Emirates GBC Updates

Sunday 28th April 2013

Emirates Green Building Council will host its 2nd Annual EGBC Congress on 11-12 December 2013 in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the EGBC Congress will be “Building a Green Future”.    

The EGBC Congress is a landmark initiative dedicated to foster industry dialogue and engage multiple stakeholders to further influence sustainable practices in the built environment. The EGBC Congress will accelerate the activities, across the entire building supply chain, to work towards achieving the country’s vision of a Green Economy for Sustainable Development. The latest insights and innovations will be shared from local and international industry experts and the field’s foremost thinkers.  

The inaugural event in 2012 saw over 150 delegates, high profile guests and speakers.  This year’s Annual EGBC Congress is expected to be even bigger and draw even more recognition and media attention than before.  The EGBC Awards will also be launched for the first time at the 2013 Congress.  

We welcome you to be a part of this journey as we work towards a more sustainable UAE. EGBC congress will be held alongside the SB13 conference drawing academic research from Europe and beyond to the UAE. Special prices are available for those attending both conferences.

For more information on sponsorship or delegate registration please Visit EGBC website: http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/

 

Networking Event-ETICS, A Significant Contributor to  Building Energy Efficiency  in the Middle East – 7th May 2013

Globally, governments are increasingly focused on measures to save energy and protect the environment. In the UAE, the pace of infrastructure development is among the fastest anywhere in the world, and recently, a number of initiatives have been taken by regional authorities and industry leaders to improve the thermal efficiency of buildings. This presentation will focus on the significant role that wall insulation plays in the energy efficiency of buildings, comparing the different technologies available and highlighting the advantages and best practices of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) in creating perfect building envelopes. It will also address the importance and impact of choosing the right components for the enhanced durability and longevity of the system.

Keeping this in mind, EmiratesGBC is organizing a networking event on 7th May to throw some light on the industry, with guest speakers from DOW and Caparol.

For more information please Visit EGBC website: www.emiratesgbc.org

 

Recent Activity

Panel Session on Sustainable Housing – 23rd April 2013

Sustainable_Housing_1_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC recently hosted a panel session on sustainable housing. The concept of sustainable housing is an important part of the green building movement.  Sustainable housing is increasing in demand, yet a variety of challenges still limit the amount of sustainable housing available.  Several industrial professionals joined us to discuss this important topic. The guest panelists represented the building supply chain, including developers, consultants, architects and designers.

 

Earth Day – 22nd April 2013

Earth_Day_1_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC, in partnership with IMAX Meydan, EEG and EWS-WWF celebrated Earth Day in a special manner by screening a movie on Climate Change, named WILD OCEAN and was open for the public. It was attended by more than 600 people, who were given vivid insights into the annual migration of billions of sardines, up the South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Coast, detailing its human impact. The screening was also marked by an array of activities aimed at further strengthening awareness on the environment, as well as entertainment events. BGreen magazine (a sustainable magazine) distributed free copies of their publication, while Goumbook distributed free saplings as part of its ‘Plant a Tree’ programme. The Change Initiative conducted a raffle draw providing five winners with copies of their coffee-table book, ‘Alive,’ while Dubai Drums added to the excitement with community drumming sessions.

 

Supporting the WETEX and Eco Construct Expo

EGBC, with its aim to promote sustainability, supported several initiatives that took place in the region. WETEX in Dubai , 15th - 17th April 2013 and Cityscape Abu Dhabi, 16 – 18 April 2013 which was held parallel to EcoConstruct Expo in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. The exhibitions provided platforms for progressive organizations and professionals in the field of energy, water and environment management to share their ideas and discuss the latest technologies initiated in the environmental and sustainability fields. Parallel to the WETEX, Dubai Global Energy Forum took place, where Adnan Sharafi, EGBC Chairman, talked about “Greening the Existing Buildings”.

 

Green Building Tour and workshop organised at DEWA’s newly-opened sustainable building - April 16, 2013

Green_Building_Tour_7_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC teamed up with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to organise a green building tour of DEWA’s new sustainable building, for stakeholders from across the construction industry. the tour provided the participants with insights on the sustainability measures implemented by DEWA and the energy savings as a result of these path-breaking steps. DEWA's Sustainable Building is the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council, securing 98 out of 110 points.

 

 EGBC conducted a successful workshop in partnership with UPC - January 15, 2013

EmiratesGBC hosted a Stakeholder Workshop with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on 15th January 2013 in Abu Dhabi alongside the World Future Energy Summit. The workshop was a great success with almost 70 people participating in the interactive forum. The workshop focused on the proposed Contractor Credits, which are currently under development by Estidama. The aim of the Contractor Credits will be to further underpin the four pillars of Estidama with specific focus on incentivizing contractors. Contractor Credits would allow contractors to increase engagement with the existing Pearl rating systems (PCRS, PBRS and PVRS) with a view to improving a projects Pearl Rating at Construction Rating submission. UPC are currently engaging with key stakeholders in workshops and evaluating feedback, and this workshop allowed stakeholders an interactive opportunity to comment on the proposal.

Emirates Green Building Council will host its 2nd Annual EGBC Congress on 11-12 December 2013 in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the EGBC Congress will be “Building a Green Future”.    

The EGBC Congress is a landmark initiative dedicated to foster industry dialogue and engage multiple stakeholders to further influence sustainable practices in the built environment. The EGBC Congress will accelerate the activities, across the entire building supply chain, to work towards achieving the country’s vision of a Green Economy for Sustainable Development. The latest insights and innovations will be shared from local and international industry experts and the field’s foremost thinkers.  

The inaugural event in 2012 saw over 150 delegates, high profile guests and speakers.  This year’s Annual EGBC Congress is expected to be even bigger and draw even more recognition and media attention than before.  The EGBC Awards will also be launched for the first time at the 2013 Congress.  

We welcome you to be a part of this journey as we work towards a more sustainable UAE. EGBC congress will be held alongside the SB13 conference drawing academic research from Europe and beyond to the UAE. Special prices are available for those attending both conferences.

For more information on sponsorship or delegate registration please Visit EGBC website: http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/

 

Networking Event-ETICS, A Significant Contributor to  Building Energy Efficiency  in the Middle East – 7th May 2013

Globally, governments are increasingly focused on measures to save energy and protect the environment. In the UAE, the pace of infrastructure development is among the fastest anywhere in the world, and recently, a number of initiatives have been taken by regional authorities and industry leaders to improve the thermal efficiency of buildings. This presentation will focus on the significant role that wall insulation plays in the energy efficiency of buildings, comparing the different technologies available and highlighting the advantages and best practices of External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) in creating perfect building envelopes. It will also address the importance and impact of choosing the right components for the enhanced durability and longevity of the system.

Keeping this in mind, EmiratesGBC is organizing a networking event on 7th May to throw some light on the industry, with guest speakers from DOW and Caparol.

For more information please Visit EGBC website: www.emiratesgbc.org

 

Recent Activity

Panel Session on Sustainable Housing – 23rd April 2013

Sustainable_Housing_1_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC recently hosted a panel session on sustainable housing. The concept of sustainable housing is an important part of the green building movement.  Sustainable housing is increasing in demand, yet a variety of challenges still limit the amount of sustainable housing available.  Several industrial professionals joined us to discuss this important topic. The guest panelists represented the building supply chain, including developers, consultants, architects and designers.

 

Earth Day – 22nd April 2013

Earth_Day_1_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC, in partnership with IMAX Meydan, EEG and EWS-WWF celebrated Earth Day in a special manner by screening a movie on Climate Change, named WILD OCEAN and was open for the public. It was attended by more than 600 people, who were given vivid insights into the annual migration of billions of sardines, up the South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Coast, detailing its human impact. The screening was also marked by an array of activities aimed at further strengthening awareness on the environment, as well as entertainment events. BGreen magazine (a sustainable magazine) distributed free copies of their publication, while Goumbook distributed free saplings as part of its ‘Plant a Tree’ programme. The Change Initiative conducted a raffle draw providing five winners with copies of their coffee-table book, ‘Alive,’ while Dubai Drums added to the excitement with community drumming sessions.

 

Supporting the WETEX and Eco Construct Expo

EGBC, with its aim to promote sustainability, supported several initiatives that took place in the region. WETEX in Dubai , 15th - 17th April 2013 and Cityscape Abu Dhabi, 16 – 18 April 2013 which was held parallel to EcoConstruct Expo in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. The exhibitions provided platforms for progressive organizations and professionals in the field of energy, water and environment management to share their ideas and discuss the latest technologies initiated in the environmental and sustainability fields. Parallel to the WETEX, Dubai Global Energy Forum took place, where Adnan Sharafi, EGBC Chairman, talked about “Greening the Existing Buildings”.

 

Green Building Tour and workshop organised at DEWA’s newly-opened sustainable building - April 16, 2013

Green_Building_Tour_7_EGBC.jpgEmiratesGBC teamed up with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to organise a green building tour of DEWA’s new sustainable building, for stakeholders from across the construction industry. the tour provided the participants with insights on the sustainability measures implemented by DEWA and the energy savings as a result of these path-breaking steps. DEWA's Sustainable Building is the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council, securing 98 out of 110 points.

 

 EGBC conducted a successful workshop in partnership with UPC - January 15, 2013

EmiratesGBC hosted a Stakeholder Workshop with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council on 15th January 2013 in Abu Dhabi alongside the World Future Energy Summit. The workshop was a great success with almost 70 people participating in the interactive forum. The workshop focused on the proposed Contractor Credits, which are currently under development by Estidama. The aim of the Contractor Credits will be to further underpin the four pillars of Estidama with specific focus on incentivizing contractors. Contractor Credits would allow contractors to increase engagement with the existing Pearl rating systems (PCRS, PBRS and PVRS) with a view to improving a projects Pearl Rating at Construction Rating submission. UPC are currently engaging with key stakeholders in workshops and evaluating feedback, and this workshop allowed stakeholders an interactive opportunity to comment on the proposal.