5 reasons to attend MENA Green Building Congress 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

 

 

Taking place in Amman, the historic capital city of Jordan from 25 to 26 February, WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will bring together government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings to address the region’s environmental, economic and social challenges. WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines 5 reasons why this exclusive event is not to be missed.

 

Meet the movers and shakers of the green building movement in the Middle East and North Africa

With about 25 international and regional speakers, the conference will provide our attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest green building market developments, meet green building movement leaders and discuss opportunities for business or collaboration.

Currently, all nine of our member Green Building Councils (GBCs) in MENA have confirmed their participation. WorldGBC’s Chair Lisa Bate will be attending, together with our WorldGBC Global Project heads. In addition, we’ll have leading industry companies and individuals from 20 countries, including members of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board Saint Gobain, Signify and Majid Al Futtaim (who are sponsoring the event). We’ll also have representatives from EBRD, UN Habitat and many other international organisations. Don’t miss the exclusive opportunity to network with these important leaders.

 

Learn about the latest developments in the global green building movement

Four primary topics will be covered during this year’s MENA Green Building Congress: health and wellbeing, sustainable reconstruction and rehabilitation, advancing net zero buildings and how our industry can address embodied carbon. A carefully selected group of international and regional speakers will be answering questions such as: How do we make better, more sustainable places for people? Can we use human health as a tactic to improve the business case for green buildings? Is green building the key to generating sustainable recovery and rehabilitation in MENA conflict zones? What pathways must MENA countries take to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050? How can MENA countries tackle lifecycle emissions from buildings and construction? Join us to be part of the conversation.

 

 

Better grasp the concept of health and wellbeing in green buildings

Better Places for People is WorldGBC's largest global project, focused on demonstrating the human-centric co-benefits of a sustainable built environment, specifically around health and wellbeing. We believe that a message revolving around people, and their personal places and spaces, helps bring our message around green buildings to a wider audience. Active across 30 countries worldwide, the project has historically demonstrated the business case for green buildings, provided guidance for developers, owners and occupiers and worked to grow awareness of the importance of sustainability in the buildings industry. Come and learn why we’re using health and wellbeing as a tactic to advance the green building movement.

 

Be part of the discussion around sustainable and affordable reconstruction

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple, recent and ongoing conflicts. These countries also face severe levels of water stress and environmental degradation overlaid by climate change. Extreme temperatures coupled with lack of access to power are already exacerbating inequalities across the region. Reconstruction is likely to take place in a vacuum of environmental regulation, reducing countries’ long-term prospects for the inclusion of returnees, social stability and economic recovery.

Estimates suggest that over 560 billion USD will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there. Rebuilding allows the opportunity to benefit from the latest practices, materials and technologies adapted to a country’s specific climatic conditions and social fabric. WorldGBC's MENA Regional Network has commenced a project with Chatham House to develop internationally agreed guidelines and principles and the capacity to apply them within both the construction industry and donor and finance institutions is essential to raise the level of accountability in this area. Don’t miss the chance to be part of these critical discussions.

 

Visit Petra! 

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Located 240 km south of Amman, Petra is undoubtedly Jordan's greatest tourist attraction and is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices. Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city.

We will start our journey to Petra from Amman early in the evening on Tuesday 26 February when we’ll drive towards the Dana Biosphere Reserve to spend the night there and indulge in the scenic beauty and local culture. Early on Wednesday morning (27 February), we will head towards Petra where we’ll try to understand how sustainability was an important aspect in the Nabataean Arabs’ plans and designs. We look forward to you joining us on this adventure of discovery!

 

 

Mohammad Asfour is Regional Head of WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Network, active across nine countries.

MENA Green Building Congress 2019 is hosted by the World Green Building Council with support from Jordan Green Building Council, and is sponsored by Majid Al Futtaim, a Regional Partner for WorldGBC's MENA Regional Network.

MENA Green Building Congress is hosted under the patronage of prime minister of Jordan HE. Dr Omar Al-Razazz

 

Register here for MENA Green Building Congress 2019

 

(Below): WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour discusses the concept of green buildings and the upcoming MENA Green Building Congress 2019 on Al-Mamlakah TV in Jordan, 5 February 2019.

 

 

 

Taking place in Amman, the historic capital city of Jordan from 25 to 26 February, WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will bring together government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings to address the region’s environmental, economic and social challenges. WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines 5 reasons why this exclusive event is not to be missed.

 

Meet the movers and shakers of the green building movement in the Middle East and North Africa

With about 25 international and regional speakers, the conference will provide our attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest green building market developments, meet green building movement leaders and discuss opportunities for business or collaboration.

Currently, all nine of our member Green Building Councils (GBCs) in MENA have confirmed their participation. WorldGBC’s Chair Lisa Bate will be attending, together with our WorldGBC Global Project heads. In addition, we’ll have leading industry companies and individuals from 20 countries, including members of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board Saint Gobain, Signify and Majid Al Futtaim (who are sponsoring the event). We’ll also have representatives from EBRD, UN Habitat and many other international organisations. Don’t miss the exclusive opportunity to network with these important leaders.

 

Learn about the latest developments in the global green building movement

Four primary topics will be covered during this year’s MENA Green Building Congress: health and wellbeing, sustainable reconstruction and rehabilitation, advancing net zero buildings and how our industry can address embodied carbon. A carefully selected group of international and regional speakers will be answering questions such as: How do we make better, more sustainable places for people? Can we use human health as a tactic to improve the business case for green buildings? Is green building the key to generating sustainable recovery and rehabilitation in MENA conflict zones? What pathways must MENA countries take to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050? How can MENA countries tackle lifecycle emissions from buildings and construction? Join us to be part of the conversation.

 

 

Better grasp the concept of health and wellbeing in green buildings

Better Places for People is WorldGBC's largest global project, focused on demonstrating the human-centric co-benefits of a sustainable built environment, specifically around health and wellbeing. We believe that a message revolving around people, and their personal places and spaces, helps bring our message around green buildings to a wider audience. Active across 30 countries worldwide, the project has historically demonstrated the business case for green buildings, provided guidance for developers, owners and occupiers and worked to grow awareness of the importance of sustainability in the buildings industry. Come and learn why we’re using health and wellbeing as a tactic to advance the green building movement.

 

Be part of the discussion around sustainable and affordable reconstruction

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple, recent and ongoing conflicts. These countries also face severe levels of water stress and environmental degradation overlaid by climate change. Extreme temperatures coupled with lack of access to power are already exacerbating inequalities across the region. Reconstruction is likely to take place in a vacuum of environmental regulation, reducing countries’ long-term prospects for the inclusion of returnees, social stability and economic recovery.

Estimates suggest that over 560 billion USD will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there. Rebuilding allows the opportunity to benefit from the latest practices, materials and technologies adapted to a country’s specific climatic conditions and social fabric. WorldGBC's MENA Regional Network has commenced a project with Chatham House to develop internationally agreed guidelines and principles and the capacity to apply them within both the construction industry and donor and finance institutions is essential to raise the level of accountability in this area. Don’t miss the chance to be part of these critical discussions.

 

Visit Petra! 

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Located 240 km south of Amman, Petra is undoubtedly Jordan's greatest tourist attraction and is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices. Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city.

We will start our journey to Petra from Amman early in the evening on Tuesday 26 February when we’ll drive towards the Dana Biosphere Reserve to spend the night there and indulge in the scenic beauty and local culture. Early on Wednesday morning (27 February), we will head towards Petra where we’ll try to understand how sustainability was an important aspect in the Nabataean Arabs’ plans and designs. We look forward to you joining us on this adventure of discovery!

 

 

Mohammad Asfour is Regional Head of WorldGBC’s MENA Regional Network, active across nine countries.

MENA Green Building Congress 2019 is hosted by the World Green Building Council with support from Jordan Green Building Council, and is sponsored by Majid Al Futtaim, a Regional Partner for WorldGBC's MENA Regional Network.

MENA Green Building Congress is hosted under the patronage of prime minister of Jordan HE. Dr Omar Al-Razazz

 

Register here for MENA Green Building Congress 2019

 

(Below): WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour discusses the concept of green buildings and the upcoming MENA Green Building Congress 2019 on Al-Mamlakah TV in Jordan, 5 February 2019.