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he year 2018 is a breath of fresh air for the HVACR industry as innovations are being developed to improve cooling and heating systems to become an instrument in slowing down the effects of climate change. In pursuit of a sustainable future, companies continue to introduce new products that minimize energy consumption and the use of harmful substances.

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Energy efficiency is a major priority of HVACR leaders as global demands continue to rise and challenges upsurge. Letting go of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and integrating robotics in the industry are the major trends in the industry this year. Making the HVACR cleaner more than ever is a mission in which every company wants to succeed.

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This milestone won’t be achieved if not because of the HVACR leaders who have dedicated themselves in transforming their companies and amplifying corporate responsibility. As a celebration of the industry’s success for this year, we will do a recap of the leaders whose efforts become pivotal in realizing the vision of their companies.

In February, we featured Sarmad Fakhri, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulation LLC which has achieved its third successive year on the CDPs Climate ‘A’ list through its efforts to reach net-zero energy use at its facilities by 2020. The March issue, meanwhile, tackled the contribution of Willis Haviland Carrier, the “fa-

Truly, a big difference was made by these HVACR leaders and we believe that there are far more better innovations and ideas in store for the future. With this kind of devotion in providing only the best solutions for the global market, we will indeed expect a cooler place to live in.

Towards A Cooler Cleaner Clearer Future ther” of modern air-conditioning, his humble beginnings, his legacy and how Carrier shaped the HVAC industry.

In the fourth month, we saw how Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), through the leadership of Stephen Yurek, has improved the trade among HVACR and water heating equipment manufacturers in the world by developing industry-recognized performance standards. The following month, Raphael Khlat, president of Faisal Jassim Group, talked about how Faisal Jassim has risen to the epitome of its market to be one of the most preferred companies for clients and contractors in GCC countries.

The months of June and July revealed how Stephen Lisk, the new president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Talbot Gee, the CEO of Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) have respectively made a huge impact in designing and developing high-quality buildings and in reducing the negative effects on the environment that can be attributed in the industry.

The month of August heard the story of Paul Stalknetch, the president of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the organization’s contribution to energy efficiency and a cleaner and safer environment by creating standards and manuals. Meanwhile, it is

Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Khansaheb, Managing Director of Khansaleb Industries, who graced the cover of our September issue, sharing how one of its products, Spiralite became unrivalled as the best performing AC ductwork available in the global market.

Before the year ends, we were able to tackle how robotics can change the game in the HVACR industry and how architects will take over HVACR. In October, we saw that the industry has a very promising future in the hands or robotics as it can increase efficiency and productivity as well as boost product performance. The following month, we were able to discuss how green architecture can reduce the need of air-conditions through innovative designs that house natural cooling systems.

Truly, a big difference was made by these HVACR leaders and we believe that there are far more better innovations and ideas in store for the future. With this kind of devotion in providing only the best solutions for the global market, we will indeed expect a cooler place to live in.

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Khansaheb Group: A Tradition of Excellence in the Engineering Industry

Mr. Sarmad Fakhri oversees the insulation division for the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America, Caspian and Caucasus regions. Previously, Fakhri served as executive director for Pal System International for 11 years. Prior to this, he served six years as division manager for Faisal Jassim Trading Co.

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LEADING GLOBAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AND INTEGRATED SUPPLIER CHINT is committed to providing the world with safe, reliable and stable electrical equipment and clean energy solutions. After more than 30 years of growth,CHINT has developed from Asia’s largest LV apparatus supplier to leading global electrical equipment and integrated supplier,with strength transformation,distribution to terminal consumpion. To date,with the annual sales revenue exceeding more than 6.7 billion euros and over 30,000 employees around the world,CHINT has provided reliable electrical equipment and solutions for more than 130 countries and regions worldwide as an active player of electric power construction in the global market.

ZHEJIANG CHINT ELECTRICS CO.,LTD. ADD: Office NO.LB182406,P.O.Box:263174,Jebel Ali,Dubai,United Arab Emirates TEL: 00971-48848286 FAX: 00971-48848287 E-mail: chintwaa@chint.com Website: www.chint.net

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Kingspan PalDuct Hydro pre-insulated ducting was installed in the Four Seasons Hotel, located on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

HVAC’s Future Regulation Changes and What To Expect With new regulations being implemented to improve the efficiency of buildings in the UAE, the Kingspan Group takes pride in keeping up with all the changes happening — from providing sustainable building solutions, pioneering new technologies and showcasing award-winning designs. Known for their commitment to become a responsible manufacturer, they are committed to developing products with the needs of the market, especially when these needs will reduce HVACR Leaders • February 2018

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the impact of the construction industry on the environment. In this exclusive interview with Sarmad Fakhri, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulation LLC, learn more about the latest trends in the HVAC industry, the iconic achievements of the company, their latest technologies and innovations, their future plans and what makes them stand out from the rest.


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Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was installed in the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E.

What are the latest trends in the HVAC industry? The latest trend in the HVAC industry is undoubtedly a movement towards products that comply with the new UAE Fire & Life Safety Code. It has placed a strong emphasis on fire testing and insurer approvals and we’ve seen this through the increased awareness of more stringent

fire testing and results. More focus has also been placed on the thermal performance of HVAC & Pipework insulation. The regulations used to focus much more around condensation concerns. However, with the imminent implementation of Al Sa’fat, BS 5422: 2009 — the method for specifying thermal insulating materials for pipes,

tanks, vessels, ductwork and equipment operating within the temperature range -40oC to +700oC — is becoming a mandatory consideration for HVAC insulation. Pipes and Ducts running through conditioned space must now be insulated in accordance with the British Standard 5422 to limit heat transfer. Those running through unconditioned space must comply with the thicknesses detailed in the

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tables within section 502.11. This should have a very positive impact on the efficiency of buildings in the UAE. Throughout 2017, contractors have focused on module construction and prefabricated components that can be introduced easily into the construction process. This has also led to a move towards open to view building services, with HVAC ductwork and pipework being visible. These two movements show the market moving towards a more aesthetically pleasing HVAC system. Consultants are keen to be able to use the building services to enhance the style and feel of a building.

What are the iconic achievements of your company? Kingspan Group was among only 106 companies in the world to achieve CDP’s Climate A List. Kingspan’s third successive year on the ‘A’ list was achieved through its aims to reach net-zero energy use at its facilities by 2020. In 2016, Kingspan passed the halfway mark, with renewable energy use accounting for 57% of its total energy use in 2016. Specifically within the Insulation division, our Kingspan KoolDuct System was the first pre-insulated phenolic HVAC ductwork product to be UL listed as Class 1 Air Duct to a standard for Safety UL 181. Currently, it is also the only product in the world that is verified by SMACNA as an acceptable alternative to traditional sheet metal ducting. We demonstrated leading the way in phenolic ductwork and subsequently won Manufacturer of the Year in 2016 for this product. This was a fantastic achievement for us. Kingspan PalDuct Phenolic pre-insulated ducting was installed in The St. Regis Amman in Amman, Jordan. Image courtesy Perkins Eastman.

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What are your latest technologies or innovations? How will clients benefit from them? As part of Kingspan’s initiative to be a responsible manufacturer, the Dubai manufacturing plant installed a pentane tank to ensure its products were manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). We are committed to developing products with the needs of the market, especially when these needs will reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment. The Montreal Protocol is a protocol that aims to reduce and phase-out the use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs), such as CFCs and HCFCs. Article 5 Countries that signed up to the Protocol committed themselves to the phasing out the use of Halons, CFCs and Carbon Tetrachloride by 2010. These being GCC countries. Additionally, Estidama rating systems in Abu Dhabi provide guidance. Under the Stewarding Materials section, one credit point is available providing all thermal insulation used has an ODP of zero and a low GWP. This issue is gaining momentum, with many of our projects and clients asking for zero ODP and low GWP, such as the Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi. We are committed to supporting local and international initiatives by supplying the market zero ODP and low GWP insulants and systems verified by global trade associations. Our products provide an easy route to compliance and help combat climate change and ozone depletion for specifiers, engineers and contractors.

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The Kingspan PalDuct PIR was installed into the 500 townhouses and villas in Dubai Sustainable City.

What is your future plan? With the new Fire and Life Safety Code being implemented in the UAE, we are focusing on growing our products that adhere to the new regulations and standards. In addition, the Al Sa’Fat, being implemented in early 2018, adds additional green regulations that buildings should adhere to. We are enthusiastic about the direction that these regulations are going and confident that our products comply with the new standards. Recently, our Dubai production plant doubled its production capacity of PalDuct Hydro, which is CFC- and HCFC-free. We are committed to developing products with the needs of the market, especially when these needs will reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment. 46

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What makes you different from the rest of your competitors? Kingspan’s products are some of the most widely tested and certified insulation products in the world. Our phenolic ranges Kooltherm, KoolDuct and PalDuct have both exceptional thermal and fire performance. We manufacture products that exceed the needs of local markets. So, these products already comply with stipulations in the new UAE Fire and Life Safety Code. They also provide an easy and thinner route to compliance with BS 5422 and Al Sa’Fat regulations.


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Sarmad Fakhri

Managing Director Kingspan Insulation LLC

Mr. Sarmad Fakhri oversees the insulation division for the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America, Caspian and Caucasus regions. Previously, Fakhri served as executive director for Pal System International for 11 years. Prior to this, he served six years as division manager for Faisal Jassim Trading Co.


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Willis Carrier: Leaving A Legacy On The Air Conditioning Industry For decades, air conditioning has helped people from homes to businesses, bringing them comfort and increased productivity during extreme weathers and making hot summer weathers more bearable for everyone indoors. When you ask a person, more so an engineer or a contractor, what company comes first into mind when speaking about air-conditioning, one of the first names that would pop up, if not the first, is Carrier. 16

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Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of Fortune 500-company United Technologies Corp. It has access to 84 manufacturing facilities worldwide and the support of nearly 124,000 employees operating in more than 170 countries on six continents. The company constantly builds its name in the industry as one which innovates and includes sustainability in its HVAC solutions.


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the basics of modern air conditioning in 1902, Carrier has become the widest known brand in air-conditioning, as well as a world leader in the manufacturing and marketing of heating and ventilating equipment.

How Willis Carrier Became The “Father” of Modern Air Conditioning Born in 1876, Willis Haviland Carrier was an only child on his parents’ farm in Angola, NY. He was known for being a quiet, and gifted child who had the knack for solving problems easily. In a memoir, he wrote, “My mother told me to bring up a pan of apples from the cellar. She had me cut them into halves, quarters and eighths and add and subtract the parts. Fractions took on a new meaning and I felt as if no problems would be too hard for me—I’d simply break them down to something simple and they would be easy to solve.” Being equipped with a strong intellect, and a good learning foundation since childhood, Carrier was awarded a four-year scholarship to Cornell University where he then graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was then hired at Buffalo Forge Company, a firm that designed and manufactured steam engines and pumps. He was first assigned to design a heating system to dry lumber and coffee. Soon, he was doing his own experiment for heater design improvements and his efforts became so successful that the company promoted him to director of experimental engineering.

Throughout its history, Carrier has driven industries and shaped the HVAC industry. Now, its products and solutions cover residential systems, commercial systems, transport refrigeration, and commercial refrigeration, with an aim to promote global productivity, health, and personal comfort.

It was in 1902 that brought about Carrier’s biggest breakthrough. A printing company in New York City approached Buffalo Forge Company with a difficult problem. Due to the heat and humidity in the plant, the dimensions of the printing paper got affected which resulted in the misalignment of the colored inks. Carrier was able to solve this problem by building the first ever air-conditioning system. This new system created a stable atmospheric environment in the whole plant that resulted in the accurate ink alignment for the needed four-color printing.

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After advanced research, experimentation, and field testing, Carrier was able to patent his Apparatus for Treating Air in 1906. The airtreatment device was driven by a low-pressure centrifugal system that drew air through a filter and passed the air over coils that are filled with coolant. Then the cooled and dehumidified air will be brought out into the room that needs cooling. The hot air that is generated by the motor will be brought outside. Carrier has also discovered that “constant dew-point depression provided practically constant relative humidity,” which is a discovery that is vital to his design of an automatic control system. Soon in 1911, Carrier presented his study at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This was considered by many scientists to be the most significant document ever presented on air conditioning: the in-depth explanation of his Rational Psychrometric Formulae which included the 18

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detailed physical relationships between, relative humidity, absolute humidity, and dew-point temperature. At the beginning of World War I, Buffalo Forge Company decided to strictly be a manufacturer. Thus, eliminating the need for research and development. So Carrier and six other engineers pooled their life savings to form the Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915. Success came fast as the company continued to design and manufacture new refrigeration units of steadily increasing capacity to cool larger spaces. Soon, they were followed by home air-conditioning units. Carrier continued to refine is theories and got more patents before his death in 1950 at the age of 73. Today, Carrier Corporation continues to be the world’s largest manufacturer of climate control equipment. In 1952, Alfred University awarded Carrier an honorary doctorate of letters in recognition of


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his contributions to science and industry. In addition to this, he was also admitted to the National inventors Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Science Museum Hall of Fame. Carrier’s invention has transformed the quality of life around the world through improving industrial productivity during unbearable summer months, protecting sensitive environments, and making extremely hot weathers bearable for everyone.

Carrier’s Expertise Regardless of climate, the applications of Carrier’s products in heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration are vast. Their impact goes beyond, with integrations in several key projects across the world. Like in residential systems, Carrier meets the demands of efficient and comfortable homes through the brilliant engineering of its heaters

and air-conditioning systems. The company offers furnaces, central air conditioners, heat pumps, ductless system, humidifiers, ventilators, ultraviolet lamps, air filters and monitors, which all uphold high energy efficiency and best indoor air quality. For high-rise buildings, Carrier sets the standards for performance, energy efficiency and sustainability through the HVAC products. It offers comprehensive HVAC solutions, through a whole building approach, that the establishments require for optimal performance. The movement of food, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and industrial chemicals requires refrigeration, and Carrier understands the technology for this more than any other company. It designs and manufactures transport refrigeration systems that allow for precise control of temperature and humidity in

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order to preserve different types of perishable cargo regardless of mode – by sea or by land. Moreover, Carrier offers cold chain monitoring and logistics security to ensure businesses that the products being transported will arrive in the quality and quantity that they are supposed to arrive. Not only does Carrier specialize in transport refrigeration, it caters to refrigeration in retail with products like refrigerated and freezer display cases, service counters, refrigerated multidecks and semi-verticals, wall-sited cases and islands, vertical freezers, plug-in cabinets, and refrigeration systems and controls. Stores, no matter the size, are ensured to keep their products fresh and safe. Other than being a famous name in refrigeration, Carrier has build its name as a committed company towards sustainability. It was founding company number one of the 20

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U.S. Green Building Council in 1993, and the only company in the world to be a founding member of the U.S., Argentina, China, India, Singapore and France Green Building Councils. For Carrier, it’s not just about business but helping the environment through its reduction of the greenhouse gas impact, its leadership in the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants, and its introduction of many energy-efficient HVAC solutions. What started out as a breakthrough in solving a difficult problem for a printing company, Willis Haviland Carrier’s invention changed lives, saved businesses and made several environments easier to live on. His legacy continues to inspire and motivate the company and its thousands of employees to continue to excel in the fields of air-conditioning and manufacturing and staying committed to its goal of achieving sustainability.


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17 July 1902 The First Modern Air-Conditioning System

1904 September 6 Patent No. 808897

B E S T Willis STO R I E designed S O F the 2 0 first 1 8 modern Carrier

air-conditioning system to solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York. It launched an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play.

16 June 1949 Air-Conditioned Skyscrapers Carrier announced that New York City’s four biggest and most modern postwar skyscrapers would soon be air conditioned from top to bottom by Carrier’s Conduit Weathermaster system.

Willis Carrier applied for a patent on his invention, an "Apparatus for Treating Air," which became patent No. 808897 and was issued on January 2, 1906.

9 June 1942 An Honorary Doctorate Willis Carrier receives an honorary doctorate from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

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2 July 1971 The Sears Tower Contract

Carrier helps foster a new idea in retailing — shopping malls. The concept of a group of stores facing inward toward a sheltered court would conserve energy and cut operating costs.

Carrier is awarded the principal air conditioning contract for Chicago's 110-floor Sears Tower, which became the tallest building in the world at the time.

2013 111th anniversary Carrier celebrates the 111th anniversary of modern air conditioning.

15 May 1928 The First "Unit Air Conditioner" Carrier sells the first "unit air conditioner," a smaller air conditioning unit designed for retail shops requiring up to 2,500 cfm of air, to Merchants Refrigerating Company for controlling the air in its Newark, N.J., egg storage room.

3 July 1979 United Technologies Entered The Picture The acquisition of Carrier by United Technologies would reshape the global market for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

September 2011 A CO2NSERVATION Meter Milestone Carrier announced that the CO2NSERVATION Meter reached 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gases saved. This is the equivalent of removing more than 19 million cars from the road for one year, or the electricity used by more than 12 million homes for one year. The CO2NSERVATION Meter is designed to calculate avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since the year 2000 as a result of the installation of high-efficiency Carrier air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems by customers around the world.

WILLIS CARRIER: Historical Milestones Information taken from carrier.com

2010 NaturaLINE Technology Carrier Transicold announced NaturaLINE technology, the container refrigeration industry's first natural refrigerant technology.


1911 1911 The Rational Psychrometric Formulae The Rational Psychrometric Formulae

1913 1913 The Carrier AirAir Humidifier The Carrier Humidifier

Willis Carrier's Rational Psychrometric Willis Carrier's Rational Psychrometric Formulae brought science to to what had been Formulae brought science what had been thethe often hit-or-miss design of of often hit-or-miss design air-conditioning systems, and in in thethe process air-conditioning systems, and process made Carrier anan international name. made Carrier international name.

HAirVAir AHumidifier CR LEADERS Willis Carrier developed thethe Carrier Humidifier Willis Carrier developed Carrier designed to to humidify thethe airair in in one room, such as as anan designed humidify one room, such office or or laboratory. It was thethe first self-contained office laboratory. It was first self-contained unit with thethe fanfan and motor, eliminator, and sprays unit with and motor, eliminator, and sprays allall combined into a single, packaged product. combined into a single, packaged product.

1313 May 1926 May 1926 AnAn AirAir Conditioner forfor Conditioner Homes Homes Carrier introduces thethe first Carrier introduces first home airair conditioner. home conditioner.

1916 1916 The First Air-Conditioned The First Air-Conditioned Dairy Dairy Carrier's first air-conditioned Carrier's first air-conditioned dairy was thethe Barber Creamery dairy was Barber Creamery Supply Company in in Chicago. Supply Company Chicago.

7 July 1993 7 July 1993 Carrier's Preservation Work Carrier's Preservation Work Three decades of of painstaking work highlighted thethe original colors Three decades painstaking work highlighted original colors of of Michelangelo's masterpiece in in thethe Sistine Chapel, but also leftleft Michelangelo's masterpiece Sistine Chapel, but also it exposed to to thethe elements. Carrier's preservation work included it exposed elements. Carrier's preservation work included thethe use of of highly accurate humidity-measuring units placed onon a a use highly accurate humidity-measuring units placed ledge about 3030 feet above thethe floor and invisible to to visitors. ledge about feet above floor and invisible visitors.

2008 2008 The 2008 Beijing Games The 2008 Beijing Games Carrier participated at at thethe Carrier participated 2008 Beijing Games byby 2008 Beijing Games securing nearly 7070 percent of of securing nearly percent allall heating, ventilating and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning contracts forfor air-conditioning contracts thethe event’s venues. event’s venues.

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2004 2004 The First CO2 System forfor The First CO2 System Commercial Refrigeration Commercial Refrigeration Carrier introduced itsits first CO2 Carrier introduced first CO2 system forfor commercial system commercial refrigeration and today supports refrigeration and today supports more than 300 stores in in northern more than 300 stores northern Europe using CO2OLtec™ systems. Europe using CO2OLtec™ systems.

2002 2002 The Bibliotheca Alexandria’s Collections The Bibliotheca Alexandria’s Collections Carrier installed a climate control system Carrier installed a climate control system to to safeguard thethe Bibliotheca Alexandria’s safeguard Bibliotheca Alexandria’s collections while providing comfort airair collections while providing comfort to to a staff of of 600 and visitors using more a staff 600 and visitors using more than 700,000 square feet of of facilities. than 700,000 square feet facilities.


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Yurek (center) with AHRI Chairman Chris Peel (L) and Bard Manufacturing Co. CEO Bill Steel (R) at the 2018 AHR Expo.

The Latest Trends in Making The HVACR Industry More Efficient, Safer, and Greener The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment within the global industry. AHRI’s 315 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning,

space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world, and account for more than 90 percent of HVACR and water heating residential and commercial equipment manufactured and sold in North America.


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equipment to become more useful and valuable to their customers.

The latest trends in the HVACR industry I’m proud that our industry works hard to stay ahead of the curve, using the resources of their trade association to bring leaders together to ensure that we always know what issues are on the horizon and how we might deal with them together, as an industry. Over the past several decades, we have strengthened our commitment to developing highly energy efficient, innovative equipment to better serve our customers and the environment. We know that HVACR and water heating equipment are the biggest consumers of energy in most households, but at the same time, they are vital to our health and well-being. Our member companies have consistently taken the initiative to develop more efficient technologies to reduce the impact of these products on the environment. In this exclusive interview with its President and CEO, Stephen R. Yurek, learn more about the organization, their dedication to not only serve their customers but also help the environment as well. Find out the latest trends in the HVACR industry and the challenges in making the industry environmentally friendly. Get to know the organization’s top accomplishments and how they develop their products and

The challenges, the obstacles and the solution in making HVACR environmentally friendly For the past ten years, our industry has recognized the adverse environmental effects of many of the refrigerants used in our products and equipment and we have worked with

our government and with governments and industry around the world to advocate for a global solution. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, signed in late 2016 and awaiting submittal to, and confirmation by, the U.S. Senate, is that solution. Even as we began to advocate for a global solution, we embarked on an ambitious research program to identify alternatives to high global warmingpotential refrigerants so that we would be ready if and when a global solution were reached. Our Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (AREP) is an industrywide cooperative research program designed to identify and evaluate promising alternative refrigerants for major product categories. These include air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, water heaters, ice makers, and refrigeration equipment. Since this program began, we have joined forces with ASHRAE, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the California Air Resources Board, to further evaluate the best low-GWP refrigerant candidates and develop a pathway for their use. The program, which is in its final phase, has identified the most promising alternatives, which are being evaluated through real-world testing before being recommended to safety code developers for approval in the United States.


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Yurek (L) with AHRI Treasurer Ron Duncan during an AHRI Board Meeting.

The latest technologies that disrupt the HVACR industry This is an interesting question, because in general technology is a friend to the industry. I cannot really think of a technology that disrupts our industry, but I can think of many that help make our products and equipment more useful and valuable to our customers. Technologies such as smart thermostats, individual heating and cooling zone controls, variable speed compressors and fans save consumers energy and enhance comfort, and thermal storage technologies save energy for businesses by using off-peak power to provide cooling technologies for buildings.

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and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components, and accounting for more than 90 percent of HVACR and water heating residential and commercial equipment manufactured and sold in North America. AHRI advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government, working to ensure that members’ interests are included in final drafts of legislation. We also have a certification program that is relied upon by regulators and the general public for accurate and unbiased evaluation of heating, water heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment. Lastly, AHRI develops industry-recognized performance standards for equipment used in many countries and regions around the world. These three pillars form AHRI’s core. Aside from these, AHRI is also viewed as a resource for industry shipment data, education and workforce information, and research. AHRI is an industry powerhouse, providing our members with one voice, both domestically and abroad.


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Yurek (R) with AHRI members at the Rees Scholarship Foundation 5k fundraiser.

About Stephen R. Yurek Stephen R. Yurek is President and CEO of AHRI. He was named President of the AirConditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), one of AHRI’s predecessor organizations, in early 2007. Prior to that, he served for a year as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, after having joined ARI in 2002 as General Counsel and, subsequently, as Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs. Steve currently serves on the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, on the Committee of 100 (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and on the Board of North American Technician Excellence (NATE). An attorney, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Juris Doctor. He is a member of the Bar in Minnesota, his home state, and in Virginia, where he currently resides. Twitter: @stephenyurek


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The top 10 accomplishments of your organization • This year, AHRI launched a brand new online Directory of Certified Product Performance, which features improved capabilities for both program participants and users, such as contractors and homeowners. • AHRI’s alternative refrigerant research program is in its final stage, having successfully identified alternatives to high global warming-potential refrigerants currently in use. • AHRI’s state advocacy program has seen several successes in states across the country, and we just hosted our second annual State Summit, during which our member companies meet in a state capital to lobby on critical legislative and regulatory issues. • AHRI began an industry awareness program in 2013, which has successfully established AHRI as a relevant and reliable source for industry information, including policy related to the environment, trade, and global issues, such as the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment. Our members and staff have been quoted as issue experts numerous times in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Politico, Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, the BBC, and more.

Yurek (R) with the Cato Institute’s Patrick Michaels on at a February 5, 2018, AHRIsponsored half-day symposium at The Hudson Institute on the future of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

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• AHRI’s globally recognized, industry respected performance certification program has continued to grow year over year, attracting participants from across the globe. Last year, we received applications from more than 250 manufacturers. • AHRI has worked with foreign governments to establish a process whereby certification program participants can comply with regulatory requirements with no additional testing in other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Canada, and India. • The AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace event, continues to grow, this year attracting more than 2,000 exhibitors and 75,000 visitors over more than half a million square feet of exhibit space. • The recent tax reform package, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, contained several AHRIsupported provisions, including: 100 percent bonus depreciation for business purchase of HVACR equipment; a permanent reduction in the corporate rate to 21 percent rate beginning next year; a reduced rate for pass-through entities; repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax; and increased Section 179 expensing for small businesses. • AHRI’s Rees Scholarship Program, which supports students that aspire to work as HVACR technicians, received a recordbreaking 200 applications last year, and awarded $58,000 in scholarships. • AHRI’s robust standards development program resulted in 27 new or updated standards and addenda last year, bringing our total to 110…and counting.

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Redefining the Future of HVAC Industry:

Raphael Khlat,

the Man Behind Faisal Jassim Group The HVAC industry should be growing and evolving. Innovations should be destroying the grasps of mediocrity in our markets, creating opportunities to conquer and grow as a business. But we are in such dire times where businesses barely take notice of change and progress and become satisfied provided they have the market share. Faisal Jassim Group, however, chooses to break the chains of such path to forge its own. Known for service that screams exemplary in all aspects, world-class products and a company culture that embodies their core values, Faisal Jassim has risen to the epitome of its market to be one of the most preferred companies for clients and contractors in GCC countries. And through its shining beacon, its president, Mr. Raphael Khlat, they are set to blaze a trail into the future by investing in innovation and creating their own brand. They wanted to steer away from being traders or stockist to being solution providers. They view the horizons ahead of them as an open market where power lies behind the freedom to move between markets. Also, they break their boundaries to enter new territories even beyond GCCs. Still, all of these will be nothing but a dream, if not for the story of a man who built the company from the bottom ground up.


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Engineering as Building Blocks As a child, Raphael had always viewed the world through the lenses of insatiable curiosity as he learned new things. And as he scaled the ladders of higher education, he found engineering as his life’s calling. “I always liked learning how things worked. When I was young, I loved to build mechanical toys and spent a lot of time in my father’s workshop. I was fascinated with gear mechanisms and their control. I like knowing how things work in detail. This is a good part of what I like in engineering,” Raphael stated as his reason for choosing engineering as his path towards success. The air conditioning business became Khlat’s 34

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initial training grounds, who had acquired his degree in electrical engineering then. He became allied with different companies where he honed his weapons in the technical and marketing battlegrounds. Through his experiences in the vast and numerous fields of the industry, he learned more about the ins and outs of the realms of HVAC. Long working hours and time pressure characterized the learning years of his days being tossed by the torrential waves of the industry. It was his dedication, hard work and persistence that sowed the seeds and made him bore fruit as a professional. The result was him being at the head of the armada of Faisal Jassim. Through the years, he was able to convert a three-staff cube of an office into the HVAC empire we now know today with over a thousand of employees.


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Concrete Mix of Success “We want to be an expert in everything we do. If you want to create a product, you want to do it very well,” Raphael stated regarding Faisal Jassim’s recipe for success. Grabbing opportunities is the true ace of this card game. According to Raphael, great brands with local added value score big in the market in GCC countries. “We started by figuring out how to do more locally with our pump products,” he recalled an opportunity when he tried to sell a pumping package that lost the interest of contractors

because of its high price and complexity. He continued, “I loved the product and I believed in it, so I invested, deployed people and localized resources to build economically pumping packages to our market needs and standards.” Raphael believes that when an opportunity arises, it should inspire us to work even harder to conquer the battlefields of the market. As his elixir in battle to keep him invigorated and confident, he imparts, “The drive of the team is to reach objectives whatever commitment it takes. It is a matter of resilience and hard work especially when invested on a brand that represents us and we are proud of.”

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Fail-proof Walls and Roofing “Failure can be described in many ways, but the bottom line is to learn from it, ” Raphael shared on how the company rises from some of its of failures to press on. “We learn from what happened with humility and make sure we build new systems and procedures that will ensure that it will not happen again.” The company does not, however, see the past failing iterations as mere skeletons to be hidden in the closet. They believe that such failures are needed to gain the necessary alloys to forge even stronger swords in the challenges to come. “I think we are here today because we have learned across time what is really important and essential. We learned early on to depend on ourselves to build our knowledge, take advise to build expertise and honor commitment to our customers and partners alike. We focused on building long lasting relationships,” he shared on the company’s stalwart demeanor when it comes to the difficulties they face.


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The Company as a Home Faisal Jassim is a company anchored in transparency and freedom among its team. They don’t believe in micromanagement. They want each of their employees to feel and act like a building block in the grand puzzle of success of the company. Fairness has long been etched onto the company’s core values applies it to uphold their commitments. “Faisal Jassim has an open culture. You can come in my office and share with me your thoughts, ideas, or frustrations. If the story is bad, I want to know how bad it is, and I am interested to know your failures as much as your successes. Feel free to tell me exactly what’s going on,” Raphael said. He also pointed out that for a company to seize the throne of its own market, its individual parts must be constantly fortified, their skills constantly honed, and their hunger constantly fed with a larger version of what can become. Vision and dedication keep most of its staff and partners driven for decades.

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Moving Into the Future with Faisal Jassim Faisal Jassim envisions a future where its brand can steer its own ship to form its own character while continuously challenging itself. Such brand can spearhead FJ to a better company, fit to lead the HVAC Industry. “We strive to be experts in what we offer and build our edge. What we are today should really be much better tomorrow. We should be always one step ahead in the product development and decide to lead rather than be totally wiped out by competition,” Raphael said. “We constantly aspire to build partnerships with our customers, whom we strive to earn their trust. We will continue building FJ as a platform who can retain, attract, and enable entrepreneurs who share with us the same values, to join us and build our company into the future,” he shared his future aspirations. From learning from their mistakes to seizing different opportunities that presents itself, expect the Faisal Jassim Group to blaze even more trails with their innovative products and services to cater to their clients in different GCC countries. Their passion and commitment in continuously evolving as a company proves how dedicated they are in becoming the best in the HVAC industry.


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CIBSE: To Improve Is To Change

by Stephen Lisk, CIBSE President 2018 - 2019 My name is Stephen Lisk. I am the new president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

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post for less than a month, so I’m glad of this opportunity to tell you about what I think makes CIBSE such an important institution in the global construction sector. I’ll also outline my ambitions for CIBSE in my presidential year (2018 -2019)..


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It is important to say at the outset that I’m a ‘lighter’. This makes me very unusual as a CIBSE president, since most of my predecessors have come from a mainly engineering background. My appointment is a reflection of the way that CIBSE is evolving as an organization to focus on collaboration. It requires the combined expertise of many specialists to design the

high quality buildings that we aspire to live and work in, and I think it is a huge strength of the organization that we include so many specialist groups within our membership. Lighting has been a discipline at the heart of CIBSE since the beginning. The organization has its UK origins over a century ago, when technical solutions to building comfort were beginning to emerge.

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The era saw the formation of the Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers in 1897 and the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1909. These two institutions were amalgamated in 1976 to form the Chartered Institution of Building Services, and in 1985, “Engineers” was added to the name. What this potted history illustrates is that lighting and occupant comfort have been integral to the Institution from the outset. Today approximately 15% of CIBSE’s membership is made up of members of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL). Alongside lighting, other sectors of the building services industry represented within the organisation include the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE), the Society of Digital Engineers (SDE), the Society of Façade Engineering and the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers.

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would be under in their day jobs. Pan-industry collaboration ensures that buildings meet the needs of the people who live and work in them, wherever they are in the world. CIBSE’s region in the UAE launched in 2016 and is led by a group of leading Building Services Engineers based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. More information about CIBSE activities and events in UAE at cibse.org/UAE. While CIBSE has its origins in the UK, it is now a truly global organisation with members in 100 countries. These members are represented by regional groups in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland and Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the UK. In fact, the man I succeeded as President of CIBSE Peter Y Wong was chair of the Hong Kong branch. In his term as president, Peter believed sharing information and knowledge is crucial for the future of the building services industry. In a fast-changing world where everyone seems to be trying to achieve more in less time, it is

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essential for CIBSE to evolve fast. In response to this challenge CIBSE is developing new ways of engaging with its membership. Our online presence has developed fast and I am particularly proud of CIBSE’s Knowledge Portal. We were one of the first industry bodies to publish all of our guidance documents online, making the wealth of knowledge and expertise represented by our publications easily accessible to our members across the world.

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collaboration achieved through the willingness for our expert members to get together to discuss, debate and argue in order to reach a consensus. It is in this interaction that the meaning of our institution emerges. One of the highlights from the last year for us was CIBSE’s first Build2Perform Live. This was a genuinely revolutionary approach to the traditional conference format. Instead of a handful of lecturers presenting to a passive audience we had 1,400 hundred people led in debate and discussion by 170 speakers. It was a vibrant, lively two days filled with people


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maximizing the opportunity to exchange ideas and debate concepts that will no doubt impact on their thinking in the years to come.

lighting transport hubs and revised the CIBSE Lighting Commissioning Code L to reflect latest developments in LED technology.

Of the publications produced last year, perhaps the most significant were the two groundbreaking documents focused on residential buildings: TM60 on Housing Design and TM59 on designing to avoid overheating in homes.

For more about CIBSE publications cibse.org/ knowledge

Both of these highlighted the wealth of expertise within CIBSE that can and should be used to inform the design of high quality housing. We also published a new guide to

With a strong commitment to encouraging the next generation of professionals, CIBSE focuses on developing its Young Engineers Network and supporting its annual Young Engineers Awards. This latter programme recognizes and rewards exceptional student and newly qualified engineers, while also

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rewarding employers who support new entrants to the industry. In the middle of these endeavors stands the Building Performance Awards. At its heart, CIBSE is about creating the best built environments so it is no surprise that the annual Awards, framed to reward the very best examples of high quality buildings are a highlight of the CIBSE year. Last year’s event saw more entries than ever before, with a particularly pleasing number participating in our category for International projects.

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13,000 people in its special interest groups, of which half are not members of the Institution. Publication of documents on a wide range of subjects is essential to underpin CIBSE’s stated mission which is “to support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work” Change and the need to be able to adapt to change, is one of the themes I’ll be building on in my role as President because I believe that in this fast-changing world CIBSE needs to be agile and responsive to changing circumstances if it is to best serve the needs of its members.


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It is an important mission because every one of our members has the power to change people’s lives and make the built environment better; whether that is through the projects they design, the products they make, the buildings they manage, operate, maintain and refurbish, the codes and guidance they write or the standards and regulations they contribute to help to improve.

About CIBSE CIBSE publishes Guidance and Codes which provide best practice advice and are internationally recognised as authoritative design guidance for building services. The CIBSE Knowledge Portal, which makes our Guidance available online to all CIBSE members, is the leading systematic engineering resource for the building services sector. For more information about CIBSE, go to www.CIBSE.org

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Enough about CIBSE, what about me? I have been in the lighting industry for over 30 years and I’m as passionate now about good lighting as I was when I first started. I’m originally from New Zealand, which was where I studied illumination engineering and first became aware of the impact good lighting can have on people. I believe that light is a basic and determining factor in the configuration of architectural space. The right use of light can create more comfortable, more genuine, more human, more sustainable and more beautiful places to enjoy life. Light that is not just functional, but light that invigorates, lifts the spirit, and touches peoples’ lives every day. I emigrated to the UK in 1999, which is where my company One Eighty Light is based. It is an architectural lighting company so we get involved in both indoor and outdoor lighting for commercial projects such as offices and hotels, high end residential schemes and even expensive yachts - we design and supply to offer a full service to customers. I’m a fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting. It is a great organisation to be a part of for anyone with an interest in lighting. Its aims are: • To promote the benefits of good lighting, especially in the built environment. • To be at the forefront of developing lighting as an integral part of a low-energy and sustainable future. • To provide professional recognition to those in light and lighting. • To establish and promote good practice in lighting design and engineering in all their facets. • To provide a forum where people interested in all aspects of light and lighting can come together. • To set and maintain standards in education for light and lighting. • To advise government and other authoritative bodies on the best use and application of light and lighting. As a lighting engineer why be a member of CIBSE? For me it’s about being in a community of people who are like minded in their motivation to improve the built environment. Institutions and societies are about the members – that’s where the magic originates. Getting people together in a room to review an update to a technical guidance or piece of advice ensures debate around the concepts. This coming together is what it’s all about - enhancing the debate to ensure the most effective outcome. My journey at CIBSE started with volunteering for the SLL by joining the communications and marketing committee. It was an important step in enabling me to participate in events, meet new people and to play my part in a diverse, global organisation with an aim of ensuring that the buildings we design today meet the needs of the people who live and work in them. I’m looking forward to continuing my CIBSE journey in my year as President.

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From left to right: Ashley Bateson MSc, CEng, CEnv, FCIBSE, MEI - Vice President Lynne Jack CEng FCIBSE FSOPHE - President Elect Peter Y Wong BSc, LLB, LLM, FCIBSE, FHKIE, FIET, Chartered Engineer, R.P.E (Ell, Bss) - Immediate Past President Stephen Lisk FCIBSE FSLL – President Kevin Kelly CEng FlEl FCIBSE FSLL - Vice President Stuart MacPherson CEng FCIBSE - Vice President

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The Challenges, Trends and Disruptive Technologies in the HVACR Industry The Latest Trends in the HVACR Industry Industry-wide, the longest-term impact issue right now is the future of refrigerant transitions away from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). There’s

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a lot of uncertainty and different ways this can go in terms of how the industry will trend, and many ways policy can be implemented. We find ourselves in this interesting balancing act where the need for certainty in the long term is getting us to a point where we are


going to be a lot of rumors, suggestions, or innuendo regarding what is going to be banned, what products are being transitioned away from or transitioned to, and we just don’t know a lot of that information right now. In terms of the channel itself, and especially with HARDI being primarily focused on the wholesale distributors, there is a focus on the continuing evolution of how people and businesses like to do business. This is having an impact across the entire channel. We have our contractors being asked now to do laboronly installs for products that customers procured themselves. We have distributors being expected to provide Amazon-like online experiences. We have the expectation of more just-in-time delivery and even more one to twohour delivery these days, which for bigger and more complex products is certainly harder to achieve. The way business is expected to be done, is being done, and can be done are all changing at such a rapid pace at this point in time. Our market also continues to grow, and everybody needs to grow. Competition is quite fierce in our industry, so you have a lot of companies in the industry experimenting with different ways to grow. Maybe that means contractors performing some of the functions of distributors, or manufacturers doing things that contractors might do, or distributors expanding to fulfill the functions of one of the two, or both. Right now, there’s a lot of blurring of lines and fast-moving changes. But bottom line, the one constant that does remain true is, it all still comes down to value. The companies that win will ultimately be the ones who deliver the most value. And that’s where HARDI tries to stay focused, helping our members identify where they can provide more value, and be the best in the world at delivering it. actually eagerly awaiting added regulation, at least domestically here in the U.S. It has also been encouraging to see the wave of Kigali Amendment ratifications seen on the global scale over the past year. But we’ve been working with industry partners and our counterpart trade associations to get the best policies implemented for a smooth and predictable transition, and frankly, in a way where we can be most effective in working with the regulators to achieve the best policy. In the meantime, there is a lot of uncertainty – there’s

The Challenges in Making HVACR “Cleaner” We have a very vested interest in coming together as an industry and getting policy implemented that serves the needs of the customers, but policy that also protects the industry from patchworks of different standards or approved refrigerants or applications – no one wins in that system. Long-gone are the days where business organizations can simply HVACR Leaders • July 2018

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say no to every form of regulation. That’s just not going to work anymore. Our industry is a great example of one coordinating with regulators, because smart and market-based regulation can actually help. But when the regulation starts getting beyond the affordable capabilities of the manufacturers or consumers who ultimately have to buy them, we start losing all the economies of scale and again everyone loses in that matter. There are interesting things that are being done in the channel that probably can’t be regulated, but the intense focus on training and development of not only system designers, but also installers, to improve total system performance and total system efficiency, provide great delivered efficiency of all those systems, and learn the technological developments from manufacturers (that are enabling really smart blended systems rather than just a one-size-fits-all application) all open the door to building systems toward very specific application needs. As this trend

grows in the industry, it will get us to having that positive, “cleaner” effect, but the challenge is getting to where we need to be across the channel to make this progress truly industrywide. What we are seeing in the marketplace is that the best-trained and most-knowledgeable contractors in particular are the ones who are winning the most. And that’s good – you have a market really driving value for them to know what they are doing, to do it right the first time, and to do it in the most efficient way possible for the customer. So I think we have a lot of opportunity as an industry there to continue to grow in this direction as well. I do think that the world’s reliance on our products is not going to change and will actually continue to grow. But any negative impact on the environment that can be attributed to our industry has already drastically been reduced and will continue to do so going forward.

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disrupt the HVACR industry Everybody – and not just us in the HVACR industry – is trying to figure out what the evolution and impact of the “connected home” will be. I think there are still two different aspects of this topic. Regarding the idea that there is a single interface for multiple systems within a home or building, it’s achieved in a percentage of commercial buildings but it’s still a work in progress at the residential level. But no one yet has a clear, complete solution that can effectively manage all aspects of that environment. At the same time, everyone is rapidly trying to. And the question is – is there a single firm who is ultimately going to win it? Our products are generally the most expensive and the most complex in a home or building. And I would say our industry probably should be greater leaders and drivers in this space, but when you are the biggest and most complex and generally expensive system built into an environment, you have your hands full already. It’s kind of hard to get outside your lane too far, but it’s a huge disruptor.

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On a supply chain side, we at HARDI spend a lot of time thinking about technology and applications for distributors, and one of the biggest concerns we have is distributors trying feverishly to implement new technology, from online sales vehicles to inventory management systems. We have a role as a trade association to continue to expose our members to advanced technology applications, and how to identify and select good partners for implementation. I’m also glad that HARDI has a good relationship with ASHRAE, and we work closely with aspects of the engineering community – especially around policy issues. But one thing I think is going to be essential going forward is creative system and solution design. The HVACR industry doesn’t move as fast as, say, Silicon Valley, but new products and technology applications are moving pretty darn quick for us right now. It’s going to be the engineering community not only on the front-end of design, but also on the application side convincing building owners to try new things.

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Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry. HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts, and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/ industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents roughly 500 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors. Collectively, HARDI also represents an estimated 85 percent of the U.S. wholesale distribution market for HVACR equipment, supplies, and controls.

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Talbot Gee moved to Columbus, OH to join HARDI in 2006 after serving as Executive Director for wholesale distributor trade associations in the security hardware, horticultural supplies, and general aviation industries for five years as part of an association management company based in Philadelphia, PA. In his role as HARDI’s CEO, Talbot oversees the association’s new and ongoing efforts to increase distributor members’ competitive advantage, and that of their committed supplier partners and customers, in their respective markets through proprietary education and professional development, benchmarking and market data analyses, government affairs and advocacy, and the exchange of proven best practices. Talbot regularly writes for industry and distribution publications and he also represents HARDI’s membership in front of a wide array of audiences speaking on the value of wholesale distribution, government affairs trends and updates, specific issue briefs, and emerging HVACR opportunities. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with a B.A. in political science in 1997, Talbot worked for a telecommunications trade association based in Washington, DC.

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In late 2017, HARDI launched a new Mexico division, and the new initiative is seeing incredible growth at an incredible pace. HARDI Mexico was established to be specifically for support to the Mexican market and channel, and Mexican distributors are flocking to this new organization and experienced incredible progress in shaping the HVACR channel in Mexico less than a year in.

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HARDI has grown our training and professional development resources, especially its HEAT.U learning management

system and certification programs, to the point where they are now integral in the employee development platforms of many of HARDI’s big, sophisticated, highly-successful and profitable member companies. HARDI has invested in industry statistics and benchmarking, performance analysis, and economic forecasting resources for our members for a full decade, making the organization purveyors of some of the best industry data available. We are now also able to add-in analyses of macro economics and other external drivers or headwinds to our members businesses.


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The Untold Story of Air Conditioning Contractors of America

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Describe the company’s past achievements and how does it overcome challenges? The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has been representing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contracting industry for nearly 100 years, but was incorporated in its present form in the late 1960s.

This problem is exacerbated by federal and state policies and incentives pushing consumers to purchase more energy efficient equipment, based on laboratory conditions, but disregarding the need for proper - “quality”installations to achieve desired energy efficiency goals. Each time equipment efficiency standards increase, so too does the price of the equipment.

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installation practices cause the equipment to consume, on average, 30-40 percent more energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates nearly half of all HVAC installations have not been installed properly. Government agencies responsible for energy efficiency standards must do more to educate consumers about the benefits of hiring a professional who will install a system correctly. This includes, among other items, proper equipment sizing, addressing duct leakage, and correcting airflow issues.

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working with Members of Congress, the Trump Administration, and state energy officials to maintain support for this important program.

Program sponsors, offering consumers a guarantee that their system is installed correctly and capable of operating at the promised efficiency level. We are currently

To ensure contractors and technicians have the tools and training to properly install, service, and maintain HVACR systems, ACCA invests heavily to create unrivaled technical offerings. ACCA has created dozens of ANSI recognized manuals and standards that teach the proper installation, service, and maintenance protocols for residential and commercial HVACR applications. No other contracting organization has the technical acumen that ACCA has, and we are proud to lead the industry’s efforts to promote Quality Installation practices and contractor excellence.

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How does your organization contribute to a cleaner, efficient and safer environment? Poorly installed, designed, and commissioned systems, which EPA says impacts half of all systems, will use more energy, decrease indoor air quality, contribute to refrigerant leaks, reduces equipment lifespan, and leads to customer dissatisfaction. ACCA contributes to energy efficiency and a cleaner and safer environment by creating standards and manuals that help contractors properly size equipment, ensure ducts are designed to deliver precise air flow, and decrease opportunities for refrigerant leaks. There’s no trade secret or advanced technology needed to deliver a Quality Installation. It is simply installing a system according to the manufacturers installation requirements, which ACCA has incorporated in to the ACCA/ANSI Quality Installation standard. Where is ACCA headed? ACCA is investing in products, training, and events that focus the upcoming generation of contracting managers and owners. ACCA is evolving to ensure these emerging leaders have an association to call home. This is an issue many trade organizations face today, but ACCA is ahead of the curve. We have several events planned this year, and next, to help young contractors become leaders in the industry, and to help business owners transition from parent to child. There are few good leadership training programs that help contractors through these transitions. ACCA is working with the George Washington Leadership Institute to create a high-level seminar focused on this challenge – which is quite prevalent in the contracting industry. What are the notable projects? Besides being known for technical products, ACCA also has robust business training and government relations programs. We bring all of this together at ACCA’s annual meeting, which is scheduled in San Antonio, March 4-6, 2019, and our Fall Forums, scheduled for November 6-9, 2018 in Fort Worth.

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Our Fall Forums focus on emerging leaders, service managers, and other non-owner decision makers in contracting businesses.

and prosper. I’ve never met someone who participates in the MIX Group program who hasn’t recommended it to other contractors.

We conduct training on maintenance agreement pricing, leadership, recruiting techniques, and other programs to help contractors grow their businesses. The Annual Meeting is geared more toward the business owner or top management of HVACR contractors. We couple it with a large Expo, featuring the latest products, service vendors, and ACCA Corporate Partners who showcase their goods and services.

What innovative solutions have you introduce?

The Annual Meeting always has excellent networking events too, like the ACCA MIXer where we help contractors form MIX Groups. The Management Information Exchange (MIX) program is one of ACCA’s premier membership benefits. Small groups of non-competitive businesses band together a couple times each year to share everything about their business operations. They share financial information, marketing strategies, staffing procedures, 82 and more, all to help each company grow

We get a lot of our ideas through ACCA’s Contractor Forum, which is where contractors ask each other questions, share new ideas, and offer to help each other out. ACCA keeps an eye on the forum to get an idea of what contractors need from us. We go about working with contractors who have overcome certain challenges or addressed a need in their company to create new membership programs. We pride ourselves on being a contractor-driven and focused association. We also have several task forces operating that provide guidance to ACCA staff for our annual meeting and membership needs, as well as a robust committee structure. We have about a dozen committees that are responsible for developing ideas and products that staff manages.


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About Paul T. Stalknecht I started with ACCA in 2001, after a career with the American Trucking Associations. Originally from New Jersey, I moved to the D.C. area in 1985 with my family. My beloved wife passed away in 1999, so I raised my two girls and son for many years as a single father. As the President and CEO of ACCA, I really enjoy spending time with our members, learning about their challenges, and meeting with their families and staff. ACCA members are some of the best businessmen and businesswomen in the country, and I learn something new from them every day. They are leaders in the industry and their communities. They keep me motivated to do my part to better the contracting industry. Define your leadership style I like to give my staff the freedom and flexibility they need to help contractors. I provide guidance and vision for them, but ACCA’s professional staff are wellsuited to get into the weeds. They are the experts, and I expect them to produce quality products and offer superior customer service to our members and non-members. I try to get out of their way and let them do their professional jobs. One of the things I instill in them to not let the fear of failure paralyze their thinking and action. We mess up occasionally and we learn from those mistakes together. I don’t fault my staff for trying something. But, what bothers me most as a boss is people who refuse to try something at all and take no initiative. The best people are those willing to try something new, with a vision of doing something great for the association and not afraid of the bumps along the way. As long as they put their mind to the task!

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Khansaheb Group: A Tradition of Excellence in the Engineering Industry Khansaheb History Established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1935, the Khansaheb Group delivers a diverse portfolio of construction and facilities management services and solutions to major local, regional and international blue-chip clients. Widely admired as pioneers in the construction and real estate industry, Khansaheb has helped to play a key role in the growth and development of the UAE by consistently delivering sustainable world-class solutions for all types of building and infrastructure projects.

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special and iconic projects in both the UAE and beyond, Khansaheb has harnessed a strong reputation for utmost professionalism, integrity and quality underpinned by reliable delivery and ultimate customer satisfaction in every instance. Khansaheb has become a trusted partner to the Dubai Government as well as many largescale private developments that have relied on the company to deliver numerous key projects across Dubai and the wider Emirates. These include the award-winning Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, the Dubai International Convention Centre and the hugely popular Mall of the Emirates.


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Interserve Partnership - Partners Since 1981 A partnership between Khansaheb and Interserve PLC was formed in 1981. Interserve is a leading construction and support services group, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. This 37 year association is a true partnership and has enabled Khansaheb to develop into one of the leading construction and support service companies in the UAE, combining local knowledge and reputation with global strength.

Khansaheb Industries Khansaheb Industries is a subsidiary of Khansaheb Investments, which has been created to recognize the UAE’s evolution into a mature and thriving economy driven by knowledge, innovation, sustainability and world-class manufacturing. Khansaheb Industries was established with

a mission to introduce the latest innovative energy-efficient products and technologies into the local and regional markets. As a start, we acquired the Global Intellectual Property Rights of Spiralite insulated non-metallic HVAC ductwork. In addition to several prestigious projects in the UAE, Spiralite has been installed in the international markets in the U.K., the USA, Ireland, Spain, Singapore and Oman, to name a few.

A Rich Heritage Successfully in business for more than 80 years, the Khansaheb Family are recognised as leaders and innovators in both the UAE and the Gulf, having founded the first local contracting business in the UAE in 1935. Ever since, Khansaheb has harnessed its strong reputation through utmost professionalism, integrity and quality supported by reliable delivery and has become the go-to provider for clients who seek fast track, high quality construction.

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Present Breakthrough Achievements Khansaheb Industries follows the family tradition through the introduction of ground breaking innovations into the UAE. Spiralite is widely regarded as being the best performing AC ductwork available in the global market and offers optimal airflow and thermal efficiency, with unrivalled whole-of-life cost savings over the lifetime of a building. Spiralite is a unique and innovative product and is simply the only AC insulated ductwork anywhere in the world that effectively addresses the important issues of sustainability and energy efficiency, with measured energy savings of up to 58%. It is incredible that, while HVAC makes up to 30% of the cost of a building over its lifetime, and AC ductwork is a substantial component of that, there is no ductwork product other than Spiralite that effectively reduces the energy usage and cost.

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Maybe one of the reasons for the rapid market acceptance is the fact that Spiralite offers meaningful advantages to all those involved in the construction process – from property developers and owners, to designers and mechanical engineering consultants, to programme managers and cost consultants/ QSs, to Main and MEP contractors – all can benefit from the enhanced value of a future proof building and the reduced project time and costs.


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The Future We are looking at a number of new and exciting developments with Spiralite itself and also other products that are related to AC systems and that have similar attributes in terms of innovation, energy savings and sustainability; in other words, consistent with the Khansaheb Industries mission and strategy.

The Importance of Sustainability Sustainability is the key attribute underpinning all the products and activities of Khansaheb Industries and comes from our recognition that lowering the carbon footprint of the planet is the responsibility of every individual and organisation. We take this obligation very seriously and put it at the forefront of any business opportunity. This ensures that all buildings are future-proofed and can be enjoyed by future generations without compromising the environment in which we live and on which we depend. Khansaheb Industries is justifiably able to claim that Spiralite is the most sustainable and energy efficient AC ductwork, that has been widely recognized for its green credentials, including recognition from the Emirates Green Building Council and Green Emirates, selection for the Masdar The Future Build portal, membership of the Energy Efficiency Partnership, certification as a Low Carbon Business and Trustmark Certification from the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council.

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Top 10 Iconic Projects 1. 2. 3. 4.

Mall of the Emirates Wafi City Raffles Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre – Convention Centre for the IMF in 2003 and numerous exhibition halls Fujairah City Centre Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall The Beach, JBR Zabeel Palace Gates Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and

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As our highest priority, all Khansaheb Investment’s real estate developments are designed and built to be fully sustainable, energy efficient and future proof, an important part of our legacy.

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Our latest sustainable development, the Mirdif 35 lifestyle center has been rated a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard while our LEED Platinum (the very highest achievable standard) workers accommodation, is currently the sole LEED Platinum building of this type in the whole of the UAE and houses 3,600 people. HVACR Leaders • September 2018

Projects and Products Spiralite has been installed in a number of prestigious projects in the UAE, the GCC and elsewhere in the world, from the USA to Singapore and all over Europe. In the UAE we are working with Masdar on their projects and Spiralite is currently being installed in the new WAFI 52-floor tower, the Clemenceau Medical Centre and several others, with more than 30 completed projects to date. Our target market is simply any building, be it commercial, residential or industrial, in all


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sectors that requires air conditioning and therefore insulated ductwork. In reality, the more onerous the requirement for high quality indoor air and the more demanding the installation, the better that Spiralite performs relative to the competition. Furthermore, because Spiralite has special sterility, acoustic, chemical and moisture resistance qualities, it has been specified in many leisure centres and pool halls, theatres, schools, universities, hospitals, labs and medical facilities, food processing areas, hotels, office buildings and high end residential developments. Finally, where the ductwork aesthetics are important in exposed applications, Spiralite offers a neat and clean finish, with any RAL colour or effect. For example, it was recently installed with a wood grain finish to match the beams in the new show stables at the Al Habtoor Polo Club and Resort.

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Here are the top 3 triva about Khansaheb Group that no one knows 1. Oldest contracting company in UAE

2. Constructed the original crossing between al Muqta and Abu Dhabi Island 3. We offer a pipe freezing service.

As above, Spiralite is a unique and innovative product and is simply the only AC insulated ductwork anywhere in the world that effectively addresses the important issues of sustainability and energy efficiency, with measured energy savings of up to 58%. A combination of the rounded shapes, unique internal airtight and pressure resistant laminate and use of phenolic insulation provide unrivalled airflow and thermal performance and optimise IEQ – Indoor Environmental Quality. Other advantages over GI ductwork include weight savings (up to 85%), space savings (up to 30%), time savings (up to 70%), reduced costs and far quicker and easier delivery, site logistics and installation.

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About the Leader

Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Khansaheb Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Khansaheb from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I work in the family business as a Managing Director of Khansaheb Industries, a Director of Khansaheb Investment and a Director of Clemenceau Medical Centre Dubai. Family has always been a big part of my life. Growing up I always had a close relationsh ip with my parents and grandparents, who have instilled in me the values of Integrity, honesty, sincerity, work ethics, doing the right thing and establishing trust. I carry these values with me today in both my personal and professional life. Those values instilled in me help establish trusting relationships with my spouse, kids, extended family, friends and colleagues. I carry those values when dealing with our employees and customers, to build long lasting relationships based on trust and integrity. My hobbies include traveling, reading, sailing, fishing, formula 1 and football.

Define Your Leadership Style My leadership style is that of the democratice leader having active communication upwards and downwards to involve my team in the decision making process. It is my belief that we are only as good as our team, therefore building a high performance team that is not overy dependent on one individual is key to building a life-long and sustainable business.

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Energy Efficiency I would also like to share some interesting information about energy efficiency: 1. Circular ductwork has had a big impact in the market – in Scandinavia the use of circular ductwork has increased from 5% to 85% in the last 40 years, driven almost entirely by energy cost increases, and in the USA the recently completed multi-billion-dollar refurbishment of the Pentagon had a mandated 35% energy saving, a substantial portion of which was achieved by converting all the AC ductwork from rectangular to circular or flat oval. 2. In the recently completed major refurbishment of the Empire State Building in New York, the CEO instructed that all leading-edge energy saving technologies be introduced, notwithstanding any cost premium. The resulting payback was 1.61 years and his response was a statement that he would have been financially, operationally and environmentally irresponsible to have considered anything else.

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(HVACR) can help save lives in the midst of the cold winter or a hot summer. It can also give comfort to patients who are sensitive to sudden changes in temperatures and help workers in offices keep a cool head while working in crowded offices. But today, HVACR can be more than just that as it is improving and face challenges at the same time. This is where robotics can do its part in keeping a safe HVACR world by decongesting the dilemmas of its narrow ducts.

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Robotics

Changing the face of manual HVACR cleaning Most people, if not all, would agree that cleaning the house is one of the toughest chores in life. For someone to say that a stay-at-home mother is doing an easy and comfortable work, it is unacceptable. What more in cleaning HVAC systems. One must not underestimate the dread of cleaning the system manually. We should admire those who can do it well.. or even those who cannot but still tried.

But how can we achieve a 5-star houses, offices, restaurants or just grade in cleaning HVACR systems probably anywhere. If technology effortlessly? has been widely utilized to develop helpful tools in constructing buildings and establishments, well This question might seem it can also be a tool to invent things impossible to answer but robots do that will maintain the cleanliness of have a way to make this work for those that were built. everyone. Robots can offer a smart way to clean HVACR systems in Robotics offers a wide array of cleaning processes that can soon topple down the manual cleaning labors. If the HVACR system is not properly cleaned, it can recontaminate the whole system. Manual cleaning cannot remove all the dirt because of its limitations. It is also time-consuming and is hazardous especially when workers are exposed to pollutants and harmful substances that are trapped in air ducts. There are tons of robotic vacuums that are available in the market today. One of them is the ANATROLLER. This robotic vacuum is pricey but what it does will compensate it’s worth. For $11,999.00, this robotic vac can sweep those hard-to-reach areas of ducts. It is also equipped with a 360-degree rotating full HD camera that is very useful for efficient duct inspection.

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Another robot that can be an HVAC company’s friend is the ISSAC (Inspection, Sealing, and Advanced Cleaning) robotic system. Aside from the inspection and cleaning function of this robot, it can help in sealing and coating of ducts if needed. It also has a video recording system and is capable of hard-to-reach remediation which is very costly when done manually. Most of the robotic cleaners can be programmed the way the HVACR company wants. Robotic cleaning can also reduce hazards in the HVAC industry and improve efficiency. It can also cut down costly operations to clean air ducts

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Building Automation Systems Offers Efficiency As continuous demands for HVAC is growing and it is something companies and even simple household can’t live without, it opens a door towards automation controls like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Combining the HVAC simulation and AI will really create a game changer plan as it will save not only energy consumptions of 18110

companies and businesses but also the worldwide energy use as a whole, for HVAC. Knowing HVAC, it is an industry which recent studies found out that utilizes about 15% of the world’s energy supply. Perhaps, the integration of AI in HVAC systems such as heating, venting, and air-conditioning will make a huge impact and potential.

games, playing chess and other games is definitely taking over us. No wonder how its potentials can make a huge difference in HVAC systems. But the question that may be bothering you is, how?

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Knowing HVAC, it is an industry which recent studies found out that utilizes about 15% of the world’s energy supply.

numerous scenario that caters the best way to address a specific task. No longer HVAC system will use simple formula-based response. In this way, significant variables will likely be saved and the

first on the list is energy. Significant change will alter the energy demand of HVAC as the development of renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar will take over to balance its consumption.

Within the next 5 to 10 years, electrical signals of HVAC systems will also shift to a branch of AI primarily through powerededge computers and will bring a faster processing closer to the data source. The more HVAC field will be operated by computer processors the more chances of power and hardware consumption and cost decrease. It is a breakthrough and proof of how possible it is for HVAC system to save billions through AI. 11119


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Robotics in manufacturing AC & heaters will steal our jobs? In modern homes and contemporary buildings, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or what is collectively known as the HVAC system is also an essential component of the structure nowadays. It is because the weather has become so unpredictable due to climate change. The lifespan of an HVAC system, more so, its efficiency and cost-effectiveness, is anchored on its regular maintenance. HVAC system cleaning contractors utilize a wide array of tools in carrying out a cleaning project and they employed highly trained technicians to do the job from inspection to the actual cleaning. To lessen indoor pollution and maintain a good indoor air quality, the major components of the HVAC system such as the air handling unit, supply ductwork, and the return ductwork/exhaust must be routinely checked. The maintenance of an HVAC system is banal yet routine; hence, it is imperative that HVAC professionals are equipped with both knowledge and skills to do the job. There are a lot of occupational risks and hazards that come with the job such as electrocution, getting burns, cuts, scrapes, and punctures, fatigue, asbestos exposure, falls, crushing 20 112

injuries, and other accidents as a result of safety violations. These catastrophic scenarios have prompted technological engineers to come up with equipment that could aid HVAC personnel if not, could potentially replace them. Robotics Design Inc. designed and manufactured ANATROLLER. With a built-in high definition rotating camera, this miniature maneuverable robot can inspect, brush, coat, and disinfect ducts. This technological development has indeed reduced the work-related perils that an HVAC professional can be exposed to in every cleaning project. Another noteworthy technological concept is machine learning which can be incorporated in the HVAC systems. Machine learning pertains to algorithms essential to modern programming. Forget artificial intelligence because it is a thing of the past. Machine learning centers in the idea that computer systems have the ability to learn or train with data without being scripted or programmed. The HVAC system is composed of a number of equipment and

configurations therefore, it is not hard to imagine how complex the integration of all those is. This is where machine learning steps in. By using all the HVAC data available for a particular building and treating it as an interrelated system, it is possible to identify patterns and relationships that even human ability cannot.


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HVACR attack A serious threat to security Buildings and other similar establishments have been blessed by the power of HVAC building automation systems (BAS). It saves a lot of energy for mechanical engineers to adjust and repair the ventilation and cooling systems. The use of digital controls is an advantage for many building engineers because microprocessors made controllers small and more powerful. BAS can monitor energy usage in electricity, water, gas or fuel. BAS is very helpful in business. Fastfood chains are said to be the first one to adapt this system because of the imbalance of temperature in the kitchen and customers’ dining area. It provides efficiency in controlling air-conditioning, heating comfort and process systems. BAS is networked to the internet or a standalone system where controllers can control the functions using their own internal processors. However, using BAS has also 22

disadvantages. Hackers can attack the system which can compromise information. The dedicated network of clients for BAS connection can be vulnerable to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This attack intentionally paralyzes the computer system. Researchers have found out a new attack technique called “HVACker.” This technique allows attackers to send commands using temperature changes and convert it to binary code. HVACR BAS is also very helpful in hospitals as it maintains good indoor air quality and thermal condition suitable for the patients. However, if not secured, this HVAC system can cause a threat to patients’ security and safety. In 2009, a hospital security guard was arrested because of accessing the HVAC system and the personal information system of a Texas hospital. According to experts, manipulating the HVACR system can affect the condition of patients who are sensitive to changes in temperature.

If hospitals are targeted by these attacks, what more for government offices? Government data breach can cause worse scenarios such as election fraud or war. It can also disrupt government services and put trade systems at risk. HVACR system can become an open-door for intruders to penetrate into the system and they can easily hide as well to prevent detection. These attacks are detrimental and solutions are being offered by cybersecurity firms. You can avoid these HVACR attacks by being wise in choosing an outside service contractor and by maintaining secure data systems and practices. The company should also make sure that the building automation system is not connected to any sensitive information.

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Companies are now investing predominantly in green energy resources. As more businesses acquire ‘environmentally-friendly’ mantras, industry leaders will definitely get hooked to this idea.

Birth of Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic architecture, also regarded as a passive-cooling technique, has been practiced since 1769. This approach connects the building’s design with nature. To provide interior thermal comfort, climate and environmental conditions are considered.

With the rise of Bioclimatic Architecture, should the HVAC industry be shaking?

If bioclimatic architecture has been done before, then why the in-

Some say that this trend in building design will eventually put an end to air-conditioners. The magnitude of this innovation can be aptly felt in Southeast Asia as companies like T3 Architecture Asia have already started integrating this concept in their projects. Since most areas in the said region have a warm climate throughout the year, this trend will possibly become the next big thing in the industry.

dustry did not favor such a beautiful concept?

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Airconditioners are a necessity in

has invaded the markets. People

ty in some parts of the world. It is

have chosen to spend bucks on pur-

also regarded as one of the largest

some parts

chasing air-conditioners or letting

energy consumers. While this prod-

of the world.

HVAC engineers do the work rather uct has undeniably offered so much than trust an architect’s expertise.

comfort to humans, its detrimental

It is also

Well, that situation might get a 180° effects on the environment are also

regarded

well noted. Even though the use

as one of

turn now.

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refrigerants is still inevitable.

Promoting bioclimatic archi-

An option worth the risk

This feature will evidently af-

tecture in places where it is most fect the design and structure of the

Promoting bioclimatic

building being constructed which

architecture in

achieving the goal of having a car- is why several clients are having

places where it

needed could be the first step in

bon-neutral planet. In several coun- second-thoughts of pursuing such tries like the Philippines, which deals. Meanwhile, for those risk-tak-

is most needed

was once cited adopting western ers, collaboration and open-mind-

could be the first

architectural designs that are incon- edness about possibilities will make

step in achieving

gruent to the climate, there is much

a bioclimatic project a sure win.

opportunity to bring this system on the table. The key might be political will and educating the urban planning sector.

One great example is The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh

the goal of having a carbon-neutral planet.

designed by Gensler firm. This 166-meter skyrise building, which was completed in 2015, was built 12

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with the goal of becoming one of the ‘greenest skyrise’ in the world. And it did. The Tower stood beyond its capacity of providing a comfortable business place. It became one of the hallmarks of architectural ambitions that have a heart on sustainability, workplace comfort and benefit to the community.

One commendable thing about this building is that it steered away from what is usually the expected outcome of a high-rise building sit120


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uated in a high-class city. The building’s facade was oriented facing true south, turning away from the urban section of Pittsburgh. Making this choice is relevant to how the sunlight naturally brightens up the place without gaining solar heat. Its windows are also controlled to allow natural ventilation, which is incorporated through a solar chimney that vacuums the warm air out. Water recycling and treatment are also present here.

In this project, it became evi-

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dent that bioclimatic architecture

Windows to a greener future

won’t compromise the aesthetics of the building. Even when The Tower could be constructed in a very different way, it never lacked the gran-

Having

an

air-conditioned

house is a dream for many but to

diosity that it is now flaunting in the have a bioclimatic home will be the skyline of Pennsylvania. Apart from ultimate desire of the future generthat is the way that it can inspire

ation.

more businesses to change the way they plan about the future of their workplace. Because a green working environment is always a better idea.

Embracing energy-efficient infrastructures is no longer far from reality. As this innovation takes place, there is hope that several business leaders will take a leap into this venture. But of course, this is not only a breakthrough for the elites but most

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Having an air-conditioned house is a dream for many but to have a bioclimatic home will be the ultimate desire of the future generation.

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importantly, it will help communi-

they need to shut down windows to

ties become ever comfortable and

maintain indoor temperature. But

more natural with the way they live.

now, beyond the beauty and form of the building, it can be an asset to sustain the way we should naturally

For so many years, we have become dependent on air-conditioning units and ironically, the comfort it gave us became an ingredient for the climatic discomfort we are experiencing now. Many people have not been exposed to sunlight because

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