ASHRAE Falcon Chapter celebrates 15th anniversary in UAE

ASHRAE is also moving to a new headquarters that is being designed for net-zero efficiency.

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Hassan Younes, member and president-elect, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, and director of Griffin Consultants.
Hassan Younes, member and president-elect, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, and director of Griffin Consultants.

ASHRAE Falcon Chapter celebrated its 15 years of operation in the UAE on 30 April 2019, by honoring its previous presidents.

Dr Ahmed Ala’a Eldin Mohamed, director & regional Chair, Region at Large, ASHRAE, said that the Falcon Chapter was “the most active chapter not only in region at large even all over the world”. He added: “The Chapter continues to run the events and seminars to enhance the knowledge to the community and engineers.”

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He thanked the ASHRAE team for the continued success.

Farooq Mehboob, representing the body’s leadership and vice president of ASHRAE, said: “I want to thank our past presidents of falcon chapter who gave it strength over the years, distinguished guests. For me, it is indeed a great honor and privilege to be among ASHRAE family. The falcon chapter is no ordinary chapter. It has produced good leadership for both region-at-large and for ASHRAE, in the past and in the present.”

Mehboob thanked Ala’a Eldin Mohamed’s efforts in running the chapter successfully.

Mehboob said that the industry is undergoing great changes, with the coming of the IOT, data analytics, smart grid, and 3d printed buildings. He also said that “with the advancements in electric automobiles alone, the electrical designs of buildings and houses will change and the loads will change”.

He said: “So ASHRAE is at the forefront of this revolution. We are going to be rolling out our new strategic plan for 2019-2024 which will set our focus and goals for the coming five years. The plan has been two years in making. ASHRAE is foreseeing the events that are coming, and planning what we perceive to be the future of our industry and society. This plan is expected to be rolled out and will go into operation on 1 July 2019.”

ASHRAE is also moving to a new headquarters that is being designed for net-zero efficiency. “This is an existing building which is being retrofitted and modified as ASHRAE headquarters. We tend to demonstrate that existing buildings can be net-zero ready. If we are only looking at new buildings to implement ideas then that is not going to achieve the objectives, and we have to turn our focus somewhere. We hope that our new headquarters will be one example of ASHRAE is leading the way,” Mehboob added.


At the ceremony, Liju Thomas, president, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, called on more members to join ASHRAE association. The Chapter has more than 520 members that includes engineers, architects, researcher, academicians and technicians, and students.

Thomas also introduced the incoming president Hassan Younes, member and president-elect, ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, and director of Griffin Consultants. Thomas said: “Younes will be the president from July. Under him ASHRAE will grow into great heights.”

Younes added: “Construction greatly contributes to the economic and social development of the UAE, at the same time it enhances both our standard of living and quality of life. However, construction activities have many environmental implications, namely the HVAC systems that we have in our buildings. In a hot and humid climate like the UAE, it results in increased energy consumption, associated mainly with the need of mechanical cooling that creates extensive demand on our energy grid.

“Our role as ASHRAE members is to help UAE achieve its energy vision, which is a target of 30% saving across the UAE in terms of energy and water, and a power grid relying mainly on renewable by 2050. That’s what the ASHRAE Falcon Chapter has been doing for the past 15 years.”

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