QGBC participates in EGBC Annual Congress in Dubai
QGBC uses event to meet and discuss projects with MENA counterparts
A delegation from the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) participated in the Emirates Green Building Council’s (EGBC) second Annual Congress held in Dubai from December 11-12, 2013.
The team used the event to meet with their regional counterparts and showcase their Passivhaus ‘Baytna’ project.
The delegation discussed potential collaborations on projects and events with its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and also engaged in a round table discussion about the green building movement in the Middle East and North Africa region.
"The round table discussion was hugely valuable," said Eng. Meshal Al Shamari, director, QGBC. "We shared each country's achievements in the hope of finding good examples that could be replicated in other countries.”
“We also discussed legislation, subsidy, education and financial incentives in order to find the one area that would benefit most from the sustainable building sector,” he said. “And finally, we looked to the future as well as the important developments for our industry in 2014."
During the event, the QGBC team also delivered a presentation about their Passivhaus 'Baytna' Project. With partners, Kahramaa and Barwa Real Estate, the Passivhaus study seeks to establish if an eco-friendly villa can be a viable building option.
Through the construction and subsequent operation of a Passivhaus villa and a Business As Usual (BAU) villa, the project's initial data showed a small increase in capital cost during construction of the Passivhaus compared with a BAU villa, offset against a 50% reduction in water and energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Al Shamari said: "The EGBC Congress once again succeeded in facilitating a platform for us as a region to address the pressing issues around green standards to determine what is needed to grow the sustainable building sector.”
“With the UAE hosting the World Expo in 2020 and Qatar the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the demands on materials alongside a region-wide focus on infrastructure makes it an optimum time to address green building in our region," he added.
Under the theme, 'Building a Green Future', the EGBC Congress is dedicated to fostering industry dialogue and engagement to further influence sustainable practice in the built environment.