Monday, January 8, 2024

Philippines bagged Silver Pencil Award in 3rd Midea International HVAC Design Contest

“As an advocate for sustainable development, we have always been active in pursuing innovations for green buildings. We are very honored to receive the Silver Pencil Award as we continue to strive and set a benchmark for the real estate industry, demonstrating that the fusion of urban living and nature can lead to outstanding sustainable development.” ~Engr. Edwin Raganit, Chief Mechanical Engineer

Following extensive deliberation and fierce competition over several months, DCCD Engineering Corporation, a leading engineering firm in the Philippines, achieved success in the 3rd Midea International HVAC Design Contest. Outshining 183 entries from 8 different countries, the firm's Ayala North Exchange project was honored with the Silver Pencil Award, recognizing its outstanding project design and remarkable innovation in the field of heating, ventilation, and air cooling (HVAC) systems during this prestigious competition.

Under the theme "Ensoul Building," the Midea HVAC Design Contest, now in its third year, is based on the concept that the "building is the carrier of life, and life is the soul of the building." Since its inception in China in 2002, the Midea International HVAC Design Contest has evolved into a highly influential and representative event within the country's HVAC industry.

The winning submission from DCCD Engineering Corp., a prominent two-tower office complex, boasts a combined Gross Leasable Area of around 56,000 square meters, strategically located in the heart of the Makati Central Business District. Chief Mechanical Engineer Engr. Edwin Raganit led the victorious team, overseeing the project's development as the head designer. Specifically tailored for both Multi-National and Business Process Outsourcing companies, these office towers are part of a mixed-use development that includes a retail podium featuring 10,000 square meters of restaurants and shopping spaces, along with the addition of the 312-room Seda Hotel.

Other recognitions included the Gold Pencil Award, Bronze Pencil Award for the Professional Group, Excellent Design Award for the Distributor Group, and the Design Expert Award for the Student Group, which were awarded to Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, and Georgia respectively.

The entries were scored in terms of technical details, system design, work authenticity, and time validity. The judges also encouraged innovation and sustainability by evaluating the entries’ energy-saving reports and awarding extra points to works with green building certifications, a BMS system, or a BIM model. The global awards ceremony is set to be held in November in China which will see the international jury and top three winners of the Professional group attending.

The award-winning projects were chosen for their innovative designs that organically integrate life and building, have implemented the concept of sustainability while simultaneously providing a benchmark for the green, energy-saving, and intelligent development of the HVAC industry.

The Midea International HVAC Design Contest has attracted more than 80,000 participants, producing a host of design talents and outstanding energy-saving, low-carbon projects that the industry has recognized. In 2021, Midea Building Technologies expanded the contest to a global stage and has since hosted two sessions across Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Georgia. Over the years, the event has transformed into a festival for HVAC designers, professionals, and students. 

To join the initiative to create more breakthrough and sustainable building innovations, Midea Building Technologies has also dedicated a special site for the contest ( sharing competition updates, the latest HVAC industry news, and inspiration for participants.

About Midea Building Technology
Midea Building Technologies(MBT) Division is a key part of Midea Group, which strategically places its business concentration on the products, services, and comprehensive solutions of Intelligent Building including energy sources, elevators, control systems and heating, ventilation & air conditioning. Since 1999 Midea Building Technologies was established, it was the first to produce VRF in China and has kept enriching its solutions with various products and businesses. 

About Midea
Established in 1968, Midea is a publicly listed, and ranked as a Forbes Global Fortune 500 company (#253). Midea offers one of the most comprehensive ranges in the home appliance industry. Midea is headquartered in Southern China, but is a truly global company with over 150,000 employees and operations in more than 195 countries. Midea's brand promise is "to provide surprisingly-friendly solutions for the ones who treasure those tiny moments at home" and recently launched its new motto: "Midea - make yourself at home". Midea has also landed several high-profile projects, most recently the 2016 win to install sophisticated HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) solutions in all 12 stadiums for sports games in Brazil. Midea is a strong supporter of sport and the proud official sponsoring partner of FINA, the World's Swimming Federation. Midea is implementing its strategy to continue as a highly dynamic enterprise, with the aspiration for consistent growth that is characteristic of a world-class business.

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