Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) hosted a seminar for Qatar’s construction industry sustainability experts to debate the effectiveness of building sustainability assessment Systems.
Leaders in energy conservation, green building research, and best practice were given the invaluable opportunity to review the efficacy of current systems, while finding alternatives that better address the needs of the Qatar’s existing building stock.
The seminar, titled ‘Building Sustainability Assessment Systems: Do they really affect change?’ proved vital in evaluating best routes for carbon reductions in the GCC region.
The gathering is part of an on-going series of successful workshops and events hosted by QGBC.
Dr Alex Amato, Head of Sustainability at QGBC, asked participants to reflect upon the changes and accomplishments that have been achieved since the first building sustainability assessment system – BREEAM – was introduced to the UK two decades ago, and posed a series of questions for delegates to discuss.
Dr Amato explained, “There are now many assessment systems that are widely used throughout the world by clients and design teams concerned about making their buildings sustainable. Undoubtedly they are a positive driver for change and much has been accomplished. However, the question remains whether they really do act as a driver of change for the majority of the industry. Moreover, do they really work in improving the sustainability of the existing building stock? Is regulation the only answer or are there other alternatives, especially for the existing building stock where retrospective legislation would be untenable?”
Experts expressed belief that, with increased pressure on natural resources pushing the production of CO2 emission per capita in the region to one of the highest in the world, it has become imperative to weigh the benefits of new systems and to develop an integrated approach.
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