MEED, with the support of the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), are holding the first Qatar Sustainable Building Forum, which starts at the Renaissance City Centre Hotel in Doha.
By bringing together a mixture of local and international sustainability experts and industry leaders, the forum aims to provide comprehensive insight into the growing role and influence sustainability has in the building industry.
Current speaking participants include Dr. Yousuf Al Horr of the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD); Dr Alex Amato, Head of Sustainability at QGBC; Dr. Mohammad Raouf from the Conservation & Energy Efficiency Department at Kahramaa: Ibrahim Jaidah of the Arab Engineering Bureau; and leading international architect Chris Bosse from the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA). The forum is also being supported by Philips who will showcase and discuss the latest energy saving LED lighting technologies.
Key themes of the forum agenda will include a big-picture analysis of the global sustainability challenge and how the Middle East is positioned; the on-going development of affective green building assessment systems and their role on the building industry; best practice relating to world class sustainable design, architecture, engineering and technologies; and routes to effectively mitigating risk and ensuring maximum cost efficiency in green building projects.
Approximately 80 professionals are expected to attend the event, with representatives from the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar Foundation, Kahramaa, GORD, Qatar University, Qatar Rail included on the guest list.
Dr. Alex Amato who will speak at the forum, said: “This forum is a milestone in Qatar’s mission to establish an overarching carbon agenda within the development of its built environment. QGBC‘s participation in this event demonstrates its commitment to collaborate with like-minded partners who seek to establish a knowledge-based economy through dialogue, thought-leadership and applied research. Our participation, combined with QGBC’s launch of the energy interest group earlier this month, is indicative of Qatar’s progressive development in sustainability training, awareness raising, and research and development. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with the Forum delegates.”
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