Key Topics

  • Oman’s energy-efficiency strategy, and how the community of VRF manufacturers and suppliers can substantially support and bolster countrywide decarbonisation efforts
  • The newly released ASHRAE Guideline 41 on design, installation and commissioning of VRF systems
  • Supporting the economy: How VRF manufacturers and suppliers can positively impact the measures being taken by owners of multi-profile buildings to lower the total cost of ownership
  • What the critical mass of low-rise buildings in the Sultanate means for the VRF industry
  • High-rises, high ambitions: Is there an effective strategy to supply cooling to tall buildings, some with cooling demand exceeding 100 tonnes of refrigeration? Strategies to overcome piping related challenges, plus space issues in accommodating outdoor units on rooftops. Would close collaboration, and taking a synergistic, integrated project delivery approach, involving architects, designers, installers, and manufacturers and suppliers of VRF systems from the pre-design stage of a project help in identifying and utilising dead space for locating condensing units?
  • The growing trend of connecting multiple apartments with one VRF condensing unit, in a bid to optimise costs
  • The competency achieved over the years in proper design and installation of VRF systems, and the bulking up of an ecosystem of VRF technology-familiar technicians
  • The availability of – and easy access to – onsite measurable performance data. The evaluation of performance of VRF systems in New Construction and retrofit projects
  • VRF systems and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) – thermal comfort through zone-based cooling, and acoustical comfort (sound levels less than 58 dBA)
  • VRF systems as allies in meeting LEED Silver and LEED Gold certification requirements relating to energy efficiency
  • Solar-powered VRF systems in the context of the Sultanate of Oman’s decision to equip Ministry buildings with solar panels in a move towards net-zero-energy buildings (nZEBs)
  • The availability of – and easy access to – onsite measurable performance data. The evaluation of performance of VRF systems in New Construction and retrofit projects
  • The progress with refrigerants further to Kigali and the call for low-GWP (400 or less) solutions