ASHRAE to publish Arabic translation of ventilation standard in 2018

The translation of ASHRAE Standard 62.1 should be "completed within the next two or three months", according to the publicity chair of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter (UAE and Oman)

Azmi Aboul-Hoda, publicity chair of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter (UAE and Oman).
Azmi Aboul-Hoda, publicity chair of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter (UAE and Oman).

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is set to publish the Arabic translation of its ventilation standard in the coming months.

Azmi Aboul-Hoda, publicity chair of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter (UAE and Oman), told Construction Week that the translation of ASHRAE Standard 62.1 is nearly done.

“This should be completed within the next two or three months, to be published on the ASHRAE website,” said Aboul-Hoda.

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“We are [translating standards] to Arabic to make them more accessible to people in the region who only know Arabic or who are interested in reading the standards in Arabic.”

Aboul-Hoda, who is also the managing director of Emergy, was among the speakers at the 4th edition of the RetrofitTech Dubai Summit, held earlier this month.

Commenting on the retrofit market in the UAE, Aboul-Hoda said that while it has grown, it’s “really still in the early stages”.

He explained: “There are initiatives encouraging the market to go for energy retrofits, but to truly become energy-efficient, we need regulations that mandate energy audits and retrofits, that put a limit on energy consumption.”

He acknowledged, however, that enforcement would be difficult, owing to a shortage of skilled energy professionals: “The government cannot just mandate a resolution if there is nobody there to implement it.

“For example, if the government were to make energy audits – the first step in any retrofit project – mandatory, it would need energy auditors, but we do not have the required number at the moment.”

According to Aboul-Hoda, although the required human resources must be filled by the private sector, it is a problem that the public sector is trying to address.

“This is what [the government] is doing right now,” he said. “It is offering training sessions and training programmes, as well as encouraging new businesses to be incorporated in the country and encouraging more individuals to get into this sector.”

Also at the summit, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) revealed that it had launched an energy efficiency training programme.

“We are working closely with residential groups, government [and] commercial entities, and industrial organisations to provide support and assistance on education around energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Ali Mohd Al Jassim, chief executive officer of Etihad ESCO.

“We have launched the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program, which is a consortium of three local and international partners who will deliver 19 training sessions, offering 12 certifications for members. Initiatives like these will help educate and motivate people to consider changes in technology that will lead to more energy-efficient buildings across the Emirate.”

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