Hyder launches sustainability group

Hyder Consulting Middle East has launched the Regional Sustainable Design Group. The Group has been established in response to market demands and consists of professionals from wide-ranging disciplines, including sustainable design engineers, a LEED accredited professional and specialists.

Hyder Consulting Middle East has launched the Regional Sustainable Design Group. The Group has been established in response to market demands and consists of professionals from wide-ranging disciplines, including sustainable design engineers, a LEED accredited professional and specialists. Stephen Oehme will be the regional director of the Group. Based in Dubai, it will provide services throughout the Middle East.

"There are an increasing number of projects within the Middle East that now require sustainable design solutions. The Group has been set up to offer a service to satisfy our client needs and help curtail climate change activities," explained Bill Jolly, principal sustainability consultant MEP, Hyder Consulting Middle East.

The Group intends to implement a range of solutions to provide low carbon buildings, including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, vapour absorption chillers, grey water harvesting, combined heat and power (CHP) and wind turbines.

"The primary factor is to reduce the energy demand from the building. The MEP services play a major role and consultants should consider reducing this demand. An holistic design approach is fundamental to assist this design process. MEP service engineers need to become more dynamic with system selection and be focused on energy efficiency during detailed design," stressed Jolly.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi during October, Oehme stressed the need to prepare buildings for the future markets: "A building designed today will not be completed for two to four years, meaning that the current focus on sustainability will create significant and clearly identifiable differences to buildings that are of the ‘new' breed and the ones that are not," said Oehme.

"The developers not in touch with the risks and opportunities associated with sustainability are going to be hit hard by the direct financial consequences," he added.

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