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Air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation and building services industries (ACREX) showcased latest innovations and technological innovations for energy efficiency and sustainable development in the build environment in Mumbai.

ACREX India was held from February 17-20, 2010, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. The Exposition, the fourteenth in the series, was organised by the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), which is the largest national body of engineering professionals connected with the Indian HVAC&R industry.

ACREX INDIA 2010 event brought together leading companies and technologies focusing on energy-efficiency, indoor air quality and innovation, with products and services that are sustainable.

ISHRAE’s various forums propagated the use of products systems and technologies best suited for the Indian environment. ISHRAE closely interacts with the government and industry in the formulation and implementation of codes and standards, said MP Agarwal, national president, ISHRAE.

A C Suri, chief engineer – West, CPWD, Government of India spoke said that the CPWD has implemented guidelines for the installation and operation of energy efficient government buildings across India.

Engineering students from ISHRAE student chapters across India conducted a survey of over 500 buildings across India to benchmark buildings as per the energy conservation building code formulated by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), said Sanjay Seth, energy economist, BEE.
He said that commercial buildings in India consume more than 40 per cent of the energy produced.

The code is the only ray of hope for the impending energy crisis in India and this can be addressed with the needed upgradations in terms of energy efficiency in buildings, building design practices and awareness of energy conservation, said Pankaj Dharkar, India’s leading HVAC consultants and ex-president of ISHRAE.

This code will work towards bringing in newer products, improved designs with innovations to improve indoor air quality and sustained green environment.

Dharkar also highlighted the laudable efforts of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a division of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote a certification programme to rate green buildings under the LEED rating system.

India is facing challenges in combating climate change and the availability of cheap and clean energy, Ramachandran, president ISHRAE Mumbai chapter.

Vikram Murthy , national secretary, ISHRAE said that energy saved today can be used tomorrow.

ACREX INDIA 2010, which is Asia’s largest international exhibition and conference catering to air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation & building services industry is organised by ISHRAE, with more than 8000 members and endorsed by ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Airconditioning Engineers, with over 55000 Members, and supported by IGBC, BEE; RAMA, the Refrigeration & Airconditioning Manufacturers Association, amongst others.

The exhibition and the concurrent technical workshops proved to be excellent networking opportunity for exhibitors, visitors and workshop delegates.

Another attraction of the event was the awards of excellence for categories such as energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, and green & sustainable.

Facts

  • Exhibitors showcased products conforming to the Energy Conservation Building Code, 2007 of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
  • Solar Energy for Air-conditioning featured by Mamata Energy, Ahmedabad.
  • The Indian Green Building Council (CII organisation) and BEE are both supporting agencies that influence the development of the Industry and its products.
  • ASHRAE (The American Society, with 55 000 members) endorsed ACREX for the first time with an active contribution to workshops, seminars and overall promotion.
  • A concurrent architects forum for discussion was scheduled to promote close cooperation with exhibitors and their systems.

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