Posted on June 10, 2014

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a standardised building management services culture within Qatar’s construction industry.

Under this agreement, QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, will gain access to CIBSE’s impressive global network of building service engineers. The partnership will allow local industry to gain insight into international best practices, while facilitating green and sustainable solution collaborations for some of Qatar’s greatest projects. Held at the HBKU Student Centre, the agreement was signed by Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, and Peter Kinsella, CIBSE President, in the presence of distinguished guests from both organisations.
Commenting on the new agreement, Eng Al Shamari said: “This accord with CIBSE grants QGBC an invaluable opportunity to further expand its regional and international network. “Bringing on board a wealth of expertise and experience in providing first-class information and building education services, CIBSE will enable QGBC to better support Qatar’s professionals and promote best practice in the field of sustainable building.”

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Adding to this, President Kinsella said: “QGBC is a unique platform in Qatar that raises awareness about sustainable green buildings by fostering practical education for both industry experts and members of the public. “Considering CIBSE’s distinguished expertise in relevant fields, this agreement will prove vital to the QGBC’s efforts as we believe such a partnership will be a great contribution to the Sustainability Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

This agreement demonstrates QGBC’s ongoing commitment to host educational workshops and events that highlight sustainability issues while also providing a viable platform upon which to discuss and exchange green practices and policies. QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is a non-profit, membership-driven organisation dedicated to advocating green building solutions, leading industry research, as well as promoting sustainable practice within the community. Through QGBC, Qatar has joined a network of 80 different countries that run active national green building councils under the umbrella of the World Green Building Council.