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Sustainability tops Big 5 agenda

by CW staff on Oct 19, 2008


Developer of Palm Jumeriah, Nakheel, has its own dedicated environmental and sustainability department.
Developer of Palm Jumeriah, Nakheel, has its own dedicated environmental and sustainability department.

The Big 5 show will see the introduction of a unique programme to make it easier for specifiers, contractors and developers to source sustainable and environmentally-friendly building products and services for their upcoming projects.

The show has launched a number of new features to support green building initiatives and benchmarks for sustainable development in the GCC countries as well as the wider Middle East and North Africa.

“With the rulers of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai issuing directives for all new buildings to comply with internationally recognised green building standards, the UAE is taking a regional lead in sustainability in future developments,” said Simon Mellor, vice president, Construction for dmg world media, The Big 5 organisers.

In support of these initiatives, visitors to The Big 5 will be able to source green building materials and solutions from among 2900 exhibitors.

Visitors will be able to source products via a simple green product directory published within the official show catalogue.

In addition the launch of The Big 5 Gaia Awards will provide a showcase for leading green products and services, the first of its kind in the region.  

All products and services exhibiting at this year’s event are eligible to enter the awards.

A judging panel, comprising senior individuals from local developers, contractors and the government, has been assembled with the support of Ecospecifier International.  The showcase is expected to feature over of 30 leading products and services.

The green directory and Gaia awards have been developed with the support of Ecospecifier International a leading authority on verifying environmental claims and assessing lifecycle impacts of green building products and construction materials.

David Baggs, technical director and principal consultant for Ecospecifier International said, “The new standards are there to assist companies in the UAE to deliver best practice, measurable against internationally accepted benchmarks.

Ecospecifier is assisting in the implementation of the directives of the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai by simplifying the selection process and improving the quality of information about green materials.”

Mellor added: “The UAE has gained international recognition with its rapid economic growth and iconic real estate developments and it will soon be a leading country in green building and sustainability. The UAE has the opportunity to show how a country can grow quickly and in a sustainable manner.”
 



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