IDEA Middle East Chapter to unveil First-Ever District Cooling Best Practice Guide


City Cool hosts 3rd International District Cooling Conference & Trade Show

International District Energy Association (IDEA) Middle East Chapter will release the first-ever District Cooling Best Practice Guide, a nearly 200-page comprehensive technical guidebook for district energy professionals around the world, during the 3rd International District Cooling Conference & Trade Show on 19-21 October 2008 at the Inter Continental Dubai Festival City.

In addition, dozens of industry leaders will provide presentations and panel discussions on important strategic issues such as water and power conservation technologies, construction techniques and more sustainable business solutions.

Hosted by City Cool, one of this year’s IDEA conference highlights will be the release of the Best Practice Guide representing thousands of man-hours of collective industry contributions and decades of practical business operations experience. Intended to be a guide book to the business of designing, constructing and operating a district cooling system, the Best Practice Guide is not just a series of technical codes and standards, but addresses the variety of challenges and opportunities involved in a complex and fast-moving industry. Other main features of the book also include system design, marketing and business development, permitting, construction, commissioning, operations, controls and optimisation of district cooling schemes.

“The Middle East is currently the largest market for district cooling in the world and has been growing at an astronomical pace. IDEA believes that the Middle Eastern market will soon overtake the North American market based on the overall cooling load and number and scale of district cooling facilities,” said Rita Chahoud, Executive Director, IDEA Middle East Chapter. “The region’s unprecedented growth is one of the driving forces for IDEA to produce the Best Practice Guide to support the district cooling industry in the Middle East.

“The current real estate boom and hot climate in this region are the main drivers behind such growth for district cooling technology. Presently, IDEA Middle East has more than 160 members and is growing quickly as well. The past two successful conferences held in the UAE have attracted hundreds of participants from more than 25 different countries,” Chahoud added.

IDEA Middle East Chapter has more than 160 members including representatives from Amana, City Cool, DC Pro Engineering, Evapco, FVB, Palm District Cooling, PAL Technologies, Perma Pipe, Stanley, Stellar, TAS, Trane, and Tabreed and its numerous subsidiaries.

About IDEA

The International District Energy Association, founded in Toledo, Ohio in the United States in 1909, serves as a vital information hub for the district energy and combined heat and power industries, connecting industry professionals and advancing the technology around the world for the past one hundred years. With headquarters just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, the IDEA has over 1000 members in 26 countries and hosts an Annual Conference & Trade Show, a Campus Energy Conference and an International District Cooling Conference every year, in addition to workshops focused on unique industry technical issues. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary year, IDEA supports the growth and utilization of district energy as a means to conserve fuel and increase energy efficiency to improve the global environment. More information is available on

For further information: Rita Chahoud, Executive Director, IDEA.,Tel: +971 4 3404422; Fax: +971 4 340; Email:


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