February 3rd, 2013
The first global District Cooling and Heating Design Manual, exclusively funded and sponsored by Empower, the largest district cooling company in the MENA region, was approved at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Conference 2013 which concluded in Dallas in USA.
The international manual was given unanimous approval by the members of the technical committee, in the presence of ASHRAE President and Mr. Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.
UAE is the first country to sponsor the release of this international manual that will serve as reference for district cooling (DC) and heating design. Empower funded all the studies and research required to create the manual. Moreover, the company supported the manual with a case study on its Business Bay plant room.
Incepted in 1879, ASHRAE, the patron of the manual, is an international organization with 51,000 members across the world.
Bin Shafar said: “Empower is proud to be the only district cooling company in the world to support the research and studies for the international manual which has been designed as a global reference point for heating and district cooling. We believe it will raise the bar on the standards in these two industries across the world.”
DC is developing rapidly in the Gulf which significantly enhances the role it will play by ensuring implementation of unified DC measures across the world.
The approved manual is a stand-alone publication which through its deep focus on planning, design, and operation covers issues relevant to district cooling and heating applications in all regions of the world, including the Middle East.
The design manual includes the following sections: Introduction, System Planning, Central Plant Room, Distribution System, End User Interface, Thermal Storage, Instrumentation and Control, Operations & Maintenance, System Enhancement and Case Study.
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