Manama, May 15 (BNA): The Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) held a specialized panel discussion on thermal insulation at its premises in Umm Al Hassam.
EWA Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa said that they pay great attention to hearing the views of their partners such as concerned ministries, engineering offices and others. This is in line with the government's efforts to increase the efficiency of buildings.
Shaikh Nawaf spoke about the EWA’s investment in the purchase of devices to strengthen the control of the local market and verify the values of thermal conductivity of building materials. He also stressed the importance of the efficiency and performance of buildings and evaluating them professionally.
The workshop was attended by more than 70 engineers representing engineering offices and relevant ministries in addition to officials and employees of the EWA.
The meeting included a presentation by the EWA’s Electricity and Water Conservation Department, which spoke of a road map towards implementing the amended thermal insulation regulations, which will come into force in March 2019.
The presentation also dealt with the most key features of the regulation and its impact on energy reduction and the procedures of the body followed in the examination and control on the application of thermal insulation in buildings.
The meeting also included a presentation by Red Tractable Consulting Company, commissioned by the EWA to conduct a study on thermal insulation in buildings in Bahrain.
The presentation dealt with the results of the study and the optimum values of the heat transfer coefficient for walls and ceilings in addition to the technical specifications of the glass and the availability of materials and systems of heat insulation in the market.
According to the revised regulation, the values of thermal conductivity (U-Value) were changed from 0.75 to 0.57 for walls, 0.6 to 0.3 for ceilings, and for glass values.
It is worth mentioning that the EWA holds specialized workshops for engineering offices on thermal insulation periodically and aims to rehabilitate the engineering and consulting offices to work on the implementation of the procedures and regulations for heat insulation in the air-conditioned buildings.
The use of thermal insulation in buildings is one of the most feasible ways to contribute to the maintenance of electricity and reduce consumption, especially in our atmosphere, which is characterized by high temperature during the summer, as the use of thermal insulation in buildings can save large amounts of electricity.