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Danube to launch green products at Big 5

by Matt Warnock on Oct 14, 2009

Frank Owens: 'contractors cannot fulfil consultant specification if the materials are not available on ground'.
Frank Owens: 'contractors cannot fulfil consultant specification if the materials are not available on ground'.

Danube Building Materials has underlined its "commitment to sustainability" with a series of launches in support of the Dubai Municipality’s ‘Green building codes’ campaign.

The company has announced that the GCC’s first whitewood and hardwood timber products to comply entirely with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) will be launched at the Big 5 show in Dubai in November.

“No matter what policies exist, contractors cannot fulfil consultant specification if the materials are not available on ground, said Danube’s product manager of hardwood timber Frank Owens.

“As the largest building materials company in the Middle East, we have invested in making green products such as certified hardwood and whitewood timber available in the GCC region, and we intend to use our extensive presence throughout the region to enable project managers to turn green policies from theory into practice,” said Frank Owens, Product Manger of Hardwood Timber, Danube Building Materials.

Danube reported that the number of inquiries for FSC and PEFC timber from its customers has increased of late, prompting the introduction of materials certified by FSC and PEFC – independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisations that promote sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification.

“In addition, we have been engaged in ongoing discussion with Dubai Municipality on how to best formulate and implement ‘green’ building codes to ensure a positive effect on the environment,” added Owens.

“The whole idea of ‘green’ building is to invest a little more in the design and materials phase of production and get a larger return on the investment over the long term as reduced energy consumption translates into significant yearly savings.”

Danube claimed that it was also making a “special effort” to meet and educate consultants specifying new projects, so that they understand the availability implications of the certified products.

“As more organisations recognise and embrace this concept, we are seeing a sizable increase in the number of firms significantly involved in ‘green’ building projects as well as ‘green’ accredited building professionals. While projects in progress for which green building products were not specified will be completed as usual, our focus is to steer future projects towards green materials through education,” concluded Owens.


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