EGBC honours best practices in sustainability
The EGBC Awards 2014 were held on 11 June at Grosvenor House, Dubai
A total of seven awards for best practices in sustainable development were presented at this year’s edition of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) Awards, which were held last week on June 11th at the Windsor Ball Room at Grosvenor House, Dubai.
The EGBC Awards were presented in six categories, in addition to a student award, for best practices in the built environment relating to sustainable development projects, products and research. Saeed Al Abbar, chairman, EGBC and Jeffrey Willis, vice chairman, EGBC, presented the awards to the winners.
Commenting on the awards, Saeed Al Abbar said: “The quality of entries for the EGBC Awards 2014 underlines the significant investment and research undertaken by various organisations and individuals in the Middle East region on sustainable development.”
“The panel of judges who evaluated the entries has expressed their high appreciation for the innovative approaches adopted by the industry stakeholders in the region,” Al Abbar added. “We thank all our partners and participants for their support to EGBC Awards 2014.”
Included in the winners list for this year is The Change Initiative, which won awards in two categories, Green Building of the Year and Training Initiative of the Year.
Emaar Community Management won the award for Green Facility Management Organisation of the Year, while Johnson Controls Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Inc won the Green Building Material/Product of the Year for its York YVAA air-cooled variable speed screw chiller.
The award for ‘Green Building System of the Year’ was clinched by Royal City Contracting for a villa project in Al Warqa.
The British University in Dubai won the award for 'Green Building Research of Year' for its work on a project entitled, ‘Refurbishment of Federal Public Housing Villas in the UAE – Energy Savings and Economic Analysis’.
The 'Dr. Owainati Award for Students', sponsored by EGBC co-founder Dr. Sadek Owainati, which is awarded to a university student for exceptional research work on a subject related to green buildings in the Middle East, was won by Omair Awadh, a student of British University in Dubai, for his work on the impact of external shading and windows glazing and frame on thermal performance of residential buildings in Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the importance of the EGBC Awards, one of the judges, Dr. Ghalib Y. Kahwaji, professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department, Rochester Institute of Technology, said: “The effect of the built environment on the food production chain, water and air pollution is undeniable. The EGBC Awards is one more of the great initiatives of the UAE that will increase the awareness of the people and the industry about the importance of sustainable development in preserving resources for future generations.”
Al Abbar added: “We hope that the recognition will serve as an inspiration and the ideas presented will set a roadmap in our journey to achieve the green economy for sustainable development vision announced by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”
“The current dynamism and enthusiasm in creating and sustaining green building solutions will position the UAE and the MENA region at the forefront of the global initiatives to promote sustainable built environments for our future generations,” Al Abbar concluded.