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EmiratesGBC Newsletter MAY 2012


EMIRATES GREEN A Letter from the Chairman… Dear EGBC Members, It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the progress made by the EGBC task forces and thank the volunteers that are contributing on a regular basis. The task forces have done a great job and are moving in the right direction in a timely manner to accomplish the 2012 goals and provide new resources to the industry. With EGBC’s commitment to a sustainable UAE, we recently participated in World ecoConstruct in Abu Dhabi with an exhibition stand raising awareness of our mission. There, we also hosted a Focus Day, themed ‘Constructing Buildings for the Future’, where we had representation from the UAE and Abu Dhabi government as well as the private sector. The focus day program and participating organizations clearly show EGBC is gaining momentum in the industry, and is amalgamating different officials together on a common platform to share knowledge and expertise. As part of our continued effort to bring you more activities throughout the year, EGBC will be hosting two networking events in the month of May with Gerab Energy Solutions and Majid Al Futtaim Properties, details of which are mentioned below. The technical workshop program, which kick started last month, will also be hosting another workshop on 2nd May focusing on Retrofitting efficient HVAC systems. We encourage you to attend and contribute your expertise to the subject. Be sure not miss out on any of the May events !! EGBC is always looking for member volunteers to help deliver many of its planned events and contribute to its task forces. We invite you to get involved! Please call the EmiratesGBC Office to register your interest. Sincerely, Adnan Sharafi

Upcoming Events  May 2

EGBC Technical Workshop 

May 6 EGBC Networking Event, Gerab Energy Solutions 

May 10 EGBC Board Meeting 

May 13 EGBC Networking Event, Majid Al Futtaim Properties 

May 15 EGBC BGreen Sustainable Solutions Round Table 

June 15-16 LEED GA Training

Welcome New Members! Corporate Members:  Shaw Industries

Individual Members:

EmiratesGBC Focus Day at World ecoConstruct!!

 Ahmad Kais Kamal  Nicole de Kort  Loay Al Mujadidi

EmiratesGBC in conjunction with the World ecoConstruct hosted a full day focus day on 25th April in Abu Dhabi. The focus was on Constructing Buildings for the Future, keeping in mind the investments in the construction industry. The session kicked off with a presentation by the Ministry of Environment & Water on the green economy. Government representatives from the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and the Department of Municipal Affairs threw light on the evolution of Estidama from the last year and the construction building codes for sustainable cities, whereas Mubadala and Brookfield Multiplex discussed the challenges faced in using the rating tools, from a developer’s and contractor’s point perspective. Waste Management Strategies, being a very important element of the construction industry was discussed by Al Habtoor Leighton Group, sharing their commendable initiatives on several projects in the region. Jotun Paints and Everest Industries cited examples of the sustainable products available in construction, with Buro Happold talking about latest innovative design & technology. A special thanks to the event sponsors: Brookfield Multiplex, Jotun Paints and Everest Industries.

WorldGBC Congress goes to Stuttgart this year!! This year the WorldGBC Congress and DGNB's goes to Consense in Stuttgart, Germany, on 18 th and 19th June. A special offer to attend Congress/Consense for delegations of green building council members has been made available and we encourage our members to express their interest in attending as part of an EGBC delegation. The council members can access special rates, assistance with hotels, exhibition packages, and a special offer from DGNB on training courses. Kindly communicate your interest latest by 6th May 2012 to

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EGBC News and Updates

EmiratesGBC kicks off technical workshop series ! EmiratesGBC hosted its first successful technical workshop, exclusively for its members and partners on 4 April 2012 focusing on the Waste Water Treatment in Buildings and Urban plans. The aim of the workshop program is to join together members from across the building industry to share thei r knowl edge of a topical subject and explore how the council and its members can influence improvement across the industry. The outputs from these workshops will be publicized across the membership, on the EGBC website, and with summaries issued through media partners. It is intended that the published outputs will build up to provide an important body of knowledge, being extended and further developed over time through follow-up events. With strong support and participation from EGBC members and partners in the first workshop, we are happy to announce the date for the next workshop, which will be on 2 May. The focus of the May technical workshop will be on Retrofitting HVAC Systems focusing on, the simplest, most cost-effective HVAC solutions in order to improve the (environmental, financial & comfort) performance of existing buildings. Kindly RSVP your interest to participate in the next workshop by mailing

EmiratesGBC invites you to its May Networking Events The month of May will see some action from EGBC with two networking events planned in the first half of month. The first networking event will be held on Sunday 6 May at Media Rotana Dubai, where Cas Khoo from Gerab Energy Solutions will deliver a presentation on Energy Efficiency Solutions for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems. The discussion will cover the “Dynamic Condenser Control Technology” which is a very effective technology in energy efficient platform that improves the efficiency of the condenser and optimizes the refrigerant. As air conditioning and refrigeration systems contribute up to 65% of the total energy load of the buildings, this networking event focuses on a very important topic. Kindly RSVP your interest latest by 2nd May to !! The second networking event of the month will take place on Sunday 13 May at Pullman Hotel and will be hosted with Majid Al Futtaim Properties. Nicholas Mulders, Director of Retail Design and Delivery, will talk about the 'Green Star’ ratings system adopted by Majid Al Futtaim Properties for the tenants of its malls as part of its CSR Policy. The discussion will revolve around water efficiency, energy, indoor air quality monitoring, etc. Kindly RSVP you interest to by 10th May to be a part of this interesting discussion !! We hope to see you at both events!!

EmiratesGBC and BGreen to host ‘Sustainable Solutions’ round table discussions !! EmiratesGBC in partnership with BGreen brings you the “Sustainable Solutions” discussions. A closed round table discussion focusing on different segments of sustainability to enhance the knowledge in the industry, it will be conducted bi-monthly in the EGBC office in partnership with the BGreen Magazine. The purpose of these closed discussion is to bring together different experts from fields of sustainability on a single platform and share their ideas, knowledge and opinions based on their expertise to the relevant subjects. The discussions will be broadly covered in the BGreen magazine, so keep a close watch on the upcoming issues and enhance your knowledge to a new level.

EmiratesGBC participated in RIBA Gulf Chapter Networking Event !! EmiratesGBC is happy to have active participation in various local events. Recently, EmiratesGBC supported RIBA Gulf Chapter, in collaboration with AIA & ROCA in a Networking Event on 22 April focusing on Water Efficiencies in Architectural Design. Dr. Robert Cooke, EGBC Technical Committee Coordinator, discussed the policies to improve water usage in development projects. Case study representation of clean water provisions for a community project in rural Cameroon was also showcased. The aim of the event was to discuss the design process which can be enhanced to ensure minimal use of water in building design & construction.

EGBC participated in the UAE Vision 2021 Energy Workshop !! The EmiratesGBC was honored to be considered a stakeholder and represented in the UAE Vision 2021 Energy Workshop on the 16th of April. Adnan Sharafi and Saeed Alabbar represented EGBC in the workshop with active participation in two sessions covering challenges in financing renewable energy projects in the UAE as well as challenges in improving energy efficiencies in buildings. This is the first round of workshops that engaged stakeholders for developing the required policies, more rounds are anticipated in the coming months to reach to the final outcome.

Well Done Members!! A big congratulation to InterfaceFLOR for hosting a sustainability seminar in Dubai on 26th April alongside the Global CSR Convention. The aim was to help specifiers cut through the myriad of green-wash that is prevalent within the construction industry and offer advice on choosing the most sustainable products available in the market. Led by Ramon Arratia, European Sustainability Director for Interface the seminar also provided more information on Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and presented them as the new higher standard for environmental claims, encouraging delegates to now request EPDs on all products from the suppliers.

EmiratesGBC wants to hear from our Members! Share with us your success stories! There is a lot of great information and case studies to be shared out there and we want to provide our members with the platform to exchange ideas and promote your accomplishments.


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Local/Regional/International - News and Updates

Local News:

Regional News:

Sewage trucks get electronic gate: Sharjah: The municipality launched an electronic gate in Industrial Area 5 for private and public tankers for septic tankers to dispose of their waste. Click here for more information.

Cement plants to review environment impact: Dubai Cement factories face permanent closure if they fail to meet the new green measures announced by the Ministry of Environment and Water. In an advisory issued earlier this week by Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, cement companies were warned that a temporary three-month closure may be issued to the 11 existing factories in the country if facilities were found in non-compliance. f problems identified in the first warning are not rectified within 90 days, the ministry could shut down an errant cement factory for good.

Abu Dhabi begins work on Metro and light-rail design:

GE wins 50MW wind turbine order in Turkey: US technology giant General Electric (GE) has been contracted to supply 31 wind turbines by Fina Enerjifor a project in Turkey. The 50MW facility will support the Turkish government’s plan to increase the country’s installed wind capacity to 20GW by 2023. Click here for more information.

Hotel in Green initiative: An agreement has been signed between the Qatar Green Building Council and the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel to work together to “disseminate environmental knowledge as applied to the built environment, to promote awareness and student and other youth involvement in Qatar”. Click here for more information.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport has started work on the design of a Metro and lightrail transit system after the Executive Council approved funding for the projects, a spokesman for the department said. The Abu Dhabi Metro, which will extend approximately 131 km and be supported by tram and bus feeder networks, is set to be operational by 2016-17. Click here for more information.

Turning waste into liquid and solid gold:

Zayed Future Energy Prize 2013:

Green building technology gains ground in Kingdom:

Already in its 5th round, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has announced that applications for the 2013 prize are now open. The prize awards innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The 2013 award is US$4 million and will be distributed across five categories: large corporations; small and medium enterprises; nongovernmental organizations; lifetime achievements of individuals; and global high schools.

As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia undergoes a construction boom, building services experts have said that they can see a noticeable shift towards green building technology, despite the high costs associated with it. As the largest market in the GCC, the Kingdom has more than $112.8bn worth of projects expected in 2012, the Saudi Gazette, a local daily reported, citing recent data. Click here for more information.

Abu Dhabi's $600m solar power plant to be completed this year:

Middle East injects $180Bn into new power, water, and energy projects:

Abu Dhabi Solar plant Shams 1 will be completed by the end of this year and will be ready to provide Abu Dhabi with power at commercial prices. Construction began during [the third quarter] of 2010. The project's cost is $600 million (Dh2.2 billion) and with its completion, it will be the largest solar project in the world. Click here for more information.

New power, water, and energy projects valued at $180bn are underway or at the planning stages in the Middle East, as the UAE forges ahead with 20 projects worth $34.2bn. Spearheaded by the $20bn Nuclear Power Plant in Abu Dhabi, which began construction late in 2011, the UAE will be one of the most active markets in the power, water and energy sectors over the next two years, at a time when power demand across all GCC countries is expected to grow 8 to 10% annually.

Dubai seeks bids for Dh12b solar park: Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority plans to issue the first bids for a Dh12 billion solar park by September that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2030. Click here for more information.

Residents who have some space in their backyard could turn organic waste into compost with a little effort and use it as a natural fertilizer for the home garden, thereby effectively tackling the solid waste disposal issue. Click here for more information.

International News:

UAE one of world's top users of water, expert warns: Living in Dubai can foster the illusion that water is plentiful with green parks and palm trees abounding and potable water always at the ready for more than two million residents in the emirate. But the reality is that demand is placing tremendous pressure upon authorities to draw millions of litres of freshwater daily from groundwater and desalination sources, says Hamdan Al Shair, director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality. Click here for more information.

Recycling rubbish to create electricity in Denmark:

Vision 2050 Arabia urges businesses to conserve land and water - and cut carbon emissions:

The residents of Hong Kong - one of the most densely populated places on the planet - make 12 million journeys every day in cars, trains, buses and ferries. In an effort to combat pollution and cut carbon emissions in half by 2020, the city is turning to electric vehicles.

Abu Dhabi: To sustain a world population of nine billion people in 2050, the world must double its agricultural production without increasing land and water use, as well as reduce carbon emissions by half, a report released Monday states. A report prepared by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) that includes these details therefore calls for businesses to play a key role in ensuring sustainability, along with government entities. Click here for more information.

ADNEC joins Abu Dhabi sustainability group: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) has announced it has joined the Abu Dhabi sustainability group. An agreement signed confirms ADNEC's commitment to developing innovative solutions and initiatives to promote sustainability standards across the business. Click here for more information.

New solar energy plant rising from the desert: Abu Dhabi: Turning high, rolling sand dunes into a site for the world’s largest concentrated solar-power plant meant digging and redistributing some 5 million cubic metres of sand. When completed this year, the plant will be able to generate 100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 20,000 homes. It is part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, which aims reduce the country’s dependence on oil. Click here for more information.

Denmark currently generates 831kg of waste per person every year. But rather than dump it in landfill, they have found a way to deal with the problem burning it. Click here for more information.

Juicing up: Hong Kong transport goes electric:

What Copenhagen can teach the World: Copenhagen frequently tops rankings of the world’s happiest, most liveable and best-designed cities. This is likely because the city strives for sustainability in nearly every aspect of policy and culture. While Denmark’s capital may not be perfect, its successes in a few key areas provide teaching points for metropolises around the world. Click here for more information.

Samso: the energy self-sufficient island Inhabitants on the small Danish island of Samso have collaborated to form a social energy revolution. The small Baltic island has become one of the first industrialized places in the world to qualify as being totally energy selfsufficient.

International Green Construction Code released The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is released as a model code for jurisdictions to adopt. The code was finalized in November 2011 after a two-year development process and is meant to establish minimum green requirements for commercial buildings (both new and existing) and residential buildings over three stories. Click here for more information.

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