QGBC signs Chartered Institute of Building MoU
Qatar body joins hands with UK institute to advance sustainability
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK-based Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for close cooperation between the two organisations.
Under the agreement, the groups plan to raise the profile of professional construction management in Qatar and to promote awareness of key issues concerning sustainability in the built environment.
"QGBC is committed to establishing best practice in sustainable building and we embrace the opportunity to work with organisations that lead best practice in the construction industry,” said Eng. Rasha Khamis Al-Sulaiti, vice chairman of QGBC and PM for the Qatar Foundation's Capital Projects.
“By combining our local expertise with the sizeable experience that the Chartered Institute of Building possesses in the field, stretching back more than a century, this MoU opens the door for powerful collaboration.”
In addition to developing joint research and educational studies in the field of sustainable building, the MoU paves the way for QGBC and the CIOB to jointly design environmentally-friendly projects.
"Our shared vision for mobilising the construction industry to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact, while technically empowering our members to lead this transformation, holds great potential for Qatar and the region.”
“I look forward to the innovative initiatives that this MoU will undoubtedly inspire."
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the CIOB trains and certifies specialists working in the international construction industry. Similar to QGBC, its members include consultants, contractors and managers from backgrounds including regulation, research, education and sustainability.
With 48,000 certified members worldwide, the CIOB's strategy includes close collaboration with construction companies, governmental bodies, and universities that teach construction management.
"Professionalising the workforce is fundamental and that means not just building green today but raising the standards for tomorrow. By signing this MoU with the Qatar Green Building Council we aim to better enable the sharing of knowledge and expertise through our networks,” said Bridge Bartlett, chief operating officer at the CIOB.
The institute has instigated a number of green initiatives in recent years, including its Carbon Action 2050 project, a free online tool that provides guidance on every facet of a building's life cycle.
The CIOB also strictly adheres to the Global Reporting Initiative - a project that develops applicable sustainability guidelines, to manage its own carbon emissions.