Discussions at the first-ever dedicated and focused
regional conference on IEQ from an HVAC perspective called for a
greater collaboration among different stakeholders to address the
critical issue of indoor environmental quality.
May 13, 2013, Dubai, UAE: The 1st Annual Middle East Indoor Environmental Quality
Conference, a ground-breaking initiative of CPI Industry, the
publishers ofClimate Control Middle East Magazine, attracted participation from key personalities from
government and quasi-government entities, as well as from facilities
management experts, end-users, contractors, consultants, master
developers, technology solutions providers and healthcare and
hospitality professionals. Conducted on the 12th and 13th of May at
the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event
was inaugurated by H.E.
Eng. Essa Al Maidoor,
the Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority.
inauguration address, Al Maidoor said: “The
quality of air influences the future of human health and the
evolution of human life. All parties have to be involved, and
coordination among different stakeholders is needed.” In addition, he
encouraged the government and private sectors alike to adopt
sustainable and green initiatives in all aspects of their daily
In his plenary
address, Dr Tawfik A M Khoja,
Director-General, Executive Board, Health Ministers' Council for the
Cooperation Council States, said that an
environmental management system was important to mitigate the effects
of the operation of healthcare facilities, as they generate hazardous
and non-hazardous wastes.
the backdrop of the Dubai Municipality’s upcoming projects related to
IEQ, Eng Redha Salman, Director
of Public Health and Safety Department, Dubai Municipality, said that DM would be conducting routine inspections,
awareness campaigns and accreditation of more IEQ test laboratories.
He also spoke of how the green building regulations co-issued by
Dubai Municipality would become mandatory by 2014, which would force
buildings in the emirate to comply with strict IEQ requirements.
covered on Day 1 of the event included the importance of filter
performance; mould remediation, duct cleaning and maintenance; and
technologies presently on offer relevant to IEQ, such as fabric
ducting and diffuser systems, non-fibrous acoustic duct liners,
ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and radiant cooling systems.
Some of the
speakers who presented on the first day of the conference were Philip
Whitaker, Regional President, Camfil Farr
Middle East; Tawfiq Attari,
Global Sales and Technical Director, DuctSox
and James Day, Managing Director, Smashing Cleaning Services.
Day 1 was chaired
by Mario Seneviratne, LEED Fellow and USGBC
Leed Faculty, and Director of Green
The second day of
the event saw discussions and presentations on the role of civil
engineering in IEQ; air filtration; humidification and
dehumidification; IEQ in schools; acoustics and vibration; LEED
aspects of IEQ and ASHRAE perspective on IEQ.
Presenters on Day
2 of the conference included Nabil Siyam of Trakhees;
international filtration consultant Dr Iyad
Al Attar; George Berbari, CEO of DC PRO
Engineering; Christopher Rajamani,
Technical and Business Development Manager, Al Hoty-Stanger
Laboratories; Paul Schwarz, Chairman of the Middle East Acoustic
Engineering Society; and Gordon Sharp, an ASHRAE-Distinguished
Lecturer and the Founder and Chairman of Aircuity.
The second day
was moderated by George Kenich, Head of
Infrastructure and MEP, Aldar Properties.
also had a display track to it, where exhibitors of IEQ equipment had
an opportunity to make live demonstrations and where end-users
highlighted the IEQ measures they had deployed in their facilities.
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