The regional HVAC industry must pay more attention to the long-term “consequences" of installing substandard systems, according to leading industry figures.
“We are seeing enormous cost pressure on all parties in the construction sector, and this pressure is likely to increase throughout the next year. It is imperative that we make all stakeholders aware of the consequences and costs to be incurred if cooling and ventilation installations are treated carelessly and looked at purely from a cost perspective,” warned Brian Suggitt, chairman of the Middle East chapter of Eurovent, a membership body for the HVAC industry.
“The unnecessary cost paid through increased energy consumption, consequent increase in maintenance costs, fungal growth resultant in sick building syndrome and personal health hazards can never be worth the pure cost saving on poor equipment, installation or maintenance,” said Suggitt, who is also managing director of Systemair Middle East.
The comments, which were published in the 2019 end of year report for Eurovent, underlined wider themes in the study which noted the region’s heavy dependence on cooling and thus the need to mandate a responsible approach to immense energy consumption and energy efficiency.
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“Air conditioning and refrigeration are naturally critical technologies in an environment which sees temperatures going up to 50oC during the summer months. In a market which, in previous years has been driven by price rather than performance, this responsibility rests on authorities and industry alike,” the Eurovent report noted.
Tariq Al Ghussein, chairman and CEO of Taqeef and Eurovent Middle East Board member, said: “Greener, cleaner cooling is all of our business. As an industry, it’s essential we evolve to meet the changing needs of our changing planet and that we do so with efficiency front and centre of our agenda.
“Legislation, standardisation and certification are all crucial to this, and by promoting education, awareness and knowledge-share, Eurovent Middle East is facilitating best practices amongst industry stakeholders throughout the region.”
Eurovent Middle East is the region's largest industry association for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and cold chain solutions. Its participants include leading manufacturers of indoor climate (HVAC), process cooling, food cold chain, industrial ventilation, and building automation technologies, as well as sector associations and industry initiatives active in these fields.