Winner of the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards for “Indoor Air Quality” Brings a Cure to Sick Building Syndrome to Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Eco-Structures International, representing the technology “TermoDeck,” won the award for its LEED and BREAAM Certified innovative heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) thermal energy storage system that stores cool and clean air inside building fabrics, improving IAQ and lowering the carbon footprint of buildings.

The annual MENA Green Building Awards, organized by Emirates Green Building Council and held in Dubai at the Roda Al Murooj Hotel on May 9, 2018, honours stakeholders committed to sustainability and green building practices. The MENA Green Building Awards is endorsed by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and audited by KPMG to ensure the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency. Majid Al Futtaim is the Platinum Sponsor and Jotun is the Gold Sponsor of this first of its kind carbon-neutral regional award ceremony, drawing together all the green building councils under the WGBC umbrella in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Eco-Structures International was shortlisted in the category along with Jotun U.A.E. and Carrier Middle East Limited for bringing innovative products and technologies to the market that contribute to superior indoor air quality.

Dr. Ghassan Al Nimry, Director of Eco-Structures International explains that improved air quality is just one of many sustainability successes his company brings to the regional market. “In this industry, we forget sometimes that HVAC’s sole purpose is to provide a comfortable indoor environment for occupants (especially in this region where we spend 95% of our time indoors). We speak a lot about the quantifiable benefits of TermoDeck’s thermal energy AC system, how it lowers capital costs, halves installed AC capacity, cuts connected electrical load, reduces operations and maintenance costs, electricity consumption, etc., we forget our key advantage: improved occupant comfort and human health. That is why we made the submission for the Indoor Air Quality category, and not another category, like low energy/sustainability/etc. where we would have also had a high chance of success.”

Dr. Al Nimry stresses the importance of improving air quality through the implementation of sustainable building practices, as well as upon improving the health and productivity of building occupants. “Studies have shown that people perform better, and are healthier, when the air inside occupied spaces is clean. GEMS Education was a pioneer among educational institution developers, applying the TermoDeck system in the construction of the Dubai American Academy in 2014. That project now has a minimum 54% fresh air during occupied hours and reaches 100% fresh air circulation in cooler months. There are extremely low levels of bacteriological growth and no drafts or sounds from AC vents. But my personal favourite testimony on the system’s qualities was early on from a KG teacher at the school who told me that in the 2-3 months since the school opened, not a single one of her students missed a day of school due to colds or fevers or the flu.”

Eco-Structures’ Chief Strategy Officer, Randa Mouammar, also noted: “With 70% of the planet soon to be living in urban environments, we’ve reached a new point in history where entire generations are living, working and playing almost exclusively indoors. Mold and bacteriological growth and air pollution in buildings is a huge problem in warm climates, affecting health, productivity and finances. Building owners pour money into plastering over and concealing rather than remedying any problems. We bring the technology that enables developers to design clean buildings, at a low cost and using low energy.”

About Eco-Structures International:

Eco-Structures International is a specialist engineering advisory firm in construction, energy and environment, founded in 2007 and committed to a sustainable future. It sources, develops and partners with leading international firms with proven technologies that reduce energy consumption, speed up construction, reduce/reuse/recycle waste, treat water, improve indoor air quality and human health.​