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500 delegates to attend Green Buildings event

Dubai, April 24, 2013

More than 100 exhibitors and 500 delegates will participate in Green Buildings Expo 2014, the region’s biggest conference & exhibition for sustainable solutions in the built environment, set to take place at the Doha Exhibition Centre

The Gulf Organisation for Research and Development, (Gord), the authority for knowledge on sustainability in the Mena region, said the event will provide a global platform for construction, infrastructure, engineering, education and research institutions to exchange products and ideas in the sustainability sphere to collaboratively address the specific needs of the region.  

Exhibitors and delegates will include government officials, opinion leaders, company presidents, CEOs and senior officers, civil engineers, architects, academia and construction industry practitioners from across the globe, with participation from governmental and semi-government institutions responsible for capital projects and organisations.

IFP Qatar is the official organiser of the event.

Dr Yousef Al Horr, founding chairman, Gord, said: “Qatar has shown firm commitment towards sustainability, in line with the directions of the Emir and the Qatar National Vision 2030. The expo is yet another initiative in our pursuit to position “Qatar, the capital of green”. It will reinforce Qatar’s global role in promoting sustainability.”

“Opening an international dialogue on green-building practices will influence the business decisions pertaining to the planning, procurement and implementation phases of any project.”

“Qatar has demonstrated a solid commitment to sustainability, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 that outlines a shift from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a knowledge-based model.  Connecting academia with businesses promises such a grassroots-change that will bring in sustainability right from the outset and provide megaprojects with sustainable foundations,” Al Horr said.

The Green Buildings Exhibition will showcase industry-leading product portfolios and technologies for sustainable design, construction and the built-environment, including energy and water saving equipment and products, waste management methodologies, pollution-control and safety, security & disaster prevention among others.

Experts will provide information, comparative analysis and demonstration of these products. The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to network and grow businesses, a statement from the organisers said.

Through the expo,  in addition to setting benchmarks for sustainable building best practices, Gord is also establishing a platform for industry stakeholders to learn more about both locally developed and  global green solutions.

The Sustainable Built Environment Conference for academics will encapsulate global best-practice in sustainability. The conference will provide a speaking platform featuring policy-makers, professors and authors providing thought leadership, and promoting sustainable business strategies, products and practices.

“We invite academics, scientists, industry practitioners and the student community to collaborate and share knowledge and expertise and experiences in sustainability to develop effective solutions that address key environmental challenges,” Al Horr said.

“Further to the last edition that centred on global sustainability assessment system (GSAS), we have made several advancements in the construction sector, especially around the processes surrounding procurement and installation of sustainable products.”

“Following the government mandate on GSAS and the wide reach of our training workshops, we are proud to have achieved as much as 95 per cent GSAS – Certified Green Professionals’ (GSAS-CGP) accreditation in Qatar’s currently active construction developments. Megaprojects such as Lusail City are already benefitting from our incentive-based star-rating under GSAS, a reflection of the successful realisation of our sustainability goals.”

Leading academicians, sustainability researchers and green-building champions will be acknowledged for their contributions at the Sustainability Awards ceremony. These are independent prizes that recognise research, innovation and achievement in tackling the sustainable development challenges facing the regional construction industry, the statement saifd.

The three-day expo will build an association of local, regional and international partnerships spanning government, industry and professional stakeholders, in ensuring that sustainability in the built environment is the central pillar of  Qatar’s long-term goals.

“Our centres of excellence, including GSAS Trust GSAS Academy, GSAS Institute and Gord Consult have been reaching industry stakeholders across the MENA region and in key markets across the world, furthering our mission to offer new knowledge in sustainability and its applications, to empower the construction industry to address environmental challenges, and value and implement the concepts and strategies of sustainability. Through this expo we aim to attract the world’s top minds to convene across several disciplines and to foster meaningful dialogue between them,” Al Horr said.   

Green Buildings Expo will take place at the Doha Exhibition Centre, from January 28 to 30, 2014. - TradeArabia News Service




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