Event Information

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Grosvenor House

Dubai, UAE




2014 Speakers

  • Holley Chant, Executive Director- Sustainability, KEO International Consultants
  • George Kenich, General Manager- MEP Division, Al Futtaim Engineering
  • Daniel Palmer, Sustainable Planning Manager, Hyder Consulting
  • Gus Schellekens, Director, Sustainability and Change Team, PWC
  • Andrew Halycz, Building Physicist, KEO International Consultants
  • Cara Tissandier, Middle East Sustainability Group Principal, Hoare Lea
  • Omar Magdy, Senior BIM Engineer, CCC
  • Abeer Manneh, Urban Designer and Architect, Woods Baggot
  • Ali Al Suwaidi, Vice President, Idama Facilities Management Group
  • Tibor Kovats, Director of Planning – Middle East, Hyder Consulting
  • Chris Wan, Senior Manager- Design Management, Masdar City
  • Nadine Bitar, Managing Director, Placemaking


The Construction Week Building Sustainability Summit brought together sustainability professionals, architects, consultants and government representatives at the Westin Golf Resort and Spa on the 12th November 2014. The conference commenced with a speech from the conference chairman, Holley Chant, the Executive Director- Sustainability at KEO International Consultants.

We then moved on to our first panel discussion of the day to discuss and highlight the initiatives undertaken in UAE to drive implementation of sustainable building practices.  Panellists included George Kenich, the General Manager- MEP Division of Al Futtaim Engineering, Daniel Palmer, Sustainable Planning Manager at Hyder Consulting and Gus Schellekens, Director, Sustainability and Change Team at PWC.

After the first coffee break, the next session of the day commenced with a presentation on application of BIM in sustainable planning and construction. The presentation was a case study on BIM implementation in the Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal expansion project which was done by Omar Magdy, Senior BIM Engineer at CCC. This presentation was highly appreciated by the audience which was evident from the multiple questions that followed.

We then moved on to analysing importance of retrofitting and whether it is a realistic option in UAE to enhance sustainability of existing buildings. This panel was joined by Cara Tissandier, Middle East Sustainability Group Principal, Hoare Lea, Abeer Manneh, Urban Designer and Architect, Woods Baggot and Andrew Halycz, Building Physicist at KEO International Consultants.

After lunch, Ali Al Suwaidi, the Vice President of Idama Facilities Management Group and Board Member of Middle East Facilities Management Association did a presentation on sustainability in future cities. His presentation cited examples of sustainability initiatives and building practices adopted in recently completed and upcoming projects in UAE. He also shared how it is important for the project owners to support sustainable building practices.

The last and the final session of the day was on sustainability in urban communities. The panel discussed the latest design methodologies and technologies that can be applied to facilitate sustainable urban planning. Panellists included Tibor Kovats, Director of Planning – Middle East at Hyder Consulting; Chris Wan, Senior Manager- Design Management at Masdar City and Nadine Bitar, Managing Director at Placemaking.

The Building Sustainability Summit 2014 allowed attendees to walk away confident that the construction sector is moving forward, and results are being seen from concrete sustainability initiatives.


The Construction Week Sustainability Conference brings together the cream of the region’s construction community. Attendance is by invitation only and will represent the decision makers leading the Middle East and shaping the sector’s future.

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Ali Al Suwaidi

Chris Wan

Gus Schellekens

Nadine Bitar

Thom Bohlen