KSA supports green buildings: Jeddah municipality

Jeddah Municipality Mayor confirms KSA's commitment to green building

Sustainable products & technologies on show at The Big 5 Saudi 2013.
Sustainable products & technologies on show at The Big 5 Saudi 2013.

Opening The Big 5 Saudi 2013, Jeddah Municipality Mayor, Dr Hani Mohammad Aburas, further confirmed the country's commitment to green building and sustainable construction.

At the inauguration ceremony, he said: "We are optimistic that our country will continue leading the construction sector, because of the support given by the Saudi Government.

"Jeddah Municipality is working on a number of infrastructure and construction projects, and on making Jeddah a green city, therefore there is a focus on sustainability in all its future projects."

Green building and sustainable construction were discussed at The Big 5 KSA this week. The LEED workshop took place over two days, identified important components of the LEED ratings systems and provided participants with a greater understanding of how they can be applied in practice. It was facilitated by Mario Seneviratne, a LEED fellow and director of Green Technologies FZCO, who brought with him over 34 years of sustainable engineering experience.

Many of the event's exhibitors displayed their commitment to sustainable construction at the event, including Qatar Steel, which specialises in the manufacturing of direct reduction iron/hot briquetted iron, which contributes to the reduction of toxic emissions from the plant. In addition, German-based Henkel's products are made with the expectation that they should make a contribution to a sustainable development in at least one of its focal areas: energy & climate, water & wastewater, materials, health & safety or social progress.

Apricus Solar unveiled its latest range of flat plate collectors at the exhibition, with Andre Cossette showcasing its new 65dB sound barrier quality blocks.

The Big 5 Saudi's last day is today, Tuesday 12 March, at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, hosting more than 550 exhibitors from 36 countries.

 

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