MEP Awards: Meet the sponsors, CVS

First-time sponsor of MEP Awards, Karim Badruddin, managing director at CVS, talks about his company and shares some thoughts on the upcoming event

Karim Badruddin, managing director at CVS.
Karim Badruddin, managing director at CVS.

Introduce your company

For over a decade, Central Ventilation Systems (CVS) has been working with clients across GCC to deliver safe and sustainable HVAC solutions for projects ranging from multi-building complexes, hospitals, malls, universities and villas.

With proven technical capabilities, we connect our clients with products and solutions that deliver enhanced performance in modern construction practices. We are committed to develop solutions that positively impact the green and safety ratings of a project whilst being cost conscious. CVS has been pioneering in passive fire protection, manufacturing the region’s highly accredited fire rated smoke management system (SAFE 4).

Today, CVS has established an industry leading stance on investing in cutting-edge products that comply with the latest international standards and UAE’s fire safety code.

What was your main motivation for signing up as a sponsor this year?

In today’s day and age, technologies are constantly evolving to deliver projects that can sustain the demands of the future. The Middle East region is rapidly transforming and innovation has been a key priority to help raise local and international standards. At CVS, we understand the value of research and development and place it as a core objective of our organisation. At the MEP Middle East Awards, we are delighted to honour the industry’s innovations, support best practices and be a part of the transformation journey the region is leading.

What are you looking forward to the most at the awards this year?

MEP Middle East, through its publication, conferences and awards, has created a superior platform for knowledge share, innovation and networking, helping the region to develop and be at par with international standards and regulations. At the MEP Awards, we are looking forward to celebrating the industry’s progress, recognizing achievements and celebrating the success of projects we have been a part of whilst networking with our clients and industry peers.

How is the market shaping up? What market trends have you noticed this year?

Recently, there have been numerous fire incidents in the region. In the UAE alone, there have been 12 fire-related incidents in the first three months of 2017. This has led to government strengthening fire safety codes and regulations and place an emphasis on usage of fire proof products. This move by the government is a very positive development as our clients now come to us with adequate emphasis and a new perspective focusing on smarter and safer solutions rather than searching for price competitive products.

What are your company’s future plans?

We constantly strive for excellence in delivering HVAC products that directly or indirectly have an impact on the overall quality of air and the environment. CVS plans to further develop its passive fire protection product line to ensure safe and sustainable HVAC systems across all our projects. Our products are tested by Exova Warringtonfire and UL and approved by the local authorities, before they enter the market, to ensure that regional contractors and consultants have better choice of products that deliver optimal safety standards.

What are the main opportunities in the market?

Towards the building momentum of Expo 2020 and launch of some major projects, there is definitely a positive wave in the construction sector with an ambitious program of infrastructure development. UAE is dedicated to promoting fire safety, by affirming the strategic objective of the Civil Defense Department to reduce the incidence of fire accidents significantly during the timeframe of 2017-2021.

This gives HVAC product manufacturers an opportunity to showcase premium products and best practices to align with the goals of local authorities. Costs, on the other hand, will be the major deterrent, with real estate prices under pressure. As a result, manufacturers are also under stress as price levels are continuing to drop. The market is becoming more cost conscious than ever.

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