Supporting Green Practices

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) is one of the few entities in Qatar whose mission and scope encompasses all three pillars of QF: education, science and research, and community development.
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Tasked with encouraging collaboration in conducting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development in Qatar, it aims to support the overall health and sustainability of the nation’s environment and its people through education and leadership.

QGBC’s highly popular premier sustainability education program – the second season of which began in September 2015 and will run until June 2016 – exemplifies QGBC’s values. Aimed at enhancing the quality of green building and sustainability education in Qatar, the first season of the comprehensive professional training program proved a huge success with more than 800 construction professionals, schoolteachers, university students, and sustainability activists enrolled on its courses.

Building on its existing portfolio of collaborations, during the first season of the program, QGBC developed and run a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accredited course focused on the field of interior design for students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, a partner university of QF. The participants were the first students in Qatar to receive LEED Green Associate (GA) accreditations.

Commenting on the launch of the program’s new season, Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC, said: “Education is one of QGBC’s main focus areas. Over the last nine months since the launch of the program, our leading experts and trainers have delivered live and online in-house workshops and training, as well as providing support to training modules in major construction conferences in Qatar.”

The new season of the program features an array of new courses, which have been designed by experts at QGBC during the summer. According to Hamoda Youssef, Research Specialist, QGBC, who leads the program, the new courses are based on participants’ demand for focus on technical issues of green buildings and sustainability, such as ‘net zero building’ - the goal of buildings that feature exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling, and
electricity needs.
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During the previous training sessions of the program, QGBC worked closely with the Supreme Council of Education in Qatar to create a better understanding of sustainability among teachers and school students, with green building core concepts were delivered to over 70 teachers in Qatar. According to Youssef, it is important that the principles of green building have a universal audience that extends beyond construction and design specialists.

“We take a different and rather innovative approach to sustainability education by offering courses for people from all walks of life in Qatar,” he said. “We believe that achieving a sustainable environment is a collective effort.”

Last year’s participants told QGBC that they found the program eye-opening, and that it showed them that ensuring sustainability was an accessible approach.

“By using education to spread awareness, we hope to overcome barriers people may perceive within their knowledge of sustainability,” said Youssef. “This gives us a harmony of audiences.”

Moving forward, QGBC is to introduce initiatives and upcoming courses within the program that target non-professionals, which will be a major focus in 2016 for the latter half of the program’s new season.

“We always try to convey our message through different levels and means, with the help of QF and through our participation in national and international conference,” added Youssef.

“There is no single formula for success; it's about continuously engaging with society. Our ultimate goal is that the endorsement of sustainability is a self- lifestyle that spreads from green building to where everyone lives as sustainable as possible in his or her daily activities.”