of rapid, ill-conceived development, hinder the accomplishment of development objectives. There are several misperceptions associated with urbanisation and sustainability. Urbanisation, by itself, is not bad, and the migration of people to cities becomes a burden only if they are ill-prepared to accommodate a spike in the number of inhabitants. Planning and preparation, therefore, are extremely important. Cities can be eco-friendly and costeffective, if planned and budgeted correctly. This can be achieved through successful public-private partnerships, investments, foreign assistance and joint efforts. Growing prominence of energy service companies in urban markets also plays a crucial role in managing energy consumption, while simultaneously contributing to sustainable development of these cities. Sustainable urban management and planning is imperative, regardless of a city’s reputation as a booming economy or the speed with which it is growing. Furthermore, sustainability and better livability can be achieved at any point of a city’s development in an inclusive manner. Also, it is important to remember these changes cannot be introduced overnight. This transformation is a cumulative build-

up, based on behavioural changes or changes in our social attitudes. Creation of a sustainable, healthy, livable space is everyone’s responsibility. Partnerships and interactions in grass-root levels and engagement are necessary to build people’s faith in governance systems, teamwork and collaboration, needed for the success of such efforts. Development must be driven by affordable, accessible and sustainable energy resources to ensure a viable, healthy and environmentally sound future. Some developed nations have already managed to separate economic growth from energy consumption to cut down resource inputs and to alleviate environmental impacts. Increased adoption of renewable energy in urban settings is highly significant as it helps in meeting rising urban energy demand and achieving reduction of emissions. Also, renewable energies are expected to become more efficient, user-friendly, costeffective, accessible and sustainable with the advancement of technology. We are optimistic that this will further drive the adoption of renewable energy. There is no denying that sustainable urban energy is the future and is the only means to bridge the gap between urbanisation and sustainability. Hence, it is time we focus on the bigger picture.

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Dr Udo Huenger, BASF

SuStainable SolutionS, digitaliSation are the way ahead Dr Udo Huenger gives an overview of the company’s roadmap, following his new role as Vice President, Middle East, BASF By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer


s the new BASF Vice President for operations in the Middle East, could you take us through the roadmap of the company? BASF is an active partner in the industry in the UAE. We have been present in the region for over a century, and our office in the UAE dates back to the 1970s. You can, therefore, say that we are deeply rooted in the region. In addition to our regional headquarters in Dubai, we have offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Khobar and Cairo. In the UAE, we operate a state-of-the-art polyurethane system house in Dubai Industrial City and a production facility for construction chemicals in Dubai Investment Park. Our construction chemicals business also has sites in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. In Bahrain, we operate a production facility for customised plastic additives. We have always aligned our business with the strategic vision and economic agenda of the governments in the region. What the visions have in common is not only a strong drive towards growth and economic diversification but also the realisation that having a commitment to sustainability is key to achieving long-term growth. We see unprecedented opportunities in various sectors to support these national priorities, and hence, we share our knowledge and expertise. After all, our commitment to sustainable solutions is anchored in the corporate purpose of BASF, which is to create a sustainable future.

To what extent is BASF reinforcing its commitment to sustainability, innovation and digitalisation, while also expanding its footprint across the region? Our new strategy, which we presented in November 2018, aims at profit and a CO2-


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neutral growth. This means that we will decouple our greenhouse gas emissions from organic growth. To achieve this, we will improve the management, efficiency and integration of our manufacturing sites, and wherever possible, we plan on purchasing a greater share of electricity from renewable energy sources. We have already reduced emissions by 50% in absolute terms, compared to 1990 levels, while doubling our production in this period. In addition, we are working closely with a number of relevant stakeholders to drive sustainable water action and have been awarded a top ‘A’ rating by the international organisation, CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. We also want

contributes to climate protection and energy efficiency. Another example is Elastocool, a system made for the insulation of fridges and freezers. The material has a low-thermal conductivity by approximately 0.5 mW/mK, which enables the achievement of energy classes A++ and A+++. The fast cycling time leads to higher output in production, while high compressive strength values lead to lower material consumption per unit. In addition, digital solutions are helping us achieve our sustainability-related goals. Digitalisation presents opportunities, and by using digital technologies and data, we are able to create additional value for our customers and increase efficiency along with the effectiveness of our process. Digitalisation makes our business smoother and, eventually, makes it cheaper.

You mentioned that there is a strong drive towards localised, advanced manufacturing. What are the challenges you foresee, and how do you plan on tackling them?

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to grow our share of so-called ‘accelerator’ products, including in the Middle East. Across all customer industries, we have identified 13,000 accelerator solutions. These are products that have made a substantial contribution to making the value chain more sustainable. An example of an accelerator product that is performing very well in this region is Neopor, an insulation material that offers improved insulation performance and

When we look at Egypt, a key market in our region, we are increasingly serving local customers, whereas, in the past, a large part of our customer base was multinationals with a presence in Egypt. Other countries in the region, including countries in the Gulf, are also moving in a similar direction. Therefore, I see opportunities for BASF, rather than challenges. One driving factor will be localisation. We are already producing locally and will expand this in the future with the mixing, blending and packaging of materials. Local storage is also becoming increasingly important.

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Pooja Srivastav, Shreem International Consultancy

“As we build Smart, we need to neutralise structures to avoid Electromagnetic Stress” Pooja Srivastav, Chief Energizing Officer, Shreem International Consultancy and Dubai’s first Building Biologist, recently received the ‘Adam Global Outstanding Award’ for her efforts to create toxin-free, sustainable bodies, buildings and structures in the United Arab Emirates and across the world. She speaks to Ranjana Konatt of Climate Control Middle East on Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Radiation and risk mitigation in the built-environment


hen did you begin your career as a building biologist? Also, please highlight the effects of Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR) on the people living inside the building?

Could you elaborate on Geopathic Stress in buildings from an IEQ standpoint, and the importance and relevance of Geopathic and Electromagnetic Rectification? And what are your observations of the United Arab Emirates?

Geopathic Stress (GS) refers to the earth’s natural energies that are harmful to human I began working on Geopathic Stress beings. These energies run under the earth, lines on building structures around six and when we build homes and structures years ago. We first set up an office in above these lines, our bodies come in Poland and then here in the United Arab contact with the stress. GS is the sole factor Emirates. I earned my first certifications found to be associated with a majority of in Geopathic Stress Rectifications and serious ailments and psychological issues. Electromagnetic Stress Rectifications; the The negative effects of GS were medically latest is that of a Building Biologist. proven more than 70 years ago, and many Building biology is a very new concept doctors in the West are now of the opinion in the United Arab Emirates and, even that no treatment can be though it is practiced considered a complete in the West, having success without eliminating certifications is crucial. the GS. With WiFi and electronic When buildings gadgets, EMR is are neutralised with inevitable in structures Geopathic Rectification today. The gadgets give and Electromagnetic a static burden in our Rectifications, the energy bodies that slowly drains within the individuals them of their natural living in the structure minerals, causing health is resourcefully used issues and impacting our for maximum work well-being. As we build performance. In effect, more Smart buildings, we our energy or energy need to neutralise the Pooja Srivastav frequency is not 'robbed' structures at the earliest by Electro-Magnetic Fields to avoid Electromagnetic (EMF) within the structure Stress. The World Health or the geopathic stress lines under the Organisation defines this as Sick Building earth, on which we may be sitting, standing Syndrome, and studies have shown that or sleeping. Geopathic Stress Rectification people living in buildings that are high on and Electromagnetic Stress Rectification is EMR and Geopathic Stress are more prone still a very new concept in the United Arab to falling sick. However, while the term Emirates, as this Smart building aptitude Sick Building Syndrome is not new, it is is applied by select professionals only. We important to note that not many people need to create more mass awareness on are aware of the term’s true meaning.


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the impact of EMR and how to minimise it. On our part, we have already reached out to several corporates and universities for awareness programmes.

Do you believe that end-users are willing to invest in technology and HVAC equipment, so as to contribute to bettering IEQ? What are your observations? The concept of Geopathic Rectification or Electromagnetic Rectification is fairly new knowledge in the region; however, we are beginning to see more acceptance of this science. People are applying the concept personally and are noticing positive changes in their health, well-being and performance, and an increasing number of people are considering this as an option, convinced that the IEQ would be enhanced. From our experience, our clients are quite open to Rectification. Now, the new thinking is that Smart Buildings should be well-equipped to counter the EMR and Geopathic Stress and their adverse effects.

Are we neglecting or ignoring the impact of Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) on our body? What action is being taken from a global standpoint? The most integral factor overlooked is the effect of Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) in office environments. EMF crosses 528 hertz, where plants manufacture oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Therefore, if we are sitting in structures with over 3,000 hertz, we are actually exposed to very high negative energies, so effectively we can’t completely ‘Go Green’ until we counter this element. While the knowledge of Geopathic Stress Rectification is widely accepted in Germany, there are no structured facts or figures on how many buildings are Geopathic

Stress-free. However, while studying in Australia to be a building biologist, I found many students deeply interested in such studies. World over, there are several products that are manufactured for Geopathic Rectification and Electro Magnetic Rectification. For example, there are curtains that can block EMF, or mattresses that are fluffed up with 36,000 litres of oxygen as a replacement for spiral beds, or even paints that neutralise EMF in structures. The GCC and Middle East region need to look at sustainability with the

knowledge of Geopathic Stress Rectification and Electro Magnetic Rectification. Smart buildings cannot be completely Smart without sustainability, and we need to focus on ways to counter GS and EMR. For example, in many countries, WiFi and EMF exposure is limited and gadgets, such as iPads, are completely banned in schools and other public places. We need to incorporate these values, along with protecting our structures against EMR and GS. The visionaries of the region have put every effort to have growth with

sustainability hand-in-hand; however, it’s up to people to choose and not use these smart gadgets excessively, as they will create an imbalance in our well-being. The awareness of Geopathic Stress and Electro Magnetic Stress is very relevant, and the solutions are available, especially in the West, which we can adapt for the United Arab Emirates.

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Frank Taaning Grundholm, ABB

Driving change Frank Taaning Grundholm, VP, Global HVAC Sales – Drives, Robotics and Motion Division, ABB, speaks to Surendar Balakrishnan on the ACH 580, which he says, has enabled the company to increase the link to the IoT environment. Excerpts…


hat is your newest offering?

of customers at the end of the day, and it is up to manufacturers to provide the right technological solutions, so we need some sort of wireless.

The ACH 550 is an old platform, and it has been serving the market very well for 15 years now. A lot of What is happening on the things have changed within electronics, electrical side of things? and we want to provide new technology On electrical lines, in 1995, the optimum to the market. So, we asked ourselves the way had a cost. It increased cost by three question, ‘How can we provide something times. Now, the cost point has come down newer to the market that adds value and significantly. We are talking of no DC serves the market in an even better way?’ chokes. It is better technology. In ACH 480, The answer to that is the we have taken DC chokes out ACH 580. of the drive. The size of the With the ACH 580, drives is so small compared we have increased to the power of the chiller, the link to the IoT it does not matter. What environment, and the you need to specify is what whole human interface is the noise level that can is a lot better. All be accepted in a building, drives, whether heavy and so how can I mix and or light industry, need match the technology to have a ‘compatible’ to provide the right strategy. The earlier solution. Maybe I will take interfaces were not a separate filter. For the aligned. mid-range, I might use DC Now, we can take chokes. That way, we have from a heavy industry an optimum solution. Frank Taaning Grundholm drive to light to micro The way buildings drive. So, now, there is are being specified is by that recognisability and the technologies that are ease of interfacing. The whole concept available. If you look at AHUs, a lot of is more modular, and so we can develop specs needs only DC fans. IoT can be a portions that can be optimised. Now, the good solution in some applications, but if whole range uses the same options – so, it someone else has a different solution, that is a lot easier to use them. The industry is is efficient, you might have to consider moving more and more towards wireless that. communication, and we looked to see how The assumption is that a system is best we could contribute to that. efficient. If you take an efficient fan and A lot of operators don’t want company efficient motor but the control is not doing apps on their personal smartphones. So, its job properly, then the efficiency is we had to ensure the equipment installed affected. When we are looking at efficiency, had some sort of wireless connectivity. As the trend is to specify as full-load efficiency, a manufacturer, I am trying to be a little but no system runs at full load. So, a lot of bit unbiased. They need wireless, and they solutions, when they go down on load, drop should not care what it is. Two years from down on efficiency. The owner will end up now, it could be all IoT. So, we need to using more energy than what he thought write specs that are based on the need he would.


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How are you addressing cybersecurity concerns? There are always concerns when you go wireless. If you are standing next to a building you can tap in. We have devices that can communicate, but you need to pair the devices first. Yes, it is true, you can hack the signal, but we have the ability to limit the range of the signal. Wifi are spread wider than Bluetooth, so, the chance of doing something with a Bluetooth is much smaller, and you might need to be in the building. We regularly engage hacking companies to hack our systems, and based on their reports, we modify. We have a security team that takes care of us.

Are customers comfortable with even the little risk that you allude to? There is risk in everything. We rely on professionals to provide us security, and we are constantly updating the apps. If you are still concerned, you can remove the display, and there is no power, and so, there is safety in that. We offer remote support through the app. We can remotely see what the drive is doing. We try to put additional safety measures. ABB is a very motivated company when it comes to digital solutions in the electronics industry. I am very comfortable with the safety we have. We can address the concerns our customers have and manage that. In a sensitive industrial environment, like the manufacturing of semiconductors, I would be very cautious about using wireless. But if you are looking at our industry, we are talking of services, and central infrastructure of air control systems are not going to go wireless.

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Dharmesh Sawant is Sales Director, Hisense VRF, Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Air-conditioning Marketing Co., Ltd. He may be contacted at


have been in the HVACR industry for 17 years and witnessed how the AC industry, in general, and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems, in particular, have evolved over the last couple of years. The year 2008 was when the United Arab Emirates started looking at implementing sustainability in the construction industry. Dubai and Abu Dhabi were at the forefront when it came to walking the green talk, with the introduction of Green Building regulations like Estidama. MEP consultants and local developers quickly understood the social and environmental responsibility required of them and started looking at energy-efficient AC systems in their projects. That’s when everybody started looking at VRF systems as one of the obvious solutions. It still wasn’t easy-going, though. I quite vividly remember the time when I used to present VRF technology, only to hear consultants and contractors say that it would not catch up here, as the initial capex outweighed the sustainability and lifecycle costs. They were right as, initially, the cost of VRF systems was high, due to a limited number of VRF suppliers. To counter that, we as suppliers had to go to lengths to explain how VRF systems would be economical from a holistic – lifecycle cost – perspective. After years of pegging away, today, VRF systems are viewed as one of the preferred choices in low-rise apartment buildings. There is no need to explain the basics of VRF systems, as most of the consultants/ developers are well-versed with the technology. But of course, we need to grow further. And for this, let us consider low- to midrise apartment buildings (2-12 storeys).


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Dharmesh Sawant, pointing out to the limitations of installing one VRF outdoor unit per apartment in highrise projects, proposes the approach of multiple apartments connected to one VRF system and shares the benefits of this arrangement for stakeholders...

So far, most of the developers have been showing a preference for one VRF outdoor unit per apartment. The design eliminates the number of outdoor units on the roof by 50% on an average. This means saving valuable real estate footprint in the roofspace area, lower pipe lengths between outdoor and indoor units, lower connected electrical load and lower operating cost for the tenants. However, there is a downside to it. Most of the outdoor units for such a type of application are of smaller capacity, usually adopting single compressors. Any failure in the compressor would lead to the failure of the AC system for the whole apartment. However, the probability of such an occurrence is very rare, as the inverter compressors are more stable, and there are low failure rates in tropical climatic conditions. Another drawback is that we cannot take any diversity into account with such a small capacity (7–20 kW), defeating the very purpose of the VRF technology. The situation is further compounded by the fact that lately, the higher supply in the property market and an increase in land prices are putting pressure on the selling price, and

many developers are looking to go vertical. The choice of AC systems for a developer of highrise residential buildings (12-25 storeys) is either an air-cooled chiller or a VRF system. In today’s challenging times for the construction industry, VRF becomes the obvious choice, as it offers lower capex and opex compared to its counterparts. But, as explained earlier, if we adopt the current design of one VRF outdoor per apartment, there are several limitations. Having too many outdoor units on the roof (the number of VRF outdoor = number of apartments) will put too much pressure on the designers/installers to accommodate all the utilities on the roof. Longer piping and cabling lengths will be required between outdoor units on the roof and the respective apartments, eventually increasing the piping, insulation and cabling cost. No diversity is applied, and the outdoor capacity is the same as indoor units. This leads to an overall increase in the capacity and eventually leads to increased connected electrical load. A final limitation is that there is no redundancy. The one big advantage of challenging times is that it makes the engineers think and come up with innovative ideas. In order to counter the aforementioned limitations in some high-rise projects, the proposal I wish to make is for multiple apartments to be connected to one VRF system.

BENEFITS FOR BUILDING OWNERS So, what are the benefits for building owners through such an approach. Typically, they would include a reduction in the outdoor space that would need to be allotted – and this would be a 60% reduction. With this approach, instead of one VRF outdoor unit per apartment, the whole floor can be connected, and generally, these are top discharge outdoor units. The units can be located much closer to one another, compared to side discharge. The saving in the roof can provide space for a rooftop swimming pool, garden or solar panel installation. There can be a reduction in the electrical installation cost. With one whole floor connected to one VRF outdoor unit, diversity can be applied,

as all the apartments and all the rooms will not operate at the same time. This offers lower connected electrical load by 10-15% compared to one VRF outdoor per apartment. This can greatly reduce the connected fee. Also, since the outdoor units are connected to the building owner’s DB, there is no need to run the power cabling between each apartment to the roof. This reduces the electrical cabling cost. This can result in lower operating cost. Annual maintenance cost for this arrangement is 15-20% lower compared to one VRF per apartment, owing to fewer outdoor units.

BENEFITS FOR CONTRACTORS The benefits for contractors would include reduction in the installation cost. Fewer outdoor units would greatly reduce the piping, control cabling lengths and number of circuit breakers. Additionally, there would be a need for fewer Sub Main Distribution Boards (SMDBs). Over and above that, the AC installation work would be much faster,

with fewer outdoor units and smaller piping lengths.

BENEFITS FOR ARCHITECTS AND CONSULTANTS The benefits for architects and consultants would include relative simplicity in design, as it would be easy for the consultants to accommodate fewer pipe risers in shafts and other services in them. And fewer outdoor units on the roof would mean a significant reduction in costs related to the civil foundation. An added benefit would be fewer challenges in deciding the electrical and piping routes.

BENEFIT FOR THE ENDUSER The benefit for the end-user is that of redundancy. Since the whole floor is connected to one VRF system, it generally has multiple modules (3-4 per system). Even if one module fails, there would be two or more modules available to give sufficient cooling to all the apartments.

LIMITATION IN THIS ARRANGEMENT There is, however, one limitation in this arrangement. The AC electricity will be billed to the building owner, since the outdoor units are connected to his DB, much like the case with a chiller. However, all VRF manufacturers have their own billing system, which helps in distributing the proportional AC electrical consumption to each tenant. The building owner also has a choice of recovering the AC consumption charges, either as a service charge or as part of the rent. A further means of mitigating the limitation could be for the authorities concerned to introduce a standard to recognise or formalise a uniform billing methodology for all VRF manufacturers.

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Sathisha Shetty is Project Engineer (MEP), Group Engineering & Projects, Shared Services Center, Emirates National Oil Company Limited (ENOC). He may be contacted at

processes of storage and transportation through pipelines and in downstream preparation of products by purifying in refineries. Be it in upstream, midstream or downstream processes, until fuel reaches the end-user at fuel stations, refrigeration technologies are required. This article was conceived due to three notable international agreements that have had an impact on the United Arab Emirates in recent years. First, the United Arab Emirates represented the Arab group in formulating the 2030 agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that highlighted access to Be it in upstream, midstream clean energy, alongside sufficient and affordable or downstream processes, until food, health, water and fuel reaches the end-user at fuel women’s empowerment, stations, refrigeration technologies among others. Second, the SDGs need to be achieved are crucial and indispensable through a de-carbonised economy to comply with the Paris Agreement, which calls for By Sathisha Shetty supporting the developing countries by Green funds on carbon trade, to stabilise global warming at well below 2 degrees C. Dubai Carbon is engaged in Green funds and clean carbon mechanisms, among other responsibilities in Dubai. Third is the Montreal Protocol, to phase down high global warming hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs) in the next 30 years, to lower HFC emissions efrigeration technologies offer that are harmful to the environment. All an important road map in these provide an opportunity for innovative providing solutions for cooling in thinking for refrigeration and other cooling the Oil & Gas (O&G) sector, be it technologies. The combination of these on the mainland or on the high three landmark agreements and their sea. Refrigeration necessities in O&G may implementation in the United Arab Emirates start precisely at ambient 24 degrees C and lay down a test for the O&G sector: How can extend to a cryogenic range of -170 degrees we meet refrigeration needs in O&G more C. In many O&G applications, precise efficiently, safely, affordably and sustainably pressure and temperature maintenance is by implementing the SDGs? required. Refrigeration needs to function Simply standardising the installations efficiently in order to safely extract crude oil by exploring the past installations in at offshore platforms in upstream rigs and similar cases is not suitable, as O&G is a onshore pump jacks; during the midstream


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specialised sector. The implementation of refrigeration technologies in the O&G sector is customised due to numerous reasons. First, project studies and analysis — that is process simulation, HAZard and OPerability (HAZOP) analysis, safety integrity levels, Reliability-Availability-Maintainability (RAM) analysis, Failure Mode-Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) will create consciousness of the applications. For example, HAZOP will state whether to propose hazardous area installations with Zone-1 or Zone-2. The concept of explosion-proof refrigeration technologies will be concluded upon the results of studies. Second, customers design and engineering practices, such as ENOC Engineering Guidelines, ADNOC Design Guidance, Shell Design Standards, Saudi ARAMCO and others may be followed. For example, ENOC is established with ‘ENOC Design and Procurement Standards for Energy Efficiency’ in 2016, which will precisely guide the efficiency parameter requirements of each refrigeration process to be implemented. Third, country certifications, like ESMA in the UAE, APEX, UL/FM, EN, or any international certifications need to be implemented. For example, refrigeration units’ energy parameters shall be certified by the local body, ESMA. Finally, there are design codes and standards, such as ASHRAE, API, ASME and TEMA. In O&G, due to the above rigorous approach, conceiving the technical parameters of a refrigeration technology is completely unique and customised. The Middle East region has many specialised consultants who can propose, design and develop the engineering for innovative ideas and new technologies. However, there is a scarcity in skilled contractors, who can effectively deliver the requirements of the O&G sector across the Middle East, in terms of detailed engineering, installations, commissioning and, more importantly, maintaining the innovative refrigeration technologies for a life span. It is necessary to call for training and workshops on new refrigeration technologies in the market. Consultants and original equipment manufacturers need to work together to offer training on new installations and operational challenges for installers and operators in the marketplace.

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hat are the factors contributing to the growth of the construction sector in the UAE, and what are the aspects that make the sector resilient?

The construction sector in the UAE is stable, because it is encouraged by the Ruler’s wisdom. A major contributor to the sector’s growth is the responsiveness shown by the authorities and their support and encouragement to promote the construction sector. The UAE Government’s guidelines and policies help in providing much-needed flexibility, further enhancing the construction sector. It is easy to approach the authorities concerned to resolve the problem. In addition, Dubai and its strategic location, the great infrastructure – the modern roads, ports and airports – all help the construction business grow and develop.


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In the UAE, are real estate developers better placed to withstand the constrained financial climate, as compared to contractors? What strategies have developers adopted to be able to sustain their business financially? Developers are reasonably well-placed to withstand the difficult financial climate, as they are allowed to collect money from prospective investors, provided they sell. Their initial investment will be limited, and the collections from the buyers can be used as per the guidelines laid down by RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency). Developers are intelligent and smart, they know the market trend, and can identify the location, the type of project and the price-band ‘in demand’ and, accordingly, can address their strategies. With costs being more or less stable, developers can closely monitor their costs, variations and the progress of the work; as a result, they can be in a better position to sustain themselves. Further, developers with financial muscle can further improve on their project quality and standard, which enhances their reputation. New products, technologies and new execution methods are strengthening developers.

Dubai is considered a regional high-performer, as it prepares to host the World Expo 2020. What is in store for the construction industry? What kind of an upward graph is the construction industry likely to experience? The World Expo is a significant international event, last held in Milan in the year 2015. This is the first time an international event of this magnitude is taking place in the Middle East, especially in Dubai. It will definitely be motivation to the region and to Dubai, in particular, and will further enhance tourism in the UAE. In addition to its busy schedule of activities and international events, the EXPO will help attract more businesspeople to the UAE,

which will be encouraging news for the hotel industry. The World Expo 2020 will definitely benefit the region and will attract more tourists. It will boost travel and tourism and will, most importantly, help give the much-needed push to the construction industry.

Previously, you stressed the importance of coordination and communication between the consultant and contractor while working on projects. What are the challenges the lack of coordination poses during the design phase among the architect, the MEP and structural engineers and contractors? And how can they be addressed? Close coordination is essential, as it enables the consultant to create a complete and more efficient design with fewer changes in the future. Poor coordination, on the other hand, leads to an incomplete design and will have a huge financial impact, eventually delaying the completion of the project. It is always advisable to have one consulting firm with all the disciplines – for instance, the architectural and the electro-mechanical department, which can work on the complete design. This will enhance close coordination within the disciplines, which also has a positive impact in completing the design on time. It avoids unnecessary problems through the construction period. In addition, using the latest technology and cost-effective products will have a positive impact on the project.

Could you elaborate on current challenges? How do protracted payment periods, less-favourable contract conditions and the increase in instances of contractrelated disputes impact the construction industry? Long payment periods pose a huge challenge to the entire construction industry. The developers often want long payment periods to accommodate their sale; as a result, the contractor has no choice but to accommodate it. If the contractor has sufficient

financial backup, there will be minimum challenges. This is where local banks play a big role. But if the contractor does not have financial power, the delay is carried to the subcontractors and suppliers; as a result, it becomes cyclical. The initial period of change from normal to long payment terms and its impact will be hugely felt. But when payments are delayed beyond the already-agreed long periods, it poses further challenges. This leads to fault finding. It can also lead to minor quality issues on product or workmanship being held against the contractor or subcontractor as the reason for the delay in payments, which then leads to disputes. Sometimes, issues arising out of inadequate planning in the initial stages of the project, and failure to allocate sufficient time for authority approvals and for obtaining various NOCs also lead to delays and, possibly, disputes. The significant challenges arising out of developers prolonging or delaying the payments are: ■ Undue and sometimes avoidable delays in the original project programme ■ Financial implications, as indicated earlier. If anyone in the chain – the contractors, sub- contractors, suppliers, manufactures and even the consultants, is badly hit, the situation can lead to further delays and disputes. ■ The impact on developers or clients in terms of their not being able to collect their revenue, as planned during the design stage. ■ The possible negative impact on the final product standard and finishes. ■ The impact on cordial relationship among developers, consultants, contractors and their supply chain, many a time leading to some of them deciding not to work together again. ■ The possible negative impact on the accreditation of the contractors, suppliers and manufacturers with regard to their banks, which leads to further strain on their financial standing. ■ Delayed delivery, or substandard product or poor quality of finishing, which affects the reputation of the developer or the client. The consultants must advise their clients about the problems arising out of delayed payments and the resultant delays and consequences. Delay in payments is certainly one of the serious issues faced by the construction industry today, but I believe that consultants and contractors, through properly estimating and understanding cashflow requirements, can go a long way in avoiding unforeseen problems.

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pproximately 5,5007,000 air-handling units (AHUs) and 200,000250,000 fan-coil units are sold in the UAE every year. This comes from Faisal Shaikh, General Manager, Clima Uno Air Conditioning. He says that the figures with regard to the sale of the units have been steady over the last 2-3 years. T R Ganesh, General Manager, Blueair, Middle East and Africa, pointing to how AHUs and FCUs come under the scope of air purification, agrees with Shaikh that the overall air treatment industry is growing, not only in the UAE but also in the Middle East region. He puts the value of the air purification industry at USD 80 million in the Middle East. Overall, the air purification market in the Middle East, he says, is likely to experience growth of approximately 17% on a yearon-year basis. “The air purification equipment market in the Middle East is expected to touch USD 100 million by the year 2021,” he adds. There are others who contest the market figures provided, saying there is no structured way of estimating market size. The fact remains, though – the air treatment industry is on a growth trajectory. To maintain this growth, though, industry representatives say, there is a need to focus on specific aspects, such as the air filtration market. Suraj Kumar, Technical Manager, Air Solutions, LG Electronics Gulf, says: “Maintenance of such [air filtration] systems is crucial and necessary for the optimum functioning of equipment and for appropriate energy consumption.” Maintenance and operation of HVAC systems in commercial buildings, he adds, has traditionally been carried while complying with statutory requirements for health and safety. “Due to short-term commercial pressures,” he says, “the lowest tender price submission from maintenance contractors is often accepted, with little consideration given to long-term value for money.” Therefore, Kumar says, the opportunities for achieving energy-efficiency gains and lifecycle costs are subjects that are often neglected. Darren Naicker, Sales Director, Filters Division, Camfil Middle East, also stresses on maintenance as having a key role to play in the smooth operation of an HVAC system, including what Kumar describes as working to lower energy consumption. He says:


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AHUs, FCUs post strong market gains To maintain the upward trajectory, though, there is a strong-felt need for structured preventative maintenance schedules, among other aspects, with an eye on power consumption and indoor air quality...

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“Without timely maintenance, the system will suffer pressure drop, resulting in increased energy consumption and a compromise on IAQ (indoor air quality).” By monitoring the pressure drop, he says, all filters installed in the system will have a reduced energy consumption and an improved IAQ. Shaikh adds that proper maintenance plays a key role in the delivery of clean air. He says: “Condensation tends to happen across the coil, and the drain pan is always expected to be wet and damp, which then also leads to poor IAQ.” Pointing to preventive maintenance as one solution to the problem, Naicker says: “Preventive maintenance must be arranged in order to ensure that the equipment installed functions in accordance to the manufacturer’s operating standards.” Echoing the thought and stressing on the importance of preventive maintenance, Kumar says: “Having a preventive maintenance schedule will give tangible returns and will also add to the life of a system.” Additionally, he says, it lowers

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energy and repair bills. Naicker adds that as a rule of thumb, the time spent on an AHU for preventive maintenance must be a minimum of 15 minutes every month. “We see that this is not the case, as most customers consider the time spent cleaning filters as preventive maintenance, which is incorrect,” he says. The best practice, Naicker suggests, is to replace the filter after it reaches its final pressure drop, which will ultimately increase efficiency. Shaikh highlights that within a preventive maintenance programme, ASHRAE standard


180-2018 can be used for inspection in commercial buildings, while ASHRAE standard 62.1-2016 can be used to check for ventilation and acceptable IAQ. Jatin Sachdeva, General Manager, Au Pure IAQ Solutions, says there are additional aspects to the air treatment market that deserve attention. He says: “What we need is minimum IAQ standards, maintenance protocols and specifications, more costeffective maintenance options and disruptive design solutions.” These, he says, in addition to authorities encouraging a regime that allows for adopting new technologies and design approaches. Staying on a growth trajectory, representatives agree, is not easy. It requires constant intervention that furthers the cause of energy efficiency and IAQ.


he formation of algae and impurities causes the line to get clogged, and results in improper drainage of condensate water, says Suraj Kumar, Technical Manager, Air Solutions, LG Electronics Gulf. The answer to the situation, he says, is the timely cleaning of the filter. Faisal Shaikh, General Manager, Clima Uno Air Conditioning, explaining the science behind condensation, says, “The factors contributing to condensation can be attributed to infiltration caused by the pressure difference inside the air-handling unit.” Condensation, Shaikh says, can also take place due to uneven air temperature, untreated humid air – that is, moisture carryover that bypasses through the coil due to a high velocity across the cooling coil. “Designing and manufacturing units,” he says, “therefore must strictly follow guidelines, as prescribed by the ASHRAE design guides and handbooks, in conjunction with certification bodies like Eurovent or AHRI.” Besides poor maintenance practices and the need for more stringent design and manufacturing practices, nature’s intervention, in the form of high humidity in the region, is a significant challenge. The need to overcome the highly humid conditions in the region has necessitated a change in design parameters. This has resulted in an increase in costs of AHUs and FCUs. The cost of AHUs has especially increased in recent years, Kumar says, adding that there is a silver lining in that the market has been able to witness an improvement in IAQ. High-efficiency, double-wheel FAHUs, he says, are now becoming a standard for most projects.


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n today's healthcare facilities, flexible, customised, stringently controlled spaces serve the needs of patients, healthcare providers, staff and support services. Safety is paramount; cost-effective sustainability is equally so. Dependable precision performance is required to meet all the goals of facilities. Valves and support devices that are consistently accurate reduce energy consumption and lower operating costs. Valves maintain airflow by adjusting to internal changes in static pressure; some valves enable response times under one second.

MONITOR PRESSURE, ALARMS, OCCUPANCY CONTROL The first concern for a facility is maintaining a healthful environment for patients and caregivers. The basic requirements in a healthcare suite are:

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air volume (VAV)s or fan-powered VAVs used in healthcare facilities. Using pressureindependent VAVs in critical areas will provide an unsafe, most ineffective solution for control of temperature, room pressure and humidity. ™ GddbegZhhjg^hVi^dc·CZ\Vi^kZ situation is compromised, as the actuator time for opening and closing the standard pressure-independent VAV is above 90-120 seconds. ™ KZci^aVi^dc^hXdbegdb^hZY!Vhi]Z fan-powered VAV will use the existing flow within the isolation room; this scenario should be completely avoided, as the pressure in the room should be maintained as negative and any mixing of air is completely avoided. Standard VAV box control is based on actuator time for opening and closing within 120 seconds.

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THE SEQUENCE OF OPERATION – TYPICAL FOR CRITICAL AREAS: 1. Room schematics: The following figure shows a schematic diagram of a typical room without CAV.

of the space by measuring the space and/or a duct-mounted temperature sensor(s), comparing it to one or more temperature set-points and regulating cooling, heating and auxiliary temperature control outputs to maintain a consistent space

from cooling/heating minimum flow setting to cooling maximum flow setting. Negative or Positive zone pressurisation is maintained by controlling the exhaust valve to a flow equal to the supply valve’s feedback plus the design offset entering the space

[Exhaust Flow = Supply Flow + (Offset)]

A drop in temperature to the room set-point causes the supply and exhaust valves to decrease flow until their minimum positions are reached, as listed on the room schedule sheet. On a further drop in zone temperature, the valve will modulate the electric duct heater to maintain the set-point.

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2. Zone Pressurisation Control: As the static pressure in the exhaust and supply duct systems fluctuate, the pressure independent cone/spring assembly of each valve shall modulate to maintain a fixed set point flow within one second. The Zone Balance Control function is responsible for summing the feedback of all the supply and exhaust valves, factoring in the desired offset value and commanding the valves under control to flow set points that satisfy the simplified equation:

Beyond the desired ventilation rates and offset, Zone Balance Control may also be influenced by thermal override and occupancy status in order to keep the space comfortable and in “balance”. Emergency modes override zone balance to drive the valves to predetermined positions. The supply valve flow command shall be generated by comparing the minimum ventilation demand, the makeup air for hood demand and the thermal demand signals, and selecting the highest of these three settings. Negative zone pressurisation is maintained by controlling the exhaust valve. The general exhaust valve shall open when additional exhaust flow is required to maintain zone pressurisation.

temperature. There are four temperature control loops, which are designated as: ™ Eg^bVgnXdda^c\WnlVnd[i]ZgbVa override of conditioned air with supply and exhaust maintaining desired offset ™ Eg^bVgnXdda^c\WnlVnd[Xdcigda of cooling device using analogue output ™ Eg^bVgn]ZVi^c\WnlVnd[Xdcigdad[ a reheat coil using analogue output or floating point triac output ™ 6jm^a^Vgnadde[dgZ^i]ZghjeeaZbZciVa heating or cooling by way of either an analogue or digital output ™ >[bdgZi]VcdcZiZbeZgVijgZhZchdg input is used, a straight-line average of all inputs is used as the Effective Temperature set-point, which serves as the basis for all temperature control functions. ™ :VX]eg^bVgniZbeZgVijgZXdcigda loop operates independently, and has its own set-points and PID control parameters. The Auxiliary Temperature Control set-point may be configured as either an absolute value or an offset value relative to the appropriate temperature set-point (cooling or heating). Auxiliary temperature control may be configured for either modulating or two-state control, as well as standalone or staged operation.

3. Temperature Control: The lab, operation theatre, isolation room controls system will control the temperature

A rise in temperature above the room set-point flow causes the supply valve to increase the airflow into the room linearly

[Total Supply] = [Total Exhaust] – [Offset]

4. Occupancy Control: Occupancy control consists of changing the minimum ventilation rate and temperature set-points based on commanded occupancy state. There are three occupancy modes (Occupied, Unoccupied and Standby) plus an override state (Bypass). If an occupancy schedule is desired, it must reside in the BMS system. Lets look at the four modes... Occupied mode: Ventilation rates are set to maintain a safe environment, assuming normal working conditions and users are present, and there is optimum temperature control for occupant comfort. Unoccupied mode: Ventilation rates may be reduced considerably, assuming that no work that would generate undesirable fumes or vapours is being conducted and no users are present. Temperature control setpoints may also be relaxed, as comfort in an unoccupied space is not critical; indeed, allowing a greater dead band between cooling and heating set-points will reduce energy consumption. Standby mode: Allows the setting of cooling and heating set-points for a state between the occupied and unoccupied setpoints. Ventilation rates are the same as the occupied mode. Temperature control set-points are the same as the occupied mode but with a separate programmable dead band to change effective cooling and heating set-points. An example might be a space that is out of service or has been decommissioned.

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Bypass mode: A means of locally overriding an unoccupied command to set the space to the occupied mode for a predetermined time period (also known as bypass time). In the occupied mode, the ventilation rate should be calculated to provide the air changes necessary to maintain a safe environment under worstcase conditions. Cooling and heating commands will be driven to maintain the space temperature to within ±1 degree C of the desired set-point. In the unoccupied mode, the ventilation rates may be reduced. Also, since comfort of a space with no inhabitants is less critical, the temperature control parameters may be “set back” to a lower set point and/ or a wider cooling/heating dead band, thereby reducing energy consumption. In the bypass mode, a local occupancy override button will allow users to override the occupancy mode and set the space to occupied mode for a predetermined interval.

5. Emergency Mode Control: Emergency mode control consists of valve-level and zone-level control functions that allow the flow rate of any or all valves in the space to be overridden to a predetermined percent of flow, or shutoff set-points. There are four Emergency mode states and 1 Pandemic mode that are independently configurable. Thermal override for temperature control is inhibited, while an Emergency Mode is active. The airflow control system will provide a means of overriding temperature and pressurisation control in response to a command indicating an emergency condition exists, and airflow control devices are to be driven to a specific flow set point. The system will support up to nine emergency control modes. They are prioritised from 1 as the highest to 9 as the lowest. The emergency control modes may be initiated either by a local contact input (E Modes 1-4) or BMS command.

Once an emergency mode is initiated, the valve(s) will move to their pre-programmed set point until the input that triggered the emergency mode returns to its normal state. The local contact input takes priority over the BAS command. Each node may have up to nine emergency mode set-points configured. Each node may be configured separately. Emergency modes are initiated based on the nodes defining a pressurisation zone. Therefore, if Emergency Mode 1 is activated, only those devices that have an Emergency Mode 1 set-point in that specific zone respond to the command. Once initiated, the emergency mode is “locked” and can only be reset, or returned to a normal state, by the device that initiated the command. All emergency modes must be cleared before the system will revert to normal operation.

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adding that load centres in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul were built almost 50 years ago. As such, he says, the distribution network was not designed to meet the requirements of the current number of residents and the load of modern necessities such as air conditioning, all of which must be taken into consideration to reduce the financial loss from such inefficiencies. Placing the current capacity in the country at 16,000 MW – 18,000 MW, Istepanian points out that demand for power is only set to increase 8-10% annually, in view of the GDP and population growth. He emphasises that the requirement for reliable power must be addressed, since Iraq, similar to its

Road to Re A new, enthusiastic and dynamic Iraq is emerging from years of conflict and uncertainty, yet challenges lie ahead, as the quality and number of existing infrastructure is unable to meet the current needs of its citizens and the requirements of a government working towards economic self-sufficiency. Hannah Jo Uy of Climate Control Middle East takes a closer look at the nation’s road to rehabilitation…


esopotamia was once home to a myriad different cultures and civilisations, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Now known as Iraq, the fabled land between the two great rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, is more concerned with its future rather than its past. For more than a decade, the country was the battleground of wars that have left the once prosperous nation devastated. Today, Iraq and its people are eager to write a better story for the next generation. The years of fighting scarred the land, as revealed by the destruction of infrastructure, the deterioration of whatever remained, and the insufficient number of facilities, all unable to meet the basic requirements of the population. Harry Istepanian, Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute and an independent power consultant based in Washington D.C., USA, puts the number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Iraq at between two million


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and 2.5 million – a conservative estimate, he neighbours in the Middle East, is subject says, as the figure may be higher. Istepanian to the region’s high-ambient conditions, says that this is creating an urgent and which drive demand for cooling and, massive requirement for housing units, subsequently, power consumption during approximately four million the summer months. Robin in Iraq. “Once reconstruction Mills, CEO, Qamar Energy, starts,” he adds, “the demand and Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy for electricity will go high.” Institute, explains that access This is a major problem for a to 24-hour electricity still country with an underdeveloped remains elusive, with power power sector suffering from cuts common throughout significant technical and nonthe land. The government technical losses. Istepanian is feeling the pressure, explains: “If you are generating Istepanian adds, pointing Harry Istepanian 16,000 MW and losing 50%to massive riots in Basra, as 60% of it on the distribution citizens protest against power side, the consumer is only shortages. He says that the getting 8,000 or 9,000 MW. government fears the riots Those problems need to be will only escalate, unless new sorted out before thinking measures are taken, and that about adding more generation.” officials are implementing The losses, he says, is owing steady changes and promising to ageing power lines and 15% improvement in supply Robin Mills distribution transformers, of electricity.

we will get there again in a couple of years, as long as governments and companies keep improving the relationships,” he says. As Timothy McLaren, Senior Commercial Contracts Engineer, Ramboll, puts it: “Iraq is open for business for anyone that has a preference for them." Dr Tarik Al-Omran, Professor, Material Sciences, Baghdad University, echoes this saying that as the country makes a move to enhance its nonoil sector, manufacturers from all over the world have an opportunity to take part in the country’s rehabilitation, which is encouraged by the government through a number of incentives.

The energy crisis is only the tip of the iceberg, with Mills emphasising that the government also has a pressing need to develop infrastructure related to the water sector. Moustafa Hassan, General Manager (Iraq and Jordan), Metito, echoes this, pointing out that there has been an increase in demonstrations in Basra, as thousands were hospitalised from bad quality water. Currently, Hassan says, the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in the water in Basra range from 25,000 to 30,000 PPM. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the acceptable range of TDS is only 1,000 PPM. This, Hassan stresses, is a relaxed version,

been a steady increase in the sale of inverter splits in Iraq – with market share increasing year on year from one per cent in 2014 to almost 10% in 2018. “While the retail market currently accounts for 90% of our business,” he says, “we are anticipating that will shift and our light commercial segment will gain popularity as the new commercial projects in the country get realised.” Al Ghussein says there is big opportunity for VRF technology in villa and hotel developments, adding that the company is looking to contribute energyefficient cooling solutions to the country’s retail, hospitality, leisure and residential sectors.

as more conservative implementation of WHO standards even require TDS below 500 PPM. Hassan says the company, which has a long history in Iraq, is proposing long-term solutions to address TDS and make tap water acceptable for drinking and irrigation, to government entities. Previous projects, Hassan says, were put on hold, as funds were diverted for military spending, but that Metito resumed work in three out of the seven ongoing projects and expects work to resume for the remaining four in Baghdad soon.

The construction sector has attracted new names, as well. Arda A SOURCE FOR FUNDING Haçaduryan, Deputy Manager – Director While interest in entering the Iraq market After Sales Service, Metrology Group, says is palpable, much of the momentum is that the company’s interest restrained by questions in Iraq grew following its surrounding the reliability of cooperation with Reftrade, the funding for projects in a company that represents the pipeline. Hassan believes the interest of international that donor countries, such as manufacturers in the country. In Germany and England, will help view of the Iraqi government’s finance urgent jobs, adding support of the industrial sector, that recently, the government Haçaduryan says the company supported pending projects Moustafa Hassan is optimistic and confident that were more than 50% about the opportunities in the completed. Of late, much of the pipeline. However, the company optimism stems from support is still trying to get a clear grasp promised by the international of the market and identify community, including pledges potential buyers, adding that from countries in the European it is important to make inroads Union. However, Mills says that among stakeholders – an often in such commitments, exercise several months in the the money serves to kickstart making. “Iraq used to be a good projects than fully funding Tariq Al Ghussein market for Turkey, and I believe them, adding that much


OPEN FOR BUSINESS Metito is just one of the many companies looking to address the growing needs of the market. Taqeef is another, with Tariq Al Ghussein, CEO, sharing that the company started doing business in Iraq in 2003 and currently has showrooms in Baghdad and Basra. He confirms that Taqeef plans to invest to further advance its presence in the country. Already, Al Ghussein says, there has

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of the rebuilding, thus far, is being initiated by the people themselves from the oil sector. “The government has some money to spend again,” he says. “That’s all helping the situation.” Speaking on growing interest among Arab investors, Istepanian reports that the GCC region is also earnest in its efforts to participate in Iraq’s reconstruction programme, as revealed by visits from the leadership of these countries. However, this will take time. “It’s not something you will see by end of the year,” he says. “It may take 5-10 years.” While Iraq looks to foreign investment to stimulate the construction sector, Istepenian points out that ith a population approaching 40 million, Iraq has a unique advantage currently, owing to the low oil over its counterparts in the GCC region, says Robin Mills, CEO, Qamar prices, the country has a deficit of Energy, and Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute, emphasising that this USD 22 billion dollars [based on means the country will not be reliant on expatriates for its workforce. That said, Mills admits oil price at USD 56/barrel) in this that Iraq faces its own set of challenges, having gone through several wars that disrupted the year’s fiscal budget, and that socio-economic dynamics of a nation, rendering many people unemployed. Harry Istepanian, Senior the government is expecting the Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute, and an independent power consultant based in Washington D.C., private sector will participate in USA, puts the unemployment number between 20 and 30%. addressing the deficit. However, Istepanian stresses that the massive gap in unemployment can be addressed through greater Mills believes that the current support for the construction sector, which is highly labour-intensive and creates a requirement for market is not as “private-sector friendly” as one would hope for, builders, electricians, plumbers and engineers. Dr Tarik Al-Omran, Professor, Material Sciences, Baghdad saying “it’s getting easier to University, points out that while Iraq has the required human capital of engineers, technical people operate there, but it is not an and workers, there is a dire need of retraining them to update knowledge when it comes to technical easy place”. innovations and standards. Another issue that Mills identifies is the lack of skills owing to the generational gap. While the older BUMPS IN THE ROAD generation in their 60s and 70s have a lot of international knowledge and expertise, he says, there is AHEAD a gap in the mid-career people ,who underwent a difficult period in Iraq owing to the war. Timothy McLaren believes security McLaren, Senior Commercial Contracts Engineer, Ramboll, adds that many of the other skilled and and safety concerns educated people also opted to leave the country and, having set up roots in other countries, are have a part to play not willing to go back. Mills says this aggravates the situation, as it is harder to pass on the relevant in this regard. knowledge and training to develop skills of the youth. Mills adds that many visitors Dr Al-Oman says the government is looking to address the issue by integrating youth skills in deal with heavy the national agenda. However, he says, this is largely confined to colleges, universities requirements related and institutions. He believes, however, there is scope for private companies and to insurance policies, manufacturers in the field of HVACR or construction to also contribute by adding that while security spearheading training and programmes under engineering colleges, to develop more has greatly improved, specialsied skill sets among the younger generation. overall perception remains McLaren adds there is a wealth of opportunity to benefit mutual parties negative. McLaren says in this regard, pointing out that much of the youth are simply not being this is only aggravated by given the option to learn skills for “an honest day’s work”, be it installing a disorganised visa system, pipes or doing drywall. “That country is untapped human capital that never making the travel process even left,” he stresses, “and they have a strong urge to more tedious for potential visitors. To break the existing have a job and support the family.” McLaren stigma associated with Iraq’s says that with the growing movement security situation, Dr Al-Omran towards digitilisation, there is a lot of stigma believes more efforts must be taken surrounding manual labour, as more of the to ease engagement with international youth get into the field of business or technology. markets, which will help remove This, he says, makes technically skilled and specially misconceptions in the global community. trained people in the field of construction a precious He adds that support towards conferences, commodity. “Somebody still has to build something,” he exhibitions and seminars inside and outside says, “you still need people to float the concrete and put the of Iraq, and media engagement would also cable in, etc. That workforce could be the next best construction go a long way when it comes to breaking people in the world.” – HJU stereotypes.




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Government intervention is also needed and appliances that do not meet energyto further cultivate a more attractive efficiency criteria.” This, he says, will greatly business environment for the private sector. reduce the heavy burden of consumption For his part, Al Ghussein says on an already fragile power fluctuations in customs policies network. and rates make sales strategies Al Ghussein believes and pricing very difficult. That that as Iraq’s increasing said, the government’s role is stability paves the way not only confined to attracting for new developments, products and services but there is an opportunity also includes ensuring that for the government to businesses that enter the develop a robust regulatory Timothy McLaren country deliver the right kind of backdrop that will promote solutions and the market adopts consumer protection, lead them accordingly. to improvement in terms of Currently, however, Al quality of products and create Ghussein says cost is a key huge opportunities for new, factor driving purchasing turnkey, energy-efficiency decisions in the Iraq market. projects. Most importantly, “Disposable income remains Al Ghussein says, it will put a limited, so the market share of clamp down on counterfeit the cheaper cooling products goods, which he says the Arda Haçaduryan obviously reflects this,” he public sector must pay heed says. However, reliability is to, as currently, Taqeef, to also of particular importance; cite an instance, is aware instabilities in electrical supply of 23 fake Fujitsu General mean inverter products, which brands circulating in the Iraq require less start-up current, market. are often the most reliable choice.” The energy-efficiency THE COLOUR OF features of such products, he MONEY explains, are then seen only as Undoubtedly, a stricter legal Dr Tarik Al-Omran a secondary benefit to their framework would allow ability to operate within an Iraq to be less vulnerable often compromised power supply. to counterfeits, misrepresentations and Istepenian says the intermittent nature of other instances of bad practice, which power should push the government to pursue may have negative implications down demand-side management schemes through the line for the built-environment and its regulations. “There is no push from the inhabitants. However, McLaren, a stark government’s side for more efficient ways of advocate of transparency, also encourages construction, and no legislation on the kind scrutiny with regard to regulations related of appliances that are used or imported,” he to energy efficiency or specifications, as says. “I think the government should educate often “the colour of the money dictates the people about this, through media campaigns, rule that will be set”. “Everyone wants to and put legislation banning conventional know what’s going to be the standard,” he bulbs or the import of air conditioning units says. “Is it European, American or maybe Chinese? How will you integrate it if Iraqi government wants all three and nothing is compatible? What if the industry keeps its mouth shut and the government suffers from the cost associated with variations? I have seen it happen, where people don’t say anything to get more follow-up work, because nothing connects. Responsible companies don’t do that – they get involved in the programme and in the planning process. If you don’t, you only create a problem for you to address.” McLaren

adds that policies would be effective so long as they balance cost and promote technically acceptable standards that do not compromise on safety and quality, while allowing companies to remain competitive. Pointing to another issue plaguing the market, Hassan says local stakeholders do not have the necessary expertise to properly evaluate technical specifications of tenders. Decision makers, Hassan says, often opt for the cheaper option, despite it not being the best solution, for fear of being questioned on why a project was awarded to a higher bidder, as they are unable to explain the long-term technical, financial and operational benefits of one solution over another. As distributors of European brands, Haçaduryan says this serves as a challenge for the company “as convincing for the best quality is never as easy as it seems to be”. Dr Al-Omran echoes the importance of directing investment towards high-quality products, saying that the market has long suffered from installation of bad quality equipment in the previous years. For many stakeholders education is the best antidote to safeguard the industry from skewed, cost-centric thinking. Istepanian supports the value of training, saying that many local stakeholders are not proficient in contract management, owing to lack of experience, leading to mismanagement of projects and existing resources. Hassan believes this can be addressed through the exchange of knowledge, and that it is important to have international consultants enter the country to share knowledge and to conduct trainings. He adds that there is a need for assessment of technical qualifications before proposals are submitted, so the consultant is liable and responsible for decisions. This creates an ecosystem that will make it easy for the Iraqi government to procure good-quality and long-lasting products and equipment at competitive prices. Al Ghussein says, “While the challenges of the Iraq market are huge, so are the opportunities.” Indeed, as Iraq and its people usher in a new era for the country, the international community, particularly those in the GCC region, could play a vital role in helping the country move forward and, most importantly, do so in the right fashion.

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Gerald Stewart, Principal Acoustics – Inhabit Group, adopting an introspective tone and through posing questions to himself, shares his insights on the need for acoustic certification with Climate Control Middle East…


veryone has a five-year plan, right? Acoustics and the Middle East region should not be any different, so is it time for a rethink, or are we doing okay?

From the outset, one of the most noticeable things I have seen is the change in attitude amongst architects, developers and builders alike, regarding acoustics. They all want it included in the design stages, now that it is included in many federal decrees with the various building regulation minimum and ‘Green’ requirements, but at the same time, I still see the VE axe cutting a fair swathe through our good intentions, at the cost-planning stage or slightly after – that is when the tenders come back in.

So, why is this still the problem? Years ago – to be specific, in a 2013 article in Climate Control Middle East – I had mentioned that controls weren’t in place to ensure compliance with regulations and, despite writing these criteria into design and specification documents, the actual times I’ve been asked to go in and measure a completed building for acoustic compliance here in the Middle East is countable on my


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fingers (and I would have a few left over to hold my morning coffee!). The number of designs the Middle East region’s other acoustic consultants and I have provided far outweighs the signed confirmations of meeting the required compliance standards, at building handover.

I ask again, ‘So, why is this still the problem?’ Again, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all response to this question, but I suspect it comes down to ‘it isn’t actually law, so why should we’. This is not the correct answer, as in the United Arab Emirates the federal decree by the implication of the various named standards does ‘make it law’, as the standards state that a building or portion of it must be tested on completion. So, why does this not occur? I believe it comes down to one or two major reasons – cost and continuation. The cost is that a builder would need to procure the services of a third-party acoustic consultant, and this brings in the second reason, which is that in many projects the acoustic consultants probably aren’t going to want to give away work to someone else. This attitude is being driven by acoustic consultants, because we are all protective of our patch, and this giving away of work doesn’t gel well with the effort we must go through to win a client, work on the project and see it all to fruition, only to be ‘marked and assessed by someone else’. To this, I say: “Hold on! What if you have to go and mark and assess another consultant’s building and so on and so on? Aren’t the acoustics of the world going to get better? Isn’t this why we’re all here? To do good for the world? This is certainly the underlying desire of my office.” So, dare I say that some simply need to let go a little bit to gain a lot, and the world benefits, too. Everyone loves ‘win-win’, but everyone loves ‘win, win, win’ even more, don’t they? Well, it seems not. I can’t believe that I am the first person putting it out there, so maybe it isn’t the reason, after all? Let us explore the natural alternative. Let us all forget about acoustics and not worry about it at all forever more. I can hear right now the thundering feet of 10,000 acoustic consultants beating down my door, to tar and feather me, but the sharp reality is that few people really understand what it implies, even fewer know how to spell the word, and even fewer among the fewer still want to pay for any of it, because they can’t see it. The norm seems to be: ‘Let us forget it and cut the standards out. Let us make everything as cheaply and as quickly as possible, with the materials we are used to using and have readily available.’ Indeed, almost everyone seems to be saying, ‘Let’s not try to make it better, let’s just build it, until we move into our new AED 5 million apartment, that is, and all we can hear is the noise from our neighbours, and our children can’t study, because they can’t hear themselves think.’ I was standing in an apartment recently, near a new high-end part of town, and a nightclub was booming along happily quite a long distance away, and with the windows and doors of the apartment closed all I could hear (and almost feel) was the noise of the music. The time was around 8pm, well

before that particular nightclub really gets going! Forget about buying a TV for this one, I thought, it would be a waste of money. But then I dug deeper and graciously excused myself and told the seller that with that noise in the background, buying this apartment would be a waste of my money. I like the sound of the music of my choice, at my time, and not the sound of a nightclub going crazy, well into my sleep time. On discussion, the seller said he had been trying to sell since a month after buying, because the noise had ruined his life for the last six months. He bought off-plan and didn’t realise what he’d gotten himself into. He was not able to upgrade the façade or make any changes to his apartment to block the noise. I felt sorry for him but not enough to want to buy his apartment. As nice as the view was and as wonderful as I could imagine it to be living there without the noise, it was a definite no-go zone for me. Money, it appears, is the realm of those rich enough to have it and the rest of us need to accept what they want us to have, which is why I suspect these new apartments, built under the current law, if measured, would fail to meet the standards. So again, I come back to measurements for compliance – why bother, and yes, I can still hear the thundering feet of 10,000 acoustic consultants, but the reality is that sustainable design, and new and practical ways to build buildings bring us to this level. “Cut out what you can’t see and delete everything unnecessary, no one cares.” I did hear a developer make this very statement and was pretty much in agreement with his last words, “no one cares”.

I still believe this all comes down to the one simple missing link – we don’t have municipality people in place to support the sign-off process. We have Civil Defence and an army of municipality engineers to sign-off all other parts of a building, but we perhaps also need to have the right people with the right qualifications in the right positions to administer and sign-off the various noisecontrol objectives. This is clearly a big ask for any government to implement quickly, as there are very few available and highly trained acoustic practitioners for the consulting market, let alone to have Arab nationals in each region to facilitate the acoustic sign-off process, but we do have the means to solve this problem. I take it right back to the start, where we have plenty of suitably qualified and registered acoustic consultants and enough work to go around that a third-party assessment process could easily be invoked and mandated with a paper-trail process put in place in municipality departments, to make sure that people can live in peace and harmony and that the night clubber in all of us can still go somewhere to enjoy music that is far too loud for comfort and can then come home at any time – day or night – and not be woken up by someone next door dropping a pin on the floor of their apartment.

If we all had this attitude, where would we be. Probably ‘existing’ in an unsafe building with no services, no safety, no security, no fire control, no roof, no windows, no doors… hmm… isn’t that a cave? So, why is it that we have fire codes and sign-off, we have electrical codes and sign-off, we have mechanical codes and sign-off, we have sustainability codes and sign-off and we have architectural codes and sign-off. Why do we still not have sign-off for the acoustic codes we already have in place? We have cinema builders in Saudi Arabia making sure that their designs comply by ensuring there are qualified acoustic consultants going in to measure both during and on completion, and tests to ensure they meet codes. In 2016, 18-24 year-olds went to the movies an average of 6.5 times over the year, up 0.6 from 2015. This was the largest increase of any age group. Per capita attendance was next highest for 12-17 year-olds (6.1). Per capita attendance also increased for 25-39 year-olds and 50-59 year olds compared to the previous year. Per capita attendance increased for African Americans and Asians/Other Ethnicities compared to 2015. In 2016, Asians/Other Ethnicities reported the highest annual attendance per capita, going to the cinema an average of 6.1 times in the year. (source MPAA-Theatrical-Market-Statistics-2016) We spend a “frequent average” of 12 hours per year/per 11% of humans in a cinema, and these are tested not once, but often twice, for compliance, yet every one of us spends 2,920 hours at home per year trying to sleep, and we still have no acoustic compliance-testing in many regions. We even have a higher rate of testing for offices than we do for residential apartments and co-joined residences, so where exactly are we missing the point?

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The choice, of course, is a cave; there are a few of those still available, but I’ve heard they can get a little uncomfortable and damp at times, though if you go far enough inside, you may get rid of most noise. The approaches repeated – note these options were presented in the original text from five years ago and, surprisingly, we have the laws in place now, but they are still not being checked for compliance at the end of a project – that is, in the handover stage.

PRESCRIPTIVE APPROACH – DEEMED-TO-SATISFY SYSTEMS This option uses only systems that comply with Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions. These building elements would be constructed and installed as outlined in the regulations. The construction of the building elements should be inspected, and evidence documented that the building elements are in accordance with the provisions of the regulations. The evidence can be in the form of a summary of building materials used on site, regular memorandum of inspections, overall list of defects, construction photographs of key elements and a summary of the rectification measures undertaken on the project. Acoustic certification for occupancy is issued when all defects have been rectified to the satisfaction of the acoustical consultant.

PRESCRIPTIVE APPROACH – LABORATORYTESTED SYSTEMS These building elements would be constructed and installed as those systems tested in the laboratory. The construction of these building elements would be inspected, and evidence documented that the building elements are in accordance with the tested systems. The evidence can be in the form of a summary of building materials used on site, regular memorandum of inspections, overall list of defects, construction photographs of key elements and a summary of the rectification measures undertaken on the project. This option uses only systems, which have been verified by testing in an approved testing laboratory.

PERFORMANCE APPROACH – VERIFICATION METHODS – FIELD TESTING The building elements would be constructed as recommended, including any additional detailing to limit flanking noise. Inspections would be conducted, defects rectified, and documentation produced, which demonstrates compliance with the construction requirements. Testing is then conducted on a suitable number of building elements. Typically, at least 10% of all wall systems should be tested. For some complicated sites, this may be 40–50%. The documentation can be in the form of a summary of building materials used on site, regular memorandum of inspections, overall list of defects, construction photographs of key elements, a summary of the rectification measures undertaken on the project and a copy of the results of acoustical testing.


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For this option, it is expected that only systems that are likely to comply, when tested on site, would be used.

PERFORMANCE APPROACH — CHECKING FOR COMPLIANCE — EXPERT JUDGEMENT This option uses only systems, which in the opinion of an expert acoustical consultant, would meet the required performance scheduled in typical standards. The ability of a consultant to make an expert judgement needs to be documented, as does the basis of their opinion. Typically, testing would need to have been conducted on the proposed system. The consultant would, then, need to form an opinion that the proposed system complies with the provisions of the regulations. The building elements would be constructed as required. Inspections would be conducted, defects rectified and documentation produced, which demonstrates compliance with the construction requirements.

PERFORMANCE APPROACH — COMPARISON WITH DEEMED-TO-SATISFY SYSTEMS This option uses only systems which, in the opinion of an expert, would match the performance of Deemed-to-Satisfy Systems. The ability of an expert to make an expert judgement needs to be documented, as does the basis of his/her opinion. Typically, testing would need to have been conducted on a proposed system, and an expert would have formed an opinion that the proposed system is no worse than a Deemed-to-Satisfy System based on these test results. The building elements would be constructed as required, inspections would be conducted, defects rectified, and documentation produced, which demonstrates compliance with the construction requirements. The intent of this approach is to consider treatments for services relating to noise insulation and for impact rating of walls. An example is to measure the noise intrusion level from waste pipes adjoining the room and comparing these levels with the equivalent level from a Deemed-to-Satisfy System. The impact rating of walls is a more difficult undertaking, as no test method is universally acceptable to all interested persons.

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EmpowEr rEnEws commitmEnt to cut cooling Emissions “As a key partner of UN Environment’s ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’, we are dedicated to reduce harmful emissions generated by heating and cooling systems,” says CEO of the utility company By CCME Content Team

ubai-headquartered Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), is reaffirming its commitment to cut cooling emissions in response to the fresh strides made by UN Environment, the District Cooling utility said through a Press communiqué. In a recent statement, Ahmad Bin Shafar the global environmental authority has announced new developments in the efforts to curtail cooling and heating emissions worldwide. The very latest is that the UN Environment plans to support new District Cooling projects in India and in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of its ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’. Over the last few years, UN Environment has cautioned that the expansion of middle class in developing economies will place heavy demands on heating and cooling systems worldwide – particularly as temperatures across the planet climb to unprecedented, dangerous highs – and will result in ballooning the greenhouse gas emissions. According to the organisation, traditional cooling systems consume over 50% of building energy, as well as run on the excessive use of fossil fuels that further exacerbates global warming. District cooling has been selected by UN Environment as an unparalleled energy-efficient and energy-saving solution. Empower said through the communiqué that in line with UN Environment directives, it is committed to decreasing emissions by cultivating a culture of efficient District Cooling systems across the UAE and beyond. By partnering with UN Environment’s ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’ – an initiative targeted at delivering significant environmental benefits around the world – Empower has scaled up its


efforts to a larger and global level, the utility company said through the communiqué. “As a key partner of UN Environment’s “District Energy in Cities” Initiative, we are dedicated to reduce harmful emissions generated by heating and cooling systems,” Ahmad Bin Shafar, the CEO of Empower, said through the communiqué. “We are committed to implementing our strategy to reduce the harmful emissions from cooling systems by working and joining forces with our strategic partners, including UN Environment.” Bin Shafar stressed that Empower highlights the importance of promoting environmentally sound practices and sustainable developments across the UAE, as well the rest of the world. Empower, the communiqué said, also provides financial aid to conduct a study to evaluate the potential of District Energy Systems in certain parts of India. Meanwhile, here in the UAE, Empower is actively contributing to the implementation of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy. Empower became a partner of UN Environment in the District Energy in Cities Initiative as a multi-stakeholder to extend its efforts beyond the UAE. Coordinated by UN Environment, the initiative is supporting efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector onto energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions, the communiqué said. It aims to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements for heating and cooling in buildings by 2030 and helping countries to meet their climate and sustainable development targets, the communiqué added. The initiative also supports local and national governments to build expertise and implement policies geared to accelerate investment in modern, low-carbon and climate-resilient District Energy systems. UN Environment is currently providing technical support to cities in eight countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, China, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Russia and Serbia.

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etihad esco participates in mefma confex 2019 Body highlights how smart data can optimise building efficiency and energy management at the conference By CCME Content Team

region’s FM sector. The role they tihad ESCO participated play in the achievement of the Dubai as a strategic partner in Overall Energy Reduction targets that the 9th edition of MEFMA seek to save 30% energy by 2030 CONFEX 2019, along with make them even more relevant. By TAQATI — the Dubai Energy Efficiency demonstrating our successes at the Program (set up under Etihad ESCO), event, we hope that we during which it were able to inspire many threw the spotlight more public and private on retrofit projects entities to follow suit in the it has successfully adoption of energy-saving implemented in the past measures.” and the cost savings Etihad ESCO, with its achieved through the mission to make Dubai’s execution of energy Ali Al Jassim built-environment a conservations measures leading example of energy (ECMs). The CONFEX ran efficiency, is currently retrofitting over from March 10 to 12 in Dubai. 30,000 buildings in the Emirate to Shadi Al Kadi, Director, TAQATI ensure energy efficiency and manage delivered a presentation on ‘How rising energy demand. The Super ESCO Smart Data can Optimise Building aims to create viable performance Efficiency and Energy Management’. contracting market for energy service Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO, companies by auditing and proposing said: “As strategic partners at the energy-conservation measures ninth MEFMA CONFEX, we were able to major building contractors/ to showcase our successful retrofit developers, bringing Dubai closer to the projects and the energy savings achievement of its sustainability goals. achieved through them before the


▶ Shadi Al Kadi, delivers a presentation on

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What trends have emerged following Saudi Arabia’s move to MEPS 3? Positive impact will take time to take effect, says industry insider By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

ith Saudi Arabia moving to MEPS 3, Dr Anwar Hassan, subject matter expert, said strong enforcement to take effect, since they affect new purchases, “while the and compliance have driven the installed inventory in the country is large and of a vintage market towards high-performance equipment. that has significantly worse energy efficiency”. However, Dr Hassan said, since constructionHe added: “It was very interesting to see the authorities contracting terms and the evaluation of offers from discussing and developing programmes that encourage suppliers and contractors call for compliance with replacement of low-efficiency old units and the purchase of Dr Anwar Hassan minimum requirements, without incentivising better high-energy efficiency premium units. Like all new concepts, performance, the practice in the field “still favour those who the initial period will have to have quite a bit of ‘we learn as we do’, remain close to the floor of minimum requirement and disfavour, but what is encouraging is that there is no lack of energy in these to some extent, those whose minimum performance is higher than programmes. There was short-term disruptive impact initially, but the minimum permitted.” I believe the industry is over it largely.” Setting the floor, he added, Dr Hassan further commented that by their nature, positive does not incentivise better performance, in addition to being almost impact from setting these minimum standards will take time entirely contract-based on fixed-cost contracts.



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mefma confex 2019 looks at opportunities in technology-driven fm Strong project pipeline in region to drive demand for quality FM service, say participants By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

s Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA), we are looking towards the future, said Jamal Lootah, President, MEFMA, as he welcomed participants and exhibitors during the inauguration of MEFMA CONFEX 2019, held from March 10 to 12, in Dubai. Highlighting the important role the event plays as a strategic platform to promote best practices, Lootah emphasised that the theme ‘Business Intelligence & Technology-Driven Facilities Management’ was in response to the urgent need to develop FM solutions that address the region’s rapidly evolving construction landscape. MEFMA, he added, aims to support the competitiveness of the region’s FM sector, which is currently valued at about USD 37 billion. Ali Al Suwaidi, Vice President, MEFMA, added that the CONFEX saw almost 50% growth in


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the number of attendees and exhibitors, compared to the previous year, attracting the participation of government bodies, educational sectors and FM companies from the region and beyond to showcase best practice in view of operational efficiency and sustainability. “All came together to discuss the new era of FM using technology,” he said. “It is very clear now that FM is the answer for energy saving and energy management in any building.” Al Suwaidi stressed that a special feature in the 2019 edition was the counselling session that allowed visitors to speak with FM companies to get clarity on key topics, such as


Company will operate and maintain three District Cooling plants at ADNOC’s Ruwais City facility By CCME Content Team

Mohammed Essa Bundakji

the implementation of CAFM systems, command and control setup for buildings, contract management and handover, digital transformation of FM operations, energy audit, fire and life safety strategy, FM best practices and the setup of FM companies. Mohammed Essa Bundakji, Group Managing Director, Initial Saudi Group, an exhibitor and platinum sponsor of the event, commended MEFMA’s efforts to drive FM standards and initiatives with learning institutes in the region, and highlighted the growing number of projects in the country, which is still the largest consumer market. “MEFMA is attracting more and more Saudi

engagement, because the FM industry in Saudi is growing,” he said. Al Suwaidi echoed this saying it is important to enhance quality of FM providers in view of the strong project pipeline in the region, highlighting projects from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior worth up to SAR 40 billion, all of which will require asset management professionals, and those relating to new developments in Egypt, which is emerging as a strong FM market. “The construction boom in the whole region in the last 15 years is phenomenal,” he said, “This is where we feel that it is really a sector that will grow – it will never disappear, because you have services you have to provide to buildings of different sectors, like retail, hospitality, commercial, residential and educational. You have a huge sector that needs FM professionals to have the right strategy to manage their buildings.”

five years, the communiqué said. The contract came into effect on March 1, 2019. The three plants have a total installed capacity of 26,000 TR of electric-driven centrifugal chillers. According to the communiqué, USCS commenced re-commissioning/retrocommissioning services immediately upon award of the plants to ensure the reliability of chiller and ancillary equipment, and optimum efficiency as well as set benchmarks for future ECMs.

S Chiller Services (USCS) has been awarded the comprehensive operation and maintenance of three District Cooling plants for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, the company said through a Press communiqué. USCS will be responsible for complete operation, maintenance, services and energy optimisation of the three chilled water plants for


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hormann introduces energy-saving thermo garage doors Double-skinned doors for homes offer thermal insulation achieved by sections with thermal break with a U-value of 0.33 W/( m²·K), says German company By CCME Content Team

ormann has launched its doubleskinned LPU 67 sectional garage doors that open vertically upwards and can be suspended under the ceiling to save space, the German company said through a Press communiqué. According to the communiqué, the Darius Khanloo doors offer excellent thermal insulation achieved by sections with thermal break with a U-value of 0.33 W/ (m²·K), a very good seal on spaces between sections with double-lip seals and an optimum floor connection using double- bottom seals, which also compensate for floor unevenness and energy losses. For those seeking ways to isolate airconditioned areas, the LPU 67 thermo sectional garage doors have been designed to achieve the company’s lowest ever U-value, providing up to 50% more thermal insulation than previous models, the company said through the communiqué. The doors achieve this by using 67mm-thick, polyurethane foam-filled panels and double-lip seals on all four sides, the company claimed through the communiqué. A well-insulated garage door is always recommended when the garage and the home are directly


▶ Thermo garage doors

connected, the communiqué said. Darius Khanloo, Managing Director, Hormann Middle East & Africa, said: “Since the sectional doors open vertically upwards, you can make full use of the space inside and in front of the garage. The comfort and convenience of the LPU 67 make it the best choice for garage doors.”

taqeef recognised for ‘best green building project’

Company earns honour at Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards 2019 for its 5,000-villa VRF project in Al Ain By CCME Content Team

AE-based Taqeef has won the ‘Best Green Building Project’ award at the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards 2019 for its Ain Al Fayda 5,000-villa VRF project, the company said through a Press communiqué. Taqeef said through the communiqué Tariq Al Ghussein that it earned the honour for its innovative support for sustainable building solutions and the use of green design and technology in the project. The AED 9 billion, 12.5-million-square-metre Ain Al Fayda development forms a key part of the Emirati Family Housing Programme – a comprehensive, mixeduse, master-planned community, catering to an estimated 60,000 population base. By using Midea’s VRF technology for this ‘world-first’ project, the judges noted that Taqeef demonstrated support for sustainable growth through investment in clean energy and smart technologies, as outlined in the UAE Vision 2021, The Green Growth Strategy, The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy (DIES) 2030 and the UN’s



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Sustainable Development Goals, the company said through the communiqué. The scope of the project – reportedly, the largest VRF installation in the world – has already secured significant savings, Taqeef said in the communiqué. With 51% occupancy since January 2018, these include estimated power savings of 54,358,200 KWh, CO2 savings of 29,190,353 Kg and electricity bill savings of AED 21,743,280, the company claimed through the communiqué. Speaking at the ceremony, which took place at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Tariq Al Ghussein, CEO at Taqeef, commented: “We are thrilled to be recognised in this important category. This award is testament to the dedication of our team and partners in delivering innovative, large-scale cooling solutions that are designed to improve the efficiency of buildings and reduce the impact on both human health and the environment.” He added: “While VRF wasn’t the simplest solution for this project, it was the most sustainable, and so that made it an obvious choice to us. Through the innovation of our product partners at Midea and that of our talented technical team, we were able to deliver a project that made a positive impact on our business, our region and our industry.

xylem appoints new leadership for middle east and africa regions Says the move is part of its growth strategy for the Emerging Markets

Emicool gears up for sustainability drive

District Cooling utility opts for an all-electric vehicle fleet in a bit to lower its carbon footprint By CCME Content Team

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ater technology company, Xylem has announced the appointment of Francis (Frank) Ackland as the Francis Ackland Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, and the repositioning of Vincent Chirouze as the Regional Managing Director for Africa. The company said through a Press communiqué that Ackland and Chirouze are expected to play a pivotal role in reinforcing Xylem’s presence and position in both markets. The realignment of the Middle East and Africa region into two separate business operating regions comes as part of Xylem’s growth strategy of strengthening its leadership position across emerging markets, the communiqué said. Ackland joins Xylem with over 20 years of experience in the region and will be instrumental in leveraging growth opportunities and expanding the business in the Middle East. Prior to joining Xylem, he held the position of Regional Managing Director, Middle East, at Eaton, overseeing the electrical business. He has previously worked in regional roles at GE, Alstom and Areva. “I am delighted to join Xylem, with which I share its vision of solving global water issues and contributing to the sustainability agenda,” Ackland said. Pointing out to the work Xylem has done to date with regard to establishing its regional presence and manufacturing capabilities, he said that he looked to leverage further to deliver value-added products and services to regional customers. According to the communiqué, Chirouze will focus his efforts on expanding Xylem’s business in Africa and penetrating growth opportunities across the continent. He has previously held various leadership positions in Africa and looks forward to again relocating to the continent. Speaking about his new role, Chirouze said: “I look forward to moving back to Africa and work closely with our local teams in delivering superior water solutions and applications knowledge to our customers across Africa.”


▶ Representatives from Emicool, Arabian Automobiles and Renault Middle East with the Renault ZOE

mirates District Cooling LLC (Emicool) has underlined its efforts towards sustainability with a decision to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet, comprising Renault ZOE cars, delivered by Arabian Automobiles, and a commitment to provide six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the support of DEWA, the District Cooling utility said through a Press communiqué. Emicool will launch phase 1 of the project by adopting the Renault Zoe for 40% of its fleet, and will add 30% pickup-style vehicles in September, before transforming 100% of its fleet by Q1 of 2020, the communiqué said. The move to replace the entire fleet with electric models will reduce CO₂ emissions by 400 ton CO₂ per year, while the decision to make EV charging spots available, part of Emicool’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, will give the general public the opportunity to live greener and more sustainable lives, the communiqué added. The communiqué quoted Dr Adib Moubadder, CEO, Emicool, as saying: “Emicool provides a viable, sustainable solution to air conditioning requirements in this region, and sustainability is part of our mission – to provide a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly District Cooling service, which helps to reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. We have always implemented clean energy programmes to achieve energy efficiency and renewable energy, as aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. Our new fleet of electric cars and our green public parking spots are just further evidence of our initiatives to help promote environmental and economic sustainability.” According to the communiqué, last year, Emicool received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) global certifications for its quality, energy and environmental management systems. It also became the first District Cooling agency in the MENA region to be conferred the ‘Global Conformity GC Mark’ as a certified green company. Other efforts in sustainability at Emicool include a 70KW solar car parking system and plans for a 2.8MW solar farm.


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ASHRAE Falcon Chapter translates Standard 55-2017 into Arabic The translation of the Standard will help further raise awareness on indoor thermal comfort, an aspect that is not being addressed sufficiently right from the design stage of a building in the GCC region, ASHRAE says By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

team from ASHRAE, led by Dr Ahmed Ala’a Eldin Mohamed, Director and Regional Chair, Region At Large (RAL), Board of Directors, ASHRAE, recently translated the ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, on Thermal Environmental Conditions, to Arabic. Elaborating on the reason for translating the standard, Osama Khayata, Translator and General Coordinator, ASHRAE member, Dr Ahmed Ala’a Eldin said: “Indoor thermal comfort, especially in hot and humid Mohamed zones, such as the GCC region, is an issue that is not being addressed sufficiently right from the design stage of a building.” Elaborating, he said, that after having translated Standard 62.1 to Arabic, the team decided that it was time to work on ASHRAE Standard 55 and bring its content to Arabic speakers. “The translation of Standard 55,” he said, “will help raise awareness of its requirements, especially since the Standard has been partially implemented by government bodies such as the Dubai Municipality.” Pointing to another aspect, Mohammad Al Hemide, Translator, ASHRAE member, said: “Standard 55 specifies the acceptable conditions for thermal environments, and its use can be found in design, operation and commissioning of buildings, in addition to other occupied spaces.” Adding, he said, that the Standard addresses six factors to achieving thermal comfort – the metabolic rate, clothing insulation, air temperature, radiant temperature, air speed and humidity. Highlighting how the majority of issues related to thermal discomfort arise, he said that appropriate air temperature, humidity and air speed have a vital role to play, and the Standard will help design engineers understand thermal comfort conditions better. However, Standard 55 has been re-written since the year 2013. Highlighting the changes brought to it, Khayata said, “The requirements of the 2017 edition of the ASHRAE Standard 55 have been simplified and clarify the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3 ‘Elevated Air Speed’.” The 2017 edition, he added, includes new requirements needed to calculate the change in thermal comfort from direct solar radiation. Elaborating on how achieving thermal satisfaction within an indoor space is essential for good IAQ, Mohammed Khalil Haleemeh, Translator, ASHRAE member, said: “Thermal satisfaction is one of the challenges that the HVAC designer faces during the design process.” However, he added, thermal satisfaction depends on many factors, two of them are the metabolic rate and clothing insulation. “These factors vary,” he said, “depending on a person’s activity and the clothes he wears.” Elaborating, he said, that means in some cases, it is not possible to find one set of conditions suitable for everyone at the same time.



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empower pipeline network crosses 277 kms at the end of 2018 This growth highlights the confidence of investors and developers in District Cooling systems and in its role as an environmentally friendly solution, says utility company’s CEO By CCME Content Team

mirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) revealed through a Press communiqué that the total length of its pipeline network for District Cooling transmission in Dubai had crossed 277 kilometres by the end of 2018. Expansion of the pipeline network is part of the company's strategy to cater to the increasing demand for District Cooling services in many residential and commercial projects, and to contribute to the development of its infrastructure, in line with the objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021, the company said through the communiqué.


brandagnostic approach best in an epc-driven market, says enova We work with leading manufacturers and engineers and offer custombuilt solutions, says company’s representative By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

The company said it has added key projects to its portfolio and that it has acquired a cooling plant and pipeline network in Al Barari, established by the project’s main developer, in 2018. Empower has initiated its work for major projects, including Deira Waterfront, Al Barari Development and the designing of a 40,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR) District Cooling plant for Dubailand Residence Complex. It also has contracts worth AED 250 million to expand its pipeline network in some of its projects, like Sheikh Zayed Road, to transfer District Cooling services from its plant located in Business Bay to serve Dubai Arena as well as some towers. Said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower: “The network of District Cooling transmission pipelines is steadily growing from year to year, reflecting the increase in number of projects Empower is implementing and its proven approach to develop its infrastructure further. The growth highlights the confidence of investors and developers in District Cooling systems and in its role as an environmentally friendly solution due to the high efficiency, and reduced operating and maintenance cost, while improving Empower’s overall competitiveness.” Bin Shafar noted that the innovative solutions and technologies that Empower is developing, particularly in the pipeline network, are part of its efforts to implement the UAE Green Growth Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The initiative is divided into six main tracks, and

Ahmad Bin Shafar

aims to make the UAE a global hub and a successful model of the new green economy, and support global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. District Cooling, he said, is one of the energy efficiency accelerators, as announced by the United Nations. Empower, he said, has succeeded in creating smart solutions for the challenges it faced due to the special technologies that it uses for equipment and pipes to pass without causing any road damage, or disrupting traffic flow. Empower, he said, is keen on using innovative technologies to control the water flow, through faucets and special equipment, to complete the process of switching cooling systems without interrupting the service. Empower's new pipeline technologies, Bin Shafar said, contribute to reducing carbon emissions and reducing water and energy consumption by providing efficient and environmentally friendly District Cooling services that allow the company to maintain cooling, without being affected by external factors and high temperatures, especially in summer.

n Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), each market is different, and in order to enable a certain level of flexibility, we follow an approach that is brand-agnostic, said Francisco Ramalheira, Director, Business Development and Marketing, Enova. In an EPC market, he said, the ESCO guarantees the level of savings, which translates into the economic Francisco Ramalheira aspect of things. Elaborating, he said: “We work with leading manufacturers, engineers and offer custombuilt, in-house solutions and also consider requirements based on the local market.” Pointing to the importance of having quality equipment in projects, Ramalheira said: “The first thing is that Enova offers a different range of solutions, which are customised to the client’s requirement.” Often, what tends to happen as a result of functioning in an evolving market, he said, is that there will be service companies with less experience. As a result, he added, a sort of natural selection of equipment takes place. “We recommend to look at all the elements for the selection of the most suitable provider, instead of taking a price-driven decision,” he said. With regard to Enova’s experience with the EPC market in the MENA region, he said, we have never had any dispute over performance obligations and are committed to delivering our guarantees as per the contract agreement.


BASF moves regional headquarters to JAFZA One New office will foster collaboration and creativity and will also help us serve our customers better, says VP, BASF By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

Dr Udo Huenger

ASF has moved its regional headquarters to a new office in Jafza One, said Dr Udo Huenger, Vice President, Middle East, BASF, while giving an update on the company. “The new space,” he said, “is designed to foster collaboration and creativity, and I am sure that it will allow us to serve our customers in the region better.” In addition, Huenger said that BASF recently broke new ground by producing materials using recycled plastic feedstock. Mechanical recycling, he said, is limited because of an increase of residues in the material in each cycle. “A team at BASF has developed the ChemCycling project,” he said. With chemical recycling, Heunger added, fossil resources for chemical production can be replaced with recycled material from plastic waste. “At our largest manufacturing site at our headquarters in Germany,” he said, “we are already developing pilot products with 10 customers from various industries.” This, he added, includes refrigerator elements and insulation boards.


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Growing demand for industrial cooling in the Middle East, say stakeholders While cooling is important in terms of ensuring reliability and getting maximum performance out of equipment in data centres, power plants and gas turbines, so is air quality and, hence, the need for proper ventilation solutions throughout operations, stakeholders say By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

avoid risk of failures. However, he exhibition, also here is a growing said, this is more the exception highlighted the demand for technical than the norm, gleaning from importance cooling cooling in the region, visits of many compressor rooms plays with regard to said Samuele Peli, and generators of other facilities reliability, lifecycle General Manager Sales, Europe during peak summer months, and performance Middle East Africa, Seeley where he observed inadequate of equipment, International Europe, during cooling mechanisms, which stressing that the company’s participation Samuele Peli Rehan Ahmad he stressed, will decrease the climate control is in Middle East Electricity, held life of any rotating equipment. He added necessary to get maximum efficiency out of from March 3 to 5, in Dubai. Peli said the that it is also important to strike a proper equipment. Ahmad added that importance company has seen much interest for cooling balance in this regard. “It is okay to go must also be placed on the quality of air and of power plants, switchgears, gas turbines for HVAC solutions to get more efficiency proper ventilation throughout operations, and, especially, of data centres, which he out of your equipment,” he said, “but how emphasising proper filtration in this regard. said, the company is well-positioned to much kilowatt are you putting back to the Ahmad said that when it comes to address. HVAC? The savings should be plus. If you are reliability of power in critical applications, Rehan Ahmad, Regional Sales Manager, putting more energy into the HVAC, it’s not a such as data centres and hospitals, there is a Power Systems, Middle East and Pakistan, balanced equation.” move to invest in quality cooling solutions to Camfil Middle East FZCO, visiting the


italy pavilion for expo 2020 aims to tackle global sustainability challenges, says ambassador Architect associated with the design of pavilion provides special preview during keynote address at AUD By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

he Italian tradition is a mix between beauty and function, said His Excellency Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, following a special preview of the Italian Pavilion for EXPO 2020, presented by Carlo Ratti, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati, and one of the architects that designed the Pavilion during Italian Design Day on March 19, at the American University in Dubai. Stellino stressed that legacy is an important element driving Italy’s participation in EXPO 2020 and that the Pavilion aims to showcase key learnings related to food safety and security and future energy gained from previous Expos in a bid to address the global challenge facing sustainability in a more holistic manner. Providing a brief history on the country’s long-standing commitment towards sustainable practices, Stellino said: “The importance of energy started in 1973, when we had the first oil crisis. From the time we tackled problems of energy efficiency, we developed a lot of techniques, technologies and expertise. Today, in Italy, despite the lack of oil and natural resources, we save 20% [of electricity], thanks to better efficiency of buildings.”



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▶ L-R: Mila Cataldo, Italian Trade Commission; Liborio Stellino; Carlo Ratti; Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai; Marwa El Ettr, office of the Consul General of Italy in Dubai and Marilena Procaccio, Deputy Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan

Stellino said that despite being associated with classic and traditional buildings, Italy has made great strides in integration of technology for modern infrastructure, owing to the expertise of the engineering and architectural community, stressing that innovation is in their DNA. “The close link between entrepreneurship and art has oriented our design in a more functional way,” Stellino said. Ratti discussed the vital role sustainable cooling plays in modern infrastructure, adding that while the Italian pavilion will be generally cooled using air conditioning, there is a move to incorporate passive cooling design elements to make the most of the time of the year, when the UAE has cooler temperatures.

stakeholders must battle cost-centric thinking in cold chain, says tssc Company official outlines challenges facing the sector; highlights importance of regulation, training to ensure best practices By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

he UAE, largely considered a hub for the GCC region, is well-positioned to take a leadership role with regard Miro Donabedian to food safety practices, provided stakeholders address cost-centric thinking plaguing the cold chain sector, said Miro Donabedian, General Manager, Technical Supplies and Services Company (TSSC). “When you want to make things better, hygienic and more energy efficient, there is cost associated to it,” he said. “A lot of times, unfortunately, people are abstaining from putting those options in a bid. They want to bid, and the energy efficiency part is overlooked, because people want to have the lowest cost.” Donabedian added that efforts to enhance energy efficiency only come afterward during retrofits, by changing motors and refrigerants, and only when certain customers specify. Donabedian said that commercial pressures also created greater demand for leasing of transport refrigeration vehicles, as stakeholders are less willing to invest and buy


their own trucks. He said that in such cases, quality of the trucks would be dependent on the end-user, who would specify features to the leasing companies, who are forced to comply. This, he said, can be a problem as not all customers have the same view of investing in proper specifications to ensure the quality of the cold chain. “Also, the way you care for the truck is not the same as when you own the truck,” he said, especially with regard to loading practices impacting the floor, adding that there is more repair and damage on leased trucks that are often abused and used for 24 hours a day. Another niggling problem, Donabedian said, is the lack of skilled personnel in the market to facilitate installation of the boxes, which may lead to inefficient performance and, potentially, leakages. There is a similar need for skilled personnel to ensure proper commissioning and maintenance, as well, he said. For Donabedian, regulation, training and technology play a vital role in addressing these prevailing issues in the market. Providing recommendations on the type of regulation needed, Donabedian said that the government should ensure that boxes and trucks are tested in qualified testing centres before being allowed on the road to

kingdom’s entertainment industry to drive hvacr projects, says vts clima Company MD says Vox Cinemas to open 600 theatres in the next five years; outlines pipeline of projects in the country By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

ensure some sort of minimum standards. This, he pointed out, can be an annual exercise to ensure the quality of the trucks. Such a mechanism, Donabedian said, will also safeguard the market from imported trucks coming from countries, such as those in Europe, which are not designed for ambient conditions of the UAE. “Even the cooling units are probably not for these temperatures,” he said. “I suspect the box construction and cooling unit are rated for the conditions there, and there is a risk in running them in the UAE and the GCC region. There should be a test to expose the trucks to ambient conditions and to make sure they are able to do what they are supposed to.” With regard to the lack of skilled personnel in the market, Donabedian said that he believes manufacturers and even distributors of cooling units should initiate proper training for relevant stakeholders and conduct refresher courses through workshops to update the knowledge of technicians involved in installing, commissioning and maintaining the units. Speaking on monitoring, Donabedian said that the growing trend of using telematics will pave the way for a leaner cold chain and that “smart trucks” are the way of the future.

audi Arabia’s entertainment industry is going to play an important role in upcoming HVACR projects, said Faizal Babu Pallathody, Managing Director, VTS Clima. Pallathody said there are especially strong growth opportunities in cinemas, given that Vox Cinemas will invest SAR 2 billion, approximately USD 533 million, to open 600 theatres in the next five years, starting with Riyadh Park Mall. Faizal Babu Pallathody Pallathody added that construction companies expect Dubai-based developer Majid al-Futtaim to tender the estimated USD 1.5-2 billion contract to build the Mall of Saudi development by the end of October. “The retail centre in Riyadh will be one of the largest in Saudi Arabia when completed,” he said. “It involves the construction of a mall on an 866,500-square-metre site that will include a 26,000-square-metre indoor snow park and 300,000 square metres of shops, restaurants and entertainment areas.” Pallathody said that the above developments are only a few from the wide range of projects in the country, adding that the sector has also seen a growing number of construction projects related to expansion and redevelopment of existing structures.


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facilio-led conference highlights challenges related to digitalisation in fm Technology is not being readily accepted by clients, as they don’t always see the value and are just looking at the cost factor, says one of the participants By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

he challenge faced by FM companies after having adopted digitalisation, in an attempt to establish measurable value and return on investments (ROI) was one of the key points of a panel discussion during Future Proof, a conference Dubaibased Facilio hosted on March 14 at the Palace Down Town in Dubai. ▶ L to R: Fahad Mohamed, Andrea Deutschbein, Stephen Hayes, Sangeetha B, and Prabhu Ramachandran FM professionals in the region attended the Pointing to personal codes, Wi-Fi and real-time data, added, enables FM companies conference. The panelists experience, Mohamed added which enables us to monitor 250 to offer a comprehensive in the discussion included Fahad that in the year 2013, the properties across the Middle range of solutions. However, Mohamed, Technical Head company started off by East region. one challenge faced is that FM, Deyaar Properties; Andrea connecting buildings to a While the overall sentiment technology is not being readily Deutschbein, Director FM, system, which was remarkable. on the adoption of technology accepted by clients, as they EMAAR Malls Group; Stephen Utilising it, he said, helped was positive, Mohamed don’t always see the value and Hayes, Head of Facilities and remove BMS operators. The highlighted that the main are just looking at the cost Engineering (MENA), Marriott site, he added, is remotely challenge was getting the buy-in factor, she added. “What needs International and Sangeetha B, monitored. As a result, he said, from stakeholders. “There is a lot to be understood,” she added, Deputy CEO, Al Fajer Facilities it also led to data collection. of technology available in the “is the ROI will come after six Management. As if echoing Mohamed, market; however, the challenge months to a year, post the While moderating Sangeetha said: “The adoption is in proving to the customer adoption of technology.” the discussion, Prabhu of technology has shifted that it will be an added value,” Sharing his experience, Ramachandran, Founder and focus to data collection, and I he said. Elaborating, Sangeetha Hayes said: “We started CEO, Facilio, said: “Today, cannot stress enough on the also pointed to a missing link adopting technology around 16 there is disparity, where few importance of collecting data.” in the adoption of technology to 17 years ago and over the companies are highly digitised, Elaborating on how it helps in FM and said: “FM is a years. We had all the activities while others are still on paper.” with any kind of analysis, she strategic player; however, what’s in a single tool and would do The ultimate digitalisation for said, “Data helps in improving missing is that the client has quarterly reports with real-time real-estate, he said, is when our services and will help study to understand that adopting reporting." Highlighting the you are able to monitor what’s the ROI.” Elaborating on how technology will be a valuepresent situation on how the happening in your building while Marriott International has been add.” Echoing the thought was companies use dashboards being placed anywhere in the outsourcing the technology Deutschbein. She said: “FM is a to give cue into each of the world. within the scope of FM to big player, from both the client’s properties throughout the world, Sharing her experience on different teams, Hayes said, side and the service provider’s he added, “Today, I can click how Al Fajer FM has embraced “Even our sub-contractors make side.” The cost, she said, is into the property and drill down digitalisation, Sangeetha, said, use of technology, and we train always going to be a factor; into the technician working “Technology has a large part to them on how to use the tool.” however, we cannot cut cost for on each property.” For the last play in every organisation, and the sake of it, and standards three years, he said, we have got it also a part of our strategy.” cannot be compromised on.” into measuring and using QR Embracing technology, she



April 2019

french energy companies eye middle east market The country’s SMEs aim to share key learnings, best practices in the field of renewable energy By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

iting the fact that many countries in the Middle East region are placing greater importance on improving energy efficiency and setting definitive targets related to renewable energy, Manoel Zenon, Trade Advisor, Infrastructures, Transport Industry, Business France, said that he believes French companies are well positioned to provide the technical knowledge and expertise required to achieve the regional public sector’s ambitious targets. Zenon said this is owing to the experience smalland medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in France have in navigating stringent environmental requirements in Europe, which he said, they are eager to share with the regional market. Vinoth Ramanujam, Regional Sales Director, AEG, represents one such company. Sharing the company’s history in the region’s renewable energy sector, Ramanujam said that AEG was active in solar projects around seven years ago but that the influx of competitors from the east did not allow them to be competitive and that the company is now concentrating on UPS systems, with a solar division focusing on grid and storage applications. On whether energy storage will see the same downturn in price as solar panels, Ramanujam said that the main challenge is to educate people in the market to move away from “20-yearold specifications” and put a premium on quality over cost. Julien Pariat, Commercial Exports, Obstra, echoed the importance of educating the market to move away


Empower receives Dubai Chamber CSR label for the fifth year running The recognition proves the utility provider’s commitment to positive change that supports society and promotes sustainable development, says its CEO By CCME Content Team

mirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has received the Dubai Chamber CSR label for the fifth year running, for its contribution in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and environmental Ahmad Bin Shafar practices that have positive impact on society and on the environment, the utility provider said through a Press communiqué. “We are happy to receive the Dubai Chamber CSR Label, as it proves our commitment towards positive change, supports society and promotes sustainable development,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower. “I appreciate Dubai Chamber’s tremendous efforts in promoting CSR approach, especially towards the environment.” Bin Shafar highlighted that the Dubai Chamber CSR Label is the highest level of recognition for CSR efforts of businesses in the region, and it contributes to building a responsible and sustainable business community and also to promoting responsible individual and institutional practices that protect the environment. Dubai Chamber CSR Label aims to provide a management tool for adopting CSR in business practices in Dubai and the UAE. Similarly, Empower seeks to achieve this vision, as part of its CSR strategy, the communiqué quoted Empower as saying. “Empower's efforts and initiatives focus on promoting environmental practices in all its work, both operational and services,” Bin Shafar said. “This supports achieving the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy and strengthen its position to become the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world, as well as the UAE Vision 2021 that aims to make the UAE among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union.”


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from conventional design specifications, saying that this is the main hurdle the company faces as a supplier of surgeprotection modules for sensitive equipment. He said that the company aims to work with end-users and consultants during the specification and design stage to highlight its value as an additional layer of protection for sensitive equipment in critical

Julien Pariat

applications, such as hospitals and data centres. The added cost, he stressed, pales in comparison to the cost of repairing damage and downtime from loss of services. “Not having it means there is risk of damage and premature ageing of sensitive equipment,” he said, adding that this extends to HVAC equipment, which is particularly vital for operations of infrastructure in the region.

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Sustainable cooling vital for smart cities, says MIT professor Carlo Ratti Associati highlights value of leveraging IoT technologies to optimise climate control; shares case study on customised environmental bubble By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

lthough cities occupy only two per cent of the world’s surface, they host up to 50% of the world’s population and are responsible for 75% of global energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions, said Carlo Ratti, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati, during his keynote address for the ‘Design and the City of the Future’ event on March 19, at the American University in Dubai (AUD). During a comprehensive discussion on how IoT is shaping the built-environment, Ratti underscored the important role that sustainable cooling must play in cities of the future. “Fixing energy usage and occupancy is vital,” he said, “when you think about how much energy you spend cooling your homes.” Ratti said trends in modern architecture are steadily placing greater emphasis on the importance of designing better ways to control temperature with minimum use of energy. This, he said, is especially the case in office spaces, which continue to evolve based on digital connectivity and individual


Carlo Ratti

requirements. Providing an example, Ratti pointed to the redesign of the Agnelli Foundation headquarters, in Turin, Italy, where Carlo Ratti Associati developed a customised environmental bubble that provides personalised heating, cooling and lighting systems to occupants throughout the building. By leveraging IoT technologies, Ratti said the building was able to optimise space and energy usage. While the company was deeply involved in the overall architecture of the historic structure, Ratti said the implementation of key technologies related to heating and cooling was done by Siemens Italy, which equipped the building with sensors for different data sets, including the location of the building’s occupants, temperature, CO2 concentration and the availability of meeting rooms. Ratti said that he believes such an approach is scalable for other projects. “I really see it happening in high-end buildings,” he said. “Monitoring occupancy in a very fine way to create a climate around ourselves.” This, he said, is a best way to harness energy otherwise wasted from cooling in an inefficient manner.

gErab focusEs on tEchnology and innovation The Air Conditioning Energy Saver (ACES) units work on demand and help save up to 35% on energy, says company’s Executive Director By Ranjana Konatt

Janis Strelits, Business Elaborating, he added mart devices play Development Manager, that the technology was a crucial role in Gerab Energy Systems, specifically designed for energy efficiency. pointed to growth in the window ACs, split systems Echoing this number of projects in the and packaged units. thought was Adnan Sharafi, region and said, “Every Highlighting yet Executive Director, Gerab year, we see the number another technology, Energy Systems. While Adnan Sharafi Janis Strelits of projects increasing, and Sharafi pointed to highlighting Gerab’s all-new this has been the first sign EcoShield, the company’s Air Conditioning Energy that technology is being accepted.” With Wet Wall Evaporative Cooling Technology Saver (ACES) unit, he said, “The ACES regard to retrofit projects, Sharafi pointed system. “If you look at history, adiabatic smart device turns the compressor on to two years as the common payback cooling is very old technology, and today with and off, once it reaches saturation. When period. Highlighting the challenges adiabatic cooling, you are aware of how much compared to normal air conditioning around retrofitting, he said, “Products water is needed and in which ways it can be units that remain turned on as long as are specifically designed for retrofit put to best possible use,” he said. The first Wet the thermostat asks for cooling, which projects and, recently, we seen chiller Wall system, he elaborated, was installed three results in the wastage of energy, ACES manufacturers have begun to use smart to four years ago and, today, installation and works on demand and saves up to 35% technology.” maintenance are easy. on energy, depending on the situation.”



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ashrae global training center to host district cooling workshop Empower-sponsored event will see the launch of two guide books on District Cooling By CCME Content Team

he ASHRAE Global Training Center will be conducting a day-long workshop, titled ‘District Cooling for Designers and Owners’ on April 17 in Dubai, the Center said through a Press communiqué. The event, sponsored by Dubai-headquartered District Cooling utility, Empower, will see the release of two ASHRAE publications: District Cooling Guide (2nd Edition) and Owner’s Guide for Buildings Served by District Cooling, the communiqué added. The books will constitute the basis for the workshop. To be presented by District Cooling experts, the workshop will cover topics relating to what designers and owners need to know about District Cooling to provide energy-efficient and reliable operation, the communiqué said. Each book contains a wealth of information on system enhancements, troubleshooting problems and the integration of components into District Cooling systems for designers and building owners, the communiqué added. The Owner’s Guide will help building owners learn to recognise different types of central plant systems and understand their uses and applications, the communiqué said. Further, it will highlight different types of pumping arrangements and help them understand their uses and applications and to develop a basic understanding of the issues regarding plant economic analysis, the communiqué added. It will also help them understand the benefits of central plant versus standalone systems, the communiqué further added. According to the communiqué, the cost of attending the workshop will be USD 75, with ASHRAE members paying a reduced fee of USD 50. All attendees will receive an advance reader copy of the two books, valued at USD 200. For more information, the communiqué has urged those interested in attending to visit, or contact Ayah Said at


amca takes the initiative to train professionals on the fEi metric The Fan Efficiency Index metric will require learning, as it has different complexities as an operating point metric, says Senior Director, Global Affairs, AMCA International By Ranjana Konatt

he Fan Efficiency Grade (FEG) metric was developed through AMCA and was published in the year 2010,” said Michael Ivanovich, Senior Director, Global Affairs, AMCA International, while highlighting the new Fan Efficiency Index (FEI) metric. The new-style FEI metric, he said, works with any amount of motor-driven load, be it with fans, pumps or air compressors and is also known as the wire-to-air metric. “The Fan Efficiency Index (FEI) metric takes a step further,” he said, “and is called the operating point


About the workshop instructors:

Gary Phetteplace

Brian Kirk

Gary Phetteplace, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE, has developed several models for optimal design of District Heating and District Cooling systems and conducted field studies that have instrumented and measured the performance of existing and new distribution systems. Brian Kirk, Member ASHRAE, is Director of Infrastructure Strategy and Planning of New York Presbyterian Hospital. His primary focus is on managing and improving its complex and extensive infrastructure asset inventory. Steve Tredinnick, P.E., Member ASHRAE, is an industry leader advocating for increased reliance of District Energy facilities as a vital component of energy security, efficiency and grid stability.

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metric.” For instance, he said, when a manufacturer produces a fan, its rating point is its operation, and that makes it a unique and exciting metric. “When an engineer is designing an air system,” he added, “the duty point is specific to the air flow, litres per Michael Ivanovich minute and pressure in Pascals.” The engineer’s software, Ivanovich said, will offer five different fan sizes, and FEI optimises the fan size, as per the pressure and airflow requirement. “One of the things AMCA realised is that the FEI metric is going to require a lot of learning in the industry,” he said. “But because it is an operating point metric, it has different complexities. Presently, we have developed a microsite to train people and help them understand the standard and the regulations in place for the year 2019,” he added, concluding, “If anyone is interested and wants to learn, we’ve made our standard 208, which defines how to calculate FEI.”

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emicool introduces new logo New design reflects efforts in energy-efficient District Cooling, company says By CCME Content Team

ubai-headquartered Emirates District Cooling Limited (Emicool), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, has unveiled its new logo in a move, which the company said through a Press communiqué will help it to achieve its strategic objectives as it continues Adib Moubadder its journey towards recognition as an industry leader and a world-class provider of energy-efficient District Cooling. The introduction of the logo, the company revealed through the communiqué, was made to mark a new era for the company as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments. The revamp is influenced by the previous logo but has been altered to better represent the brand’s core values with the introduction of a symbol – the letter ‘E’, directed upwards at a 45-degree angle, inspired by a waving flag and representing fresh clean air, the company further said through the communiqué. Adib Moubadder, CEO Emicool, said: “At Emicool, it is our strategic objective to be recognised over the next five years as an industry leader, serving 40,000 satisfied customers and energising


over half a million tonnes of refrigeration. We aim to do this through a sound business plan and operational excellence, as we deliver our customer-focused District Cooling services at a worldclass level of reliability, efficiency and safety while supporting resources through sustainability and an environmentally friendly approach to our business, in line with the UAE National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021. “This new brand identity highlights the integrity, accountability and innovation that powers our work at Emicool, and reflects our efforts in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and safety, while reinforcing our position as a strong, recognisable and leading brand in District Cooling.” To reach its strategic objective of recognition over the next five years, the communiqué said, Emicool is planning for expansion through a service model, which serves the residential, commercial and industrial sectors within the UAE while also expanding its offering to the same sectors outside of the UAE. According to the communiqué, with Emicool’s integral role in major projects currently transforming Dubai, such as Expo Village and Mirdif Hills, the new logo will strengthen brand recognition and raise awareness of the company’s ambition to become the preferred provider of environmentally friendly, reliable and efficient District Cooling services.

chEmours upbEat about dr-12 Low-pressure refrigerant is non-flammable under normal operating conditions and has a low-GWP, says company's representative By Surendar Balakrishnan | Editor

relatively recent report spoke of Chemours developing a lowpressure refrigerant – the DR-12 – which is non-flammable under normal operating conditions and with a low GWP. The report further described the refrigerant as offering stability and compatibility with polyester oil and with such metals as aluminium, copper and steel during tests carried out at 175 degrees C. It raised interest, given the prospect of a high-speed compressor working with a low-pressure refrigerant. The news of the

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refrigerant raised the questions, ‘Could it be used in VRF systems, with its avowed non-flammable and non-toxic nature unburdening contractors and building owners from the need for installing leak detection and specific ventilation technology?’ Allison Skidd, Marketing Manager, Fluorochemicals, Chemours, clarified that the refrigerant is in the early stages of development and that several OEMs are evaluating it. “It has a GWP of less than 10,” she said. “And we expect it to be classified as ASHRAE Class A1. We have been encouraged by the feedback.”

When asked when it would be introduced in the market, Skidd said, “I can’t share timelines on when it would be released, and I don’t know the success report on equipment performance.” Skidd said the refrigerant would be a significant game-changer for particular types of equipment. Of course, she added, there could be technical aspects that may be limited to certain fluid systems.

coolth can contribute to lowering power consumption, says eco-structures The effectiveness of a building’s thermal mass is enhanced, when the concrete floor slab is utilised for energy storage, says Director, Eco-Structures International By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

ir conditioners operating in the GCC region account for 70% of available power capacity, making them the single largest consumer of energy, driving investment in hydrocarbon extraction, processing and import, said Dr Ghassan Al Nimry, Director, Eco-Structures International, while highlighting the benefits of TermoDeck, Eco-structure’s energy-saving solution, which involves saving energy by storing it (coolth) in concrete slabs during off-peak periods. Elaborating, he said, “Over the next five years, a further 70GW of power, costing USD 140 billion, is required to exclusively meet the demand for AC, with LNG feedstock costing USD 25-30 billion/year.” Reducing the installed AC capacity on new builds by 50%, he said, creates an effective demand-side and supplyside management strategy, which


extends along the entire energy value chain. On a national scale, he added, it also contributes to savings in capital and recurring operating costs, which exceed tens of billions of dollars. Explaining how TermoDeck works, Al Nimry said, the slabs that have the potential to store the energy can absorb surplus energy during peak times and radiate coolth, thus reducing the installed AC capacity and the total amount of energy needed to cool a building. Every single unit of cooling energy is now able to cool a larger space from the average 16-25 m2/TR for conventional AC to TermoDeck’s 35-70+ m2/ TR, he said. Elaborating further, he said, TermoDeck provides a large component of cooling during off-peak time, when ambient conditions are more favourable for cooling and when internal loads are lower compared to

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the daytime peak and chiller efficiency is higher – to be specific, higher annual chiller COP – so the amount of energy required or consumed and cooling efficiency is improved. In addition, elaborating on the benefits of integrating the TermoDeck system into the concrete structure, while using building structural mass to regulate internal temperature, Nimry said, “The effectiveness of the building’s thermal mass is enhanced by passing supply air through the slab even before it enters the room.” The slabs, he added, work as a heat exchanger between the supply air and the rooms. “As a result,” he said, “the effectiveness of the building’s thermal mass is enhanced as the whole concrete floor slab can be utilised for energy storage.” The reason is that the supply air is cooling it from the inside,

therefore the total surface of the cores exposed to the supply air is very big, he said. The concrete slab can effectively be cooled overnight and dissipates the surplus heat generated from people, lighting, computers and solar radiation that is stored during the daytime, he said. There is no risk of overcooling the room, as the cold supply air is cooling the slab and is, therefore, heated up before entering the room, he said, adding that during cold periods, the stored heat is used to keep the building warm overnight. And the concrete floors, he said, thus, act as an energy store. Elaborating, he said, “All this energy that has been stored in the slabs during the daytime can be removed during the night.” He added that this leads to a saving in installed cooling capacity by approximately 50%.

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April 2019



engie announces new version of the quantum air The new air-cooled unit is more efficient, quieter and lighter, company claims By CCME Content Team

NGIE Refrigeration is redesigning its entire air-cooled Quantum series, the company said through a Press communiqué. The new Quantum air models will be available worldwide from June 24, the company added through the communiqué. “The requirements for the refrigeration industry have changed in recent years,” said Jochen Hornung, CEO, ENGIE Refrigeration. “Our customers are placing increasing value on greater efficiency and performance in their chillers, for example. We are accommodating these changing conditions by redesigning our aircooled QUANTUM series.”


On the launch date, ENGIE Refrigeration will offer 28 basic models of the Quantum Air. Fourteen of these models use the refrigerant R-1234ze, and 14 models use the refrigerants R-134a and R-513A; all of them require lower quantities of refrigerant, the communiqué said. Like its predecessor model, the revised chiller is ideal for use in a variety of industries – from automotive manufacturers and suppliers to the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry, industrial production and data centres, the communiqué said. According to the communiqué, customers will benefit from additional important advantages in the future – ENGIE Refrigeration has combined the individual machine components in a new way, so that the Quantum Air surpasses even the exceedingly high efficiency of the current series. The chiller is also suitable for applications from 250 kilowatts to two megawatts, the communiqué quoted the company as saying, adding that with this refrigeration capacity, the Quantum Air outperforms not only its predecessor but also all air-cooled chillers from other manufacturers that are currently on the market.

Carel’s provides noninvasive approach to sensitive castel project Company shares the inherent challenges in undertaking HVAC-retrofit projects in historical architectural structures By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

ny work on HVAC systems in historical buildings and in museums is critical by definition, said Giandomenico Lombello Giandomenico Lombello, Group Managing Director, Carel. “The simple fact of having to work in contexts with considerable architectural and structural constraints makes these operations very complex, and requires the use of tools and products that are suitable for conserving our artistic heritage,” he said. Lombello shared that recently Carel has completed a project in Castel Sant’Angelo, a historical building in Rome, installing a measurement and supervision system. “The customer’s request was very challenging and required the work to be non-invasive and totally concealed from visitors, while ensuring high standards of efficiency and high reliability,” he said. Lombello explained that the rooms, due to their structure, had different thermal and humidity loads, and the works kept in the building required different set points for optimum conservation. “The solution,” he said, “made it possible to fulfil the customer’s requests regarding the aesthetics of a historical site and the safeguarding of works of art, while at the same time complying with the highest standards of efficiency, reliability and system performance.”



April 2019

highview power, tsk enter jv to develop cryogenic energy storage projects Joint venture enables expansion across Spain, the Middle East and South Africa, targeting accumulated joint sales of 1 billion EUR throughout the next three years, Highview says By CCME Content Team

2014 in Slough, Greater London, with a expect to progressively grow our footprint ighview Power, which provides capacity of 2.5 MWh, while in 2018, the and sales to reach target revenues of over 1 long-duration energy storage world’s largest liquid air energy storage billion euro by 2021.” solutions, and TSK, a global plant was inaugurated in Bury, Greater According to the communiqué, Highview’s engineering, procurement and Manchester, with a capacity of 15 MWh, cryogenic systems are the only long-duration construction (EPC) company headquartered the communiqué said. The Bury plant shows energy storage solution available today that in Spain, have entered into an agreement in real time how cryogenic energy storage are locatable and offer multiple gigawattto co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, longprovides all possible balancing services, hours of storage. That represents weeks’ duration energy storage systems using including Short Term Operating Reserve worth of storage, not just hours or days. Highview Power’s proprietary cryogenic (STOR), and supports the grid during winter Grid operators are turning to long-duration energy storage solution, Highview said peaks, the communiqué said. Highview is energy storage to help improve power through a Press communiqué. currently developing several generation economics, The new joint-venture large projects that will be balance the grid and company, named Highview hundreds of MWhs in scale increase reliability. TSK, will commit to the across the United States and At giga-scale, energy development of multiple Europe, the company claimed storage resources projects in Spain, the Middle through the communiqué. paired with renewables East and South Africa, the Besides being the most are equivalent in communiqué announced. suitable solution to balance performance to – and An initial number of projects renewables and enable reliable could replace – thermal have been identified for Joaquín García Rico Javier Cavada renewable baseload power, and nuclear baseload in several GWh of clean energy cryogenic energy storage addition to supporting storage to be developed plants support and accelerate the energy the electricity transmission and distribution from 2019 through 2022, the communiqué transition, when combined with traditional systems while providing additional security said. thermal power plants, the communiqué of supply. “We are thrilled to be working with a said. The plants can optimise operations TSK, the communiqué said, has global EPC company of TSK’s caliber,” utilising waste heat and cold into their constructed more than 20 GW of generation said Javier Cavada, CEO, Highview Power. process, which enables even more affordable projects across 35 countries and brings “They have an impressive track record and sustainable power production, the extensive experience in both traditional of deploying large-scale energy projects communiqué said. energy generation and renewable projects, around the world, and we are excited to As markets around the world focus such as solar, wind and biomass, including work with them to deploy our cryogenic on drastically reducing carbon dioxide more than 10 energy storage projects. technology. This partnership with TSK will emissions, there is an accelerated shutdown According to the communiqué, Highview help Highview Power accelerate momentum of traditional coal-fired power stations Power has developed the ideal long-duration for our cryogenic energy storage systems in and massive deployment of intermittent energy storage technology for large-scale global markets and is ideal for applications renewable energy plants (mostly solar PV applications with its cryogenic energy like renewable energy shifting, enabling and wind), the communiqué said. This storage technology and brings a skilled team wind and solar for baseload generation, and is causing grid reliability issues that are that has developed over $13 billion in energy hybridising cryogenic storage plants with dependent on weather conditions, which and infrastructure projects. Combined, the traditional thermal generation systems.” drives demand of long-duration energy Highview TSK team will have over 1,000 Joaquín García Rico, CEO, TSK, said: “After storage in all major geographic markets in skilled engineers and project managers looking at a number of storage technologies, order to ensure a stable and reliable grid. to execute long-duration energy storage we have come to the conclusion that When shutting down and dismantling old projects in its target markets, from their Highview’s cryogenic energy storage is the power stations, the existing infrastructure offices in Gijón, Madrid, Cologne, London ideal solution to deliver long-duration, largeand connections left behind become the and New York, the communiqué said. scale storage services to our customers. The perfect location to install cryogenic energy Highview Power, the communiqué technology is not only cost effective, it is storage plants, solving the challenge of said, has already built and connected two also scalable, clean, has a long lifespan and integrating massive amounts of renewables cryogenic energy storage plants to the UK can be deployed now. As a result of the joint while retiring traditional assets. grid. The first plant was commissioned in capabilities of Highview Power and TSK, we


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biomimicry profiling reduces co2 consumption Ziehl-Abegg announces how its new fan, ZAbluefin, draws inspiration for its design from the humpback whale for lowering energy consumption By CCME Content Team

Photographs courtesy Ziehl-Abegg


▶ CEO Peter Fenkl presents the newest fan iehl-Abegg said through a Press communiqué that it is further utilising biomimicry in a bid to bolster its efforts towards mitigating climate change. To further reduce CO2 consumption, the company said said. Savings in material content and improved through the communiqué, the humpback whale aerodynamics halve CO2 emissions associated served as the model for the latest composite with manufacturing, whilst maintaining the same material fan development, which also incorporates ventilation performance, the communiqué added. biomimicry features of owls and trees. This Modern injection-moulding tools, each costing improves the carbon footprint equally in two more than half a million euros, enable the company ways – through a significant reduction in the to implement the geometries, which have been material used as well lower energy consumption, optimised through the application of Biomimicry, the when operating in climate control equipment and communiqué further added. industrial ventilation systems. According to the communiqué, the trailing edges Ziehl-Abegg, the communiqué said, is of the fan blades are modelled on the owl wing. “As already at more than 70% peak efficiency the quietest bird of prey, the owl has already been ▶ The design of the pectoral fins of with its centrifugal fans, so every opportunity used as a role model for several designs," said Peter humpback whales, for the optimisation of performance must Fenkl, CEO. Serrated trailing edges of fans are now which has been be utilised. The new centrifugal impeller seen as a trademark of Ziehl-Abegg. In the new fan optimised over millions possesses features of three completely different however, the design of the serrations was a little of years, provides the approaches to Biomimicry: from aerodynamics smoother, the communiqué said. model for the new (ornithology), hydrodynamics (marine biology) Evolution has optimised the flow efficiency of the generation of fans and biomechanics (trees), the communiqué humpback whale overall in such a way that, despite


eurovent publishes preliminary position papers Documents relate to revision of EU Ecodesign Regulation on ventilation units By CCME Content Team

he Eurovent Association’s Product Groups, ‘Air Handling Units’ and ‘Residential Air Handling Units’ (covering non-residential and residential ventilation units, respectively) have released Position Papers concerning the ongoing review of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 (Ecodesign requirements for ventilation units), Eurovent announced through a Press communiqué. The papers include clarifications and amendments to the regulatory text, as well as in-depth suggestions for improvement

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communiqué said. While no major concerning air filters, changes are being expected, the leakages, humidity recovery, documents remain subject to a control systems, labelling final vote by the respective Product aspects, and many other Groups at the beginning of April, issues of high relevance. the communiqué added. The Position Papers Whenever necessary, the derive from a year and a Morten Schmelzer Product Groups ‘Energy Recovery half of joint efforts of the Components’ and ‘Air Filters’ as Eurovent Product Groups, well as statistical experts of Eurovent Market ‘Air Handling Units’ and ‘Residential Air Intelligence were consulted to guarantee the Handling Units’, which represent more than highest possible validity, the communiqué 160 manufacturers of such products across said. The Position Papers are furthermore Europe, including Russia and Turkey, the

its body size, it is considered a very good and agile swimmer. If this had not been the case, it would also have been unable to make its long journeys through the world's oceans without having to feed. The latest generation of centrifugal fans at Ziehl-Abegg is now benefitting from this knowledge of biomimicry, the communiqué said. The developers at Ziehl-Abegg, the communiqué said, also drew inspiration from Professor Claus Mattheck. The 'tree whisperer' or 'tree pope', as the media call him, creates a bridge between nature and technology. The professor is, after all, a pioneer of the science of biomechanics. Trees are a prime example of optimum strength with minimum use of materials. The five blades of the centrifugal ZAbluefin fan, the communiqué said, merge into both the cover and back plate in exactly the same way as trees grow upwards – at a slight radius to the ground. This is scarcely visible to the naked eye, because the curves, which mimic a tree, are minimal. Nevertheless, these bionic approaches in the blade transition provide the same strength as heavy wings – enabling the use of materials to be significantly reduced. Less material consumption in production also means a lower carbon footprint, the communiqué said. According to the communiqué, the air flow in centrifugal fans hits the fan blades at different angles, depending on the volume flow. The whale has to ▶ Ziehl-Abegg applies overcome similar challenges findings from bionic when swimming in the sea – the research into humpback movement of the fins causes their whales, owls and trees, angular position to constantly in the new centrifugal change. If its pectoral fins were fan, Zabluefin to be positioned at too steep

aligned with Eurovent’s partner association, EVIA, the communiqué added. Morten Schmelzer, Executive Director of the Eurovent Association, said through the the communiqué: “Our industry strongly believes in the European Union’s Ecodesign concept and strict requirements as a means to support innovation and competitiveness of our industry. Yet, we also acknowledge the need to further develop regulations based on market experiences made. In terms of the EU Ventilation Unit Regulation, it became particularly obvious that it insufficiently handles Southern European

▶ Tree expert, Prof Dr Claus Mattheck explains how trees

grow and how Ziehl-Abegg uses this for the new fan

an angle to the opposing current, strong turbulence would result in the water separating from the fins. “High flow losses and noise are characteristic features of strong turbulence,” said Dr Walter Angelis, Technical Director, Ziehl-Abegg. The design of the fins on a humpback whale has been optimised over millions of years. That’s why the leading edges of the whale fins contain golf ball-sized nodules (technical term: tubercle). This allows an animal weighing 25 to 30 tonnes to swim very quickly and nimbly using its long pectoral fins. “We recreated this aspect at the leading edge of the fan blades and implemented it in the form of a rippled surface,” Angelis said. The flow engineers also took a closer look at the whale’s tail fin, the 'fluke', the communiqué said. The V-shaped contour of the tail fin section, the communiqué said, delays any potential flow separation, which enables the fan to be used for numerous pressure ranges. The latest generation of centrifugal fans at Ziehl-Abegg, the communiqué said, is now benefitting from this knowledge of biomimicry.

climates – where a focus is put on humidity recovery, and not necessarily heat recovery. Furthermore, other aspects, such as indoor air quality and control systems, deserve to receive a stronger attention.” In February 2019, the European Commission had initiated the Review Study concerning its Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations on Ventilation Units. The review is being carried out by VHK and managed by Vito, the communiqué said, adding it will include the review of existing Regulations EU 1253/2014 (Ecodesign requirements for ventilation units) and EU 1254/2014 (energy labelling of residential ventilation units).

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April 2019



amca lauds california’s energy-efficiency initiatives California has strong energy-efficiency goals and recognises that not only is construction important but so is providing energy programmes for retrofits, says Senior Director, Global Affairs, AMCA International By Ranjana Konatt | Features Writer

are complex.” Changing codes and standards, he he world has taken great strides in setting tough added, results in thick manuals, which have their energy-efficiency goals, and the awareness own user guides and training courses. The IECC, he of climate change has been a strong driver said, changes on a three-year basis, and even after in Europe, Asia and in the United States, said it changes it takes years for the codes to be adopted Michael Ivanovich, Senior Director, Global Affairs, AMCA and applied in the market. “Some states,” he International, while assessing the situation on energy added, “are presently using the 2009 and the 2012 efficiency from a global perspective. “California, in versions.” Presently, there are a number of versions particular,” he said, “has taken energy efficiency seriously, Michael Ivanovich in existence, and not only are the codes complex but yet we have a long way to go.” As a state, he added, their use necessitates training. In addition, Ivanovich said, code California has set very strong energy-efficiency goals, and the state officials are under stress, because the budgets for the cities and recognises that not only is construction important but so is providing municipalities that employ them don’t have the funds and, as energy programmes for retrofits. “California has done a good job a result, they have fewer officials. at creating a market for voluntary programmes that are financially Ivanovich said that California understands the value of incentivising,” he said. persistence when working on retrofits. He added, “The concept, Elaborating on the International Energy Conservation Code called deep-retrofit, is common, where you change the physical (IECC), Ivanovich said, “The IECC, ASHRAE 90.1 are all energy equipment from a less to a more efficient one.” standards; however, there is a difficulty in adhering to codes as they


maine joins united states climate alliance Becomes the 21st US state to join efforts in the country to mitigate climate change By CCME Content Team



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aine on February 28 became the 21st state in the United States, along with Puerto Rico, to join the US Climate Alliance, AHRI said through a Press communiqué. With Maine as its newest member, the Climate Alliance now represents 50% of the US population and nearly an $11 trillion economy. The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs and cover 35% of the US greenhouse gas emissions, the communiqué quoted AHRI as saying. The Climate Alliance aims to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, the communiqué


said. One of the Climate Alliance's key initiatives is to reduce the use of super pollutants in the member states, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). In addition, the Climate Alliance aims to mobilise financing for climate projects, work on grid modernisation, update applianceefficiency standards and to implement other proposals to fight climate change.

The March 2019 issue featured an interview with Honeywell, in which Julien Soulet’s title appeared as ‘Managing Director, EMAI’, and Amir Naqvi’s title appeared as ‘Regional Marketing Leader, Honeywell Fluorine Products, Middle East, Turkey and Africa’. The correct title for Soulet is ‘Vice President and General Manager, Fluorine Products, EMEA and Advanced Materials, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META)’ and for Naqvi is ‘Regional Business Leader, Honeywell Fluorine Products, META’. The error is regretted. –Editor

ashrae announces the launch of certified hvac designer certification The certification validates competency of the HVAC Designer to design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements, the body says By CCME Content Team

he applications for the new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open, ASHRAE has announced through a Press communiqué. The worldwide computerbased testing will open on June 3, the communiqué added. “For a long time, the certification committee had suspected an HVAC Designer certification would serve the needs of members, but the ‘Industry Needs’ survey data emphasised just how much need and demand there are,” said Mark Fly, Chair, Exam Subcommittee. “Launching a new certification program is a commitment, but we’re confident this is an investment from which ASHRAE members and their employees will benefit.” The CHD exam blueprint and eligibility requirements, which have been approved by the ASHRAE Certification Committee, can be found in the CHD Candidate Guidebook, the communiqué said.


The Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification validates competency of the HVAC Designer, working under the responsible charge of an engineer, to design HVAC systems to meet building/ project requirements, including: ™ AdVYXVaXjaVi^dch ™ :fj^ebZcihZaZXi^dcVcYh^o^c\ ™ BZX]Vc^XVaZfj^ebZcigddbYZh^\c ™ 9jXiVcYe^e^c\YZh^\c ™ AVndji[dgi]ZYZkZadebZcid[=K68eaVch[dgeZgb^iVcY construction The exam follows a 2018 industry-wide job analysis study with data that was gathered from more than 1,200 respondents from over 60 countries. The CHD application is currently open with a practice exam, which the communiqué said, would be launched on May 1.

GCCA INVITES STAKEHOLDERS TO PARTICIPATE IN MILLION COOL ROOFS CHALLENGE USD 1 million prize for team successful in spurring installation of a million square metres of cool roofs by the end of 2020 By Hannah Jo Uy | Assistant Editor

he Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) is inviting stakeholders to participate in the Million Cool Roofs Challenge, which will award USD 1 million to the team most successful in spurring the installation of a million square metres of cool roofs by the end of 2020, said Kurt Shickman, Executive Director, GCCA. Shickman added, “The Million Cool Roofs Challenge is aimed at providing a billionplus people globally that economically and physically won’t have access to mechanical or electrical cooling, with cooling through passive means.” A project of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), in collaboration with the Global Cool Cities Alliance, Sustainable Energy for All and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, the Challenge aims to “promote


will be awarded USD 1 million sustainable cooling through the by 2021. According to the GCCA rapid scaling of cool roofs in website, materials should also countries, where large numbers meet minimum performance of people are facing heat stress standards and be applied to risks”. roofs of buildings regularly Elaborating on the occupied by people. mechanics, Shickman said that Kurt Shickman Shickman said that the up to 10 teams will be given grants aim to boost market grants worth USD100,000 to awareness and performance of cool roofs, deploy solar-reflective coating and materials globally. Since the announcement, Shickman in developments within an eligible country said, there has been strong expression of between August 2019 and December 2020. interest from both public- and private-sector Eligible countries, he said, are organisations. Shickman stressed that those that are signatories of applications for the grants are still open and the Kigali amendment. The that teams from eligible countries can submit winning team that will be able to completed entry forms until May 20. successfully spur the installation For more information on the eligibility, of a million square metres of judging criteria and how to apply, visit: cool roofs by the end of 2020 and meet the judging criteria

April 2019



ACEEE: TRUMP 2020 BUDGET WOULD JEOPARDISE CLEAN ENERGY US President’s proposed budget would mean a drastic 86% cut in new funding for the US Department of Energy’s office By CCME Content Team

he Trump administration’s 2020 budget request, released on March 12, proposes a drastic 86% cut in new funding for the US Department of Energy’s office that handles popular and cost-saving energy-efficiency programmes, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) said through a Press communiqué. It would also seek to fund the popular ENERGY STAR programme entirely from user fees, the communiqué added. “This proposal, if enacted, would cause Americans’ energy costs to rise, while killing jobs around the country,” said Steve Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE. “Energy efficiency directly supports 2.3 million US jobs and, indirectly, many more. In addition to putting these jobs at risk, these cuts run counter to the administration’s own goals of promoting economic growth and reducing wasteful spending. We hope Congress will stand up for business owners, workers, and consumers by blocking the proposed 2020 budget cuts.” The administration proposes USD 343 million in new funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – an 86% cut from the prior year’s funding level, the communiqué said. The office runs many programmes that could be severely impacted; as usual, it would carry over additional funding from previous years, the communiqué added. While the US Department of Energy has not yet released detailed numbers, the US Environmental Protection Agency would eliminate the SmartWay programme, Combined Heat and Power Partnership, and other voluntary programmes, as well as seek to make ENERGY STAR self-funding and cut funding for its vehicle emissions programme. ACEEE’s Federal Energy Efficiency Programme Fact Sheet estimates the impacts of seven programmes:


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1. The US Department of Energy (DOE) appliance standards programme sets minimum efficiency levels for about 60 consumer and commercial products. It already saves the average family almost $500 each year in energy and water bills. 2. The US Environmental Protection Agency vehicle emissions programme sets emissions requirements and fuel economy labels for cars and trucks. If allowed to take effect, the 2017-2025 standards will help Americans save USD 370 billion through 2030. 3. The US DOE Building Energy Codes programme helps states and local governments develop and implement energy codes for homes and commercial buildings. It saves the average family with a new home USD 260 in energy bills each year. 4. The ENERGY STAR programme labels efficient products and runs efficiency programmes for homes, commercial buildings and industry. It saves as much electricity as 30 million homes use in a year. 5. US DOE Industrial Assessment Centers train college students to help small and medium-sized manufacturing plants save energy. They have assisted more than 18,000 plants. 6. The US DOE State Energy Programme helps state governments advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy security. Additional investments could save as much as $7 billion through 2040. 7. The US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (with added funding from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) makes energy efficiency improvements to the homes of low-income families. It saves families an average of USD 4,200 in lifetime utility bills.

inters Instruments, which manufactures pressure and temperature instrumentation, has received Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation, the company said through a Press communiqué. The awards programme recognises best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth, the communiqué added. “CIBC is pleased to congratulate Winters Instruments on being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, recognizing its excellence in leadership, business performance and innovation,” said Dino Medves, Senior Vice President and Head, CIBC Commercial Banking. “As a sponsor of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Company wins Canada honour, following program for over 20 years, CIBC is proud to celebrate private companies like Winters similar success in 2017 and 2018, it says as leaders in their industry.” The Best Managed programme is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums. By CCME Content Team




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