Gulf needs bigger focus on sustainability

Conference chairman explains need for more attention to sustainability

Chairman Michael Nates opens Building Sustainability conference.
Chairman Michael Nates opens Building Sustainability conference.

The Gulf region needs a bigger focus on sustainable construction, according to the chairman of CW's Building Sustainability conference, Michael Nates.

Opening the conference this morning, ACWA Power International's director said there needs to be an increase in the number of 'green' projects as well as more good practice example sharing.

He said: "Besides KAUST and Dubai, we don't have much to talk about in terms of LEED buildings.

"My question today is how do we get more LEED buildings and share experience of how we are developing them."

He added that another focus of the day would be to ask what the future holds for 2011 with regards to sustainable building.

"Obviously there are lots of opportunities here in Abu Dhabi with Estidama, but what about the rest of the Gulf and the UAE?"

The introduction was followed by a presentation by OGER International's environmental manager Nabil Boughnim on how KAUST was developed to be the first LEED ceritifed building in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as having the highest LEED rating in the world.

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