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Focus on sustainability at Saudi lecture

by Gavin Gibbon on Sep 10, 2014


John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.

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More than 200 sustainability thought leaders, energy-efficiency experts and green building professionals from countries with emerging economies attended this week’s UTC Building & Industrial Systems Sustainability Lecture Series in Saudi Arabia.

The event featured presentations by experts in sustainable planning and construction, and also included green building training.

“Saudi Arabia has already shown strong interest in strengthening its green building presence. We hope our discussions here this week will help further drive advancements and shape the decisions made for years to come,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.

According to the Saudi Green Building Forum, investment in green building projects in the kingdom is set to exceed $26bn across 76 projects.

These projects include the King Abdullah Financial District, the world’s largest green building development, covering more than 1.6mn m2 of gross site area. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs is also planning to make at least 90,000 mosques across the kingdom eco-friendly, using various renewable energy sources.

Dr. Nils Kok, associate professor of finance and real estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, took a closer look at the economic implications of energy efficiency and sustainability in the commercial and residential property segments, with new data supporting higher rent rates for energy-efficient buildings.

Valentine A. Lehr, an expert in innovative high-rise construction, hotel design and master planning of mega-projects, discussed how trends in building construction affect building design and system selection, particularly in locations such as Saudi Arabia, where energy is plentiful and inexpensive.

Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series has reached more than 2,500 professionals through 21 events in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  



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