the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) sponsored and organized between 20 and 21 September (the Second Scientific Forum in the field of air quality and energy efficiency in collaboration with EnerTech for training and management consulting and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers - Kuwait Branch (ASHRAE-Kuwait Chapter).
The event was attended by around 30 engineers, specialists, and individuals interested in air quality and energy efficiency from the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait Oil Company, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, and the Australian University of Kuwait, in addition to a number of private sector companies. The event consisted of two workshops presented by two internationally renowned experts in the field.
The first workshop entitled (Internal and External Air Quality) presented by Dr. Chandra Sekhar from Singapore University, outlined the requirements, conditions and procedures associated with the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE 62.1 -2013), while the second workshop entitled (Energy Conservation Standards in High-rise Buildings - Standard 90.1-2013 ASHRAE), presented by Dr. Joseph Deringer from the Institute for Sustainable Performance of Buildings in the United States of America
The Director of Research at the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences, Dr. Essam al-Sayed Omar said that the reason behind KFAS interest in the topics of this forum lies in being a national priority. He pointed out the number of challenges faced by the State of Kuwait in the fields of energy and environment.
- al-Sayed Omar expounded on these challenges and cited that the per capita consumption of electricity in Kuwait is among the highest in the world and its and it stands at about 14,000 KWh/per capita/year and that such consumption is likely to increase as witnessed by the staggering rate of 7% increase in the demand for electricity each year. A situation that would require constant expansion and addition in the number of new power plants to generate more electricity in an attempt to raise the capacity of the existing power plants currently gauged with a combined capacity of 15,000 MW.
The Director of Research at the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences stated that buildings’ consumption amounts to more than 60% of the electricity demand because of the heavy usage of the air conditioning systems, which run around the clock during the long summer season. He added that focus has shifted since 1983 with the introduction of codes and standards the construction industry is abiding with to conserve energy in buildings.
The Director reminded the Forum that Kuwait has surpassed other neighborhood Arab countries in this area by issuing the first edition of these standards as a result of the research and studies conducted by KFAS in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity and Water. He added that the construction code manual has been updated in 2010 and 2013 and the Ministry of Electricity and Water has issued the last updated version in 2014.
Dr, al-Sayed Omar pointed out that the air quality in and around buildings and facilities, especially those related to the health and well-being and comfort of the residents of such buildings, is a very important aspect to tackle to improve indoor air quality in these buildings and reduce pollutants.
He announced that there is an ongoing cooperation between the Foundation and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and their relationship will be cemented by a memorandum of understanding which aims to promote and support collaboration to achieve their mutual objectives. The MoU will be signed during the Regional Council conference of the American Society, which will be held at the end of this month in Thailand.