The 4th edition of the World IEQ Forum will aim to build on the positive momentum achieved at the last edition. The only dedicated conference that looks at IEQ through the prism of the HVAC industry, the Forum will extensively spotlight the residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors. While the various vision statements by regional governments have driven home the need for continuous efforts towards achieving socioeconomic development and a happy society, the additional motivation for the conference comes from the nearness of the two mega-events – the Dubai EXPO 2020 and the FIFA World Cup in 2022 in Qatar – and the associated construction projects on the anvil. more info »
Quotes from our Past Participants
"Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases known to humankind. It is highly poisonous in nature. The symptoms of its toxicity include headache, mental dullness, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, loss of muscular control, increased then decreased pulse and respiratory rate, collapse, unconsciousness and death (CO > 1,500ppm). The sensor element in CO sensor is electro-chemical. Constant chemical reaction will reduce the efficiency of sensors by more than 50%, hence it needs to be calibrated every 6-12 months. Also, CO sensors do not have a ‘capable radius’ or ‘area of coverage’. In order for a sensor to detect a gas concentration, the gas must migrate from the source location to the sensor location. These are critical issues for discussion at the conference."
Syed Taqi Hussain
Independent Monitoring Equipment Calibration Expert
"The successful monitoring and control of the quality of room air, particularly in hospitals, is becoming increasingly important due to improved awareness of its effects on comfort and health. EPA ranks indoor air as one of the top five environmental threats to human health. Many infection-control professionals have described the ductwork systems in a hospital as the "pathway for pathogens". Indoor air quality is something that can’t be seen or heard – but it can be measured. Therefore, the topic, IEQ/IAQ is emerging as an important subject in the GCC region. This conference on IEQ provides a platform to share experience and expertise and to update professional knowledge and skill. This has become an important event in the GCC. My best wishes for its great success. I will participate in this event to share my one decade of experience in a hospital in Oman."
Dr M Ramaswamy
Technical Expert - Royal Estates, Sultanate of Oman; formerly Hospital Chief Engineer, Department of Engineering, Rustaq Hospital, Sultanate of Oman
"Hazardous air pollutants are known to have serious adverse health, environmental and ecological impacts. The USEPA verifies that these sources are mostly human-made, such as mobile, stationary and indoor sources. CPI Industry have embarked on a journey to integrate industry experts and find an apt solution to this indoor environmental issue. Through our participation, Al Hoty Stanger Laboratories are poised to support them and the local regulatory authorities with our pool of accredited technical testing expertise."
Technical & Business Development Manager, Al Hoty Stanger Laboratories
"Camfil is happy to have the opportunity to participate in an event we hope will continue to help raise awareness of a serious issue that affects all of us in one way or another. The regulation and improvement of IAQ is a challenge not only for the UAE but for all industrialised societies around the world."
President, Camfil Farr Asia & Middle East
"It is vital that we understand the importance of Indoor Environmental Quality and how it affects our biggest asset, our people. With it, we can achieve and maintain optimal comfort levels that positively drive productivity and employee morale. Therefore having a group of professionals together in one place, talking the same language, can only mean providing a great platform for creating awareness around the importance of this subject."
HSE Compliance Manager, Human Resources & Shared Services, DU
"The event is a great motivator towards future innovations in indoor air quality. It will be a great hub of knowledge and experience-sharing, which will surely drive new innovations to achieve environmental sustainability. Good IAQ is the responsibility of every business."
Ismail Al Marzouqi
Facilities Manager Command & Control Centre/District Cooling Plant, Festival Center, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate LLC
"This event will provide a great opportunity to spread awareness on how best practices in air conditioning and ventilation can help promote good health and occupant comfort, which in turn, will help enhance productivity in the country. We truly hope that this event will be an inspiration for other people, especially the engineers, architects and the new generations to practice Sustainability and Green Environment. I can see unlimited benefits of this bold step, and I congratulate you in advance for your success."
His Excellency Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor
The Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, and The President of the UAE Society of Engineers
"The importance of the Indoor Environment is only second to Climate Change, as per EPA and NIST. As HVAC engineers, we have been accustomed to interpret the indoor environment requirements as compliance with ASHRAE Std 62.1. LEED takes this beyond by adding further qualitative requirements of what we humans are looking for. The platform created by this conference is set to invigorate our indoor space by spreading awareness and brining interaction between those responsible for creating our indoor spaces."
FIMechE, PEng, LEED Fellow, USGBC LEED FacultyTM LEED AP (BD+C), MIEEE, MASHRAE; Director, Green Technologies
"When air pollution and the associated climate change shed light on protective means to indoor human occupants, undoubtedly air filtration technologies emerge as the common denominator. It is imminent to confront the truth of the air pollution challenges facing our planet. I am eager to participate in the IEQ conference to address the pressing issues of today's filtration needs for better air quality."
Dr. Iyad Al Attar
International air filtration consultant
"Poor indoor air quality in educational buildings not only will impact occupants’ health but will also result in major financial losses to organisations. Studies show that workplace productivity is driven by good and improved IAQ measures and can help decrease rates of absenteeism in businesses."
Dr Assem Al-Hajj
Academic Head SBE / Director of Studies CMS, Institute for Building and Urban Design, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
- Dubai EXPO 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022 as key drivers for growth, and strategies to ensure complete IEQ compliance for healthy visitor experience
- IEQ compliance in the inventory of existing buildings and new construction (NC) across the GCC region
- Balancing IEQ with energy efficiency, as opposed to viewing the two as conflicting with each other. Looking at the minimum number of fresh air changes, heat recovery, etc.
- Aligning IEQ measures to energy-efficiency retrofitting initiatives
- Performance management contracting in IEQ
- Supporting mechanisms from government (policies, regulation, enforcement)
- Other enabling mechanisms: Financial models for successful IEQ planning and implementation strategies
- Return on Investment on standalone IEQ projects
- Innovative solutions in air treatment and air movement, and cost-effective strategies for marquee and affordable projects (residential, commercial)
- Addressing thermal comfort through holistic design, installation, operation and maintenance strategies; innovations in technology
- Scientific approach to measuring benefits of good IEQ and reporting structure
- IEQ in the commercial sector
- IEQ in the education sector
- IEQ in the healthcare sector
- IEQ in the hospitality sector
The format of the 4th Edition of the World IEQ Forum will be unique, informed as it will be by a unique programme agenda. While it will feature addresses, presentations and panel discussions, the highlight of the event will be a series of case studies to highlight regional and international IEQ success stories in multiple sectors.