Empower: Innovative building and construction solutions ensure energy efficiency

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Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower

Dubai, UAE: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, called on the contracting and construction sectors to expand its plans to adopt innovative solutions in building constructions, as it ensures the achievement of several goals, most notably the optimal use of energy used for space cooling. Empower also directed the major urban project developers and entrepreneurs around the world and the most important influencers in the construction sector, to the importance of contributing to sustainable development and keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution by using District Cooling systems that uses advanced artificial intelligence applications. This came in conjunction with the launch of the 42nd version of the ‘Big 5’ exhibition, the largest and most influential building and construction show in the Middle East, which is being held from 12 to 15 September 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre. 

The importance of the ‘Big 5’ exhibition, which is specialized in the building and construction sector and launched with the participation of more than 1,200 exhibitors from around 50 countries this year, stems from its in-depth discussions of the radical changes left by the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy in general and the building and construction sector in particular.

The exhibition discusses the changing economic landscapes, business promotions, launching of latest construction and sustainability solutions, educating industry professionals, promoting best practices in line with technological innovations, and enabling industry professionals to review products from around the world.

Empower highlighted that district cooling has a close relationship with the construction industry. Energy efficiency of the district cooling systems depends on the innovative designs used in buildings and materials. 


Empower stressed that the ‘Owner’s Guide for buildings served by District Cooling’ and the updated edition of the ‘District Cooling Guide’ for designers and building owners around the world that were launched in collaboration with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), provide information that contributes to the design of environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings that can incorporate district cooling systems.

The ‘Owner’s Guide for buildings served by District Cooling’ is a useful reference for building owners and designers. It includes information on selecting the design consultant, maintenance, existing buildings, design faults, and other system constraints. This manual also includes research and case studies on performance issues.


The second updated edition of the ‘District Cooling Guide’ for designers and building owners around the world also provides guidance, and additional information on how to make improvements in cooling systems, the integration of thermal storage in the district cooling system, as well as information on operations and maintenance. These case studies also help operators to ensure systems work as planned.

“The Big 5 is a great opportunity for developers and participants to learn about the latest technologies used in designing environmentally-friendly buildings, and space cooling services.” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.
Bin Shafar stressed that the exhibition sheds light on providing the best sustainable solutions, and promoting healthier and more sustainable environments. 

“The exhibition tackles the opportunities and the challenges facing by nations in the region who aim for a green transformation. It contributes to highlighting the importance of spreading awareness on environmentally-friendly services,” added Bin Shafar.

 “District cooling systems are sustainable solutions that contribute to the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings and increase their operational efficiency. They also play a key role in protecting the environment from carbon emissions,” noted Bin Shafar. Pointing to the need to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence applications, the CEO highlighted that Empower has developed its technologies and innovates solutions to implement the plan for the complete transformation into a green economy. The company has received IDEA Innovation Awards for the ‘360 Solution for Metering Artificial Intelligence, AIMS 360’ technology, the first of its kind in the field of district cooling, secure sustainable energy supply, and enhance efficiency, using AI technology to keep abreast of the global technological development in this sector. Empower has also adopted the ‘Energy Transfer Solution Flow Control Optimisation Using Statistical Process Control’ system.