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TRL releases guidebook on sustainability in Qatar

Targeting Qatar-based construction companies, the guidebook was produced in close collaboration with Qatar Standards.

The recently launched manual was produced in a collaboration project between TRL and Qatar Standards, as well as Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar University.
The recently launched manual was produced in a collaboration project between TRL and Qatar Standards, as well as Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar University.

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Qatar Standards have launched a guidebook aimed at support recently launched sustainability initiatives by the Qatar government.

Aptly titled Recycled Aggregate in Construction – Qatar Experience, the guidebook highlights the various practices and construction standards as required for the development of green buildings.

The recently launched manual was produced in a collaboration project between TRL and Qatar Standards, as well as Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Qatar University.

The 225-page book includes data from across the construction industry of Qatar, the impact of recycling initiatives, case studies of sustainability practices, as well as guidelines for codes of practice in tackling construction waste.

Dr. Khaled Hassan, country director, TRL, shared: “The findings mentioned in this book show that recycled aggregates are significantly cheaper than imported ones - and raising awareness about this and promoting the wider use of recycled aggregates is very critical.”

He added: “TRL is committed to both increasing awareness of this new development and helping local companies in their move to the production of recycled aggregates that comply with new standards and guidelines. To help those companies looking to make the move, we will be offering independent audits to check the quality of the materials before Qatar Standards certification.”

Elsewhere, Qatar's Ministry of Municipality and Environment is also set to publish its own findings with a report titled Recycling in Construction - Qatar Experience.

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