Quotes from 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

Photo - Dr. M Ramaswamy

"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

Photo - Christopher Rajamani

Past Participant: "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."

Christopher Rajamani

Technical & Business Development Manager, Al Hoty Stanger Laboratories

Photo - Phil Whitaker

Past Participant: "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."

Phil Whitaker

President, Camfil Farr Asia & Middle East

Photo - Daxita Rajcoomar

Past Participant: "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."

Daxita Rajcoomar

HSE Compliance Manager, Human Resources & Shared Services, DU

Photo - Ismail Al Marzouqi

Past Participant: "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

Photo - H.E. Eng. Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor

Past Participant: "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

Photo - Mario Seneviratne

Past Participant: "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."

Mario Seneviratne

FIMechE, PEng, LEED Fellow, USGBC LEED FacultyTM LEED AP (BD+C), MIEEE, MASHRAE; Director, Green Technologies

Photo - Dr. Iyad Al Attar

Past Participant: "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

Photo - Dr Assem Al-Hajj

Past Participant: "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