Posted on March 06, 2011

The 1st Green Building Solutions (GBS) Conference & Exhibition Doha 2011 closed its doors with a dinner attracted 400 participants, comprising; Specialists and practitioners, manufacturers, consultants and decision-makers.  For His part, Dr, Yousef al Horr, the chairman and managing director of Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute has honoured His Excellency, the minister of environment, Abdulla bin Mubarak bin Abud al Medadi, for his appreciated efforts at supporting the development and implementation of the concept of the sustainability of building in Qatar.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Dr. Yousef al Horr, expressed his pleasure for the unexpected gathering, connecting Specialists and practitioners, manufacturers, consultants and decision-makers, who belong the world’s five continents and meet in Qatar; under one umbrella, unified by one goals of creating better environmental life for the coming generations, through reinforcing the concepts of the environmental sustainability.

In parallel with the notable presence in the conference, which formed a suitable ground to link the producers with the participants, the exhibition has grabbed notable presence that reinforces the economic scene in the country.  Exhibition and conference have equally introduced a platform for expertise and information change amongst the experts and specialists on the local and international levels, which will promote the knowledge transfer and develop building’s state of the art practise.

Addressing 400 participants, during the closing ceremony at the dinner, Dr. AL Horr said: “This night, we will complete this peculiar event, by distributing the sustainability awards and honouring a number of projects in Qatar, which have met the highest norms of the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS).

Dr AL Horr, unveiled the fact that the results has exceeded their expectations, due to the fact that the wining projects were able to present practical models in regard to imp[lamenting Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS), that has been once mere rosy dreams, that can only be applicable in the science fiction world. Through the assessment process, we encompassed the Herculean effort, made by the competent team to design and promote these projects in order to meet QSAS’ strict standards.

Dr. al Horr further said: “the success of the sustainability project depends on the concord between the owner or developer and the designing consultant, at the beginning of the phase. Thus, the harmony and correspondence is the prominent factor which will be respectively followed by other requirements. We are looking forward that this honouring ceremony will be an incentive for encouraging society’s sector for the adoption of sustainable –built practice. we also exude hope that it will be a morale boost for the winning owners in an attempt to send a clear message  that as a society we really appreciate what you have done and encouraging you to persist.

His Excellency, the minister of environment, distributed at the gala dinner the sustainability awards to Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, Chairman of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (kahramaa) for the KAHRAMAA Education Park; Eng. Abdulla Al Najjar, CEO of Qatar National Museum; Eng. Hisham Al-Emadi, CEO of Energy City Qatar for the Energy City Qatar HQ; Eng. Khalid Ahmed Al Nasr, general manager of BARWA City Schools; Eng. Hamad Al-Bishry, QDVC Deputy CEO.


KAHRAMAA Awareness Park - Sustainability Features

  • Energy
    • Providing on-site renewable energy generation system that utilizes solar panels (PV technology) to offset the electrical load requirements of the chilled water pumps.
    • Using solar collectors to generate heat for hot water production

  • Water
    • Using water-efficient plumbing fixtures such as dual flush water closets
    • Using water-efficient drip irrigation system
    • Collecting and treating grey water and storm water to be recycled for toilet flushing

  • Materials
    • Specifying permanently installed materials that are extracted and manufactured within the region
    • Specifying permanently installed materials that are made from recycled content

  • Indoor Environment
    • Specifying materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission rates
    • Implementing strategies to control indoor chemical and pollutant sources and airborne contaminants
    • Providing sufficient noise insulation to meet minimum requirements for indoor acoustic quality
    • Maintaining light levels with the use of effective lighting controls and efficient luminaries

  • Cultural & Economic Value
    • Maximizing the percentage of construction expenditures for goods and services originating from the national economy

  • Management & Operations
    • Implementing a commissioning plan
    • Providing energy sub-metering
    • Providing intelligent building control system

Qatar New National Museum - Sustainability Features

  • Energy
    • Using high-performance glazing and effective artificial and day lighting controls
    • Exploiting the building form to provide excellent passive shading to the facades of the building from high sun angles
    • Providing thermal mass in contact with the internal spaces
    • Optimizing the building fresh air supply and utilizing effective air-to-air energy recovery system
    • Utilizing energy efficient cooling system

  • Water
    • Using water-efficient low-flow taps
    • Using water-efficient drip irrigation system
    • Using community-based recycled water supply for irrigation

  • Materials
    • Designing building elements and materials for ease of disassembly to facilitate future reuse or recycling

  • Indoor Environment
    • Specifying materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission rates
    • Providing sufficient noise insulation to meet minimum requirements for indoor acoustic quality
    • Maintaining light levels with the use of effective lighting controls and efficient luminaries

  • Cultural & Economic Value
    • Designing the project to reflect the cultural character in the development of the building inspired by the mineral formation known as the sand rose commonly found beneath the deserts of the Gulf region and the sand-colored concrete cladding
    • Maximizing the percentage of construction expenditures for goods and services originating from the national economy

  • Management & Operations
    • Implementing a commissioning plan
    • Providing water supply leak detection system
    • Providing intelligent building control system

Energy City Qatar - Sustainability Features

  • Energy
    • Using high-performance building envelope and efficient lighting system
    • Using on-site renewable energy generation (Photovoltaic) system
    • Utilizing energy efficient energy efficient cooling system from master planned district cooling facility

  • Water
    • Using water-efficient plumbing fixtures such as dual flush water closets
    • Using water-efficient drip irrigation system
    • Collecting and treating grey water, storm water, and condensate water to be recycled for toilet flushing and plants irrigation
    • Using community-based recycled water supply

  • Materials
    • Specifying permanently installed materials that are extracted and manufactured within the region
    • specifying permanently installed materials that are made from recycled content

  • Indoor Environment
    • Specifying materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission rates
    • Providing sufficient noise insulation to meet minimum requirements for indoor acoustic quality
    • Maintaining light levels with the use of effective lighting controls and efficient luminaries

  • Cultural & Economic Value
    • Designing the project to reflect the local cultural character in the development of the building forms and layout through the expression of desert stones and Bedouin tent
    • Maximizing the percentage of construction expenditures for goods and services originating from the national economy

  • Management & Operations
    • Implementing a commissioning plan
    • Providing water supply leak detection system
    • Providing intelligent building control system

BARWA City Schools - Sustainability Features

  • Energy
    • Providing excellent passive shading through deep fins and overhangs and high performance glazing
    • Utilizing energy efficient cooling system from master planned district cooling facility
    • Utilizing energy recovery system

  • Water
    • Using water-efficient plumbing fixtures such as dual flush water closets
    • Using water-efficient drip irrigation system
    • Collecting and treating grey water and storm water to be recycled for toilet flushing and plants irrigation

  • Materials
    • Specifying permanently installed materials that are extracted and manufactured within the region

  • Indoor Environment
    • Implementing strategies to control indoor chemical and pollutant sources and airborne contaminants
    • Providing sufficient noise insulation to meet minimum requirements for indoor acoustic quality

  • Cultural & Economic Value
    • Maximizing the percentage of construction expenditures for goods and services originating from the national economy

  • Management & Operations
    • Providing energy sub-metering
    • Providing intelligent building control system


In Its first edition, the exhibition and conference has dazzled attendees as it has attracted participants and visitors from several countries, in addition to 100 companies; which exhibited products and sustainable built services. This event is intended to support Qatar National vision 2030, and officials’ significant insistence to create a green heritage for the coming generation in Qatar and the region on equal footing.

Demonstrating Qatar’s commitment to building a sustainable environment, Green Building Solutions 2011 presented delegates and exhibitors with the opportunity to attend a Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) Master Class Workshop to raise international awareness of QSAS, the first sustainable development rating system designed specifically for the unique Middle East environment.

As GBS prepares to expand into the Asian market in 2012, the Chairman & Managing Director of event organizer BQDRI Dr. Youssef Al-Horr expressed his delight with the success of GBS 2011:

“There is huge potential in the building sector when it comes to fighting climate change. GBS 2011 educated many local and regional contractors and construction companies that most of the costs associated with building emissions can be greatly reduced by new construction techniques. We welcome the challenge to extending this message throughout the GCC and other regions in the future.”