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January 5, 2014

QGBC Continues Regional Outreach at Green Building Congress in Dubai

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QGBC.jpgA Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) delegation recently participated in the Emirates Green Building Council’s (EGBC) second Annual Congress in Dubai, to meet regional counterparts and showcase its Passivhaus ‘Baytna’ Project.

The QGBC delegation discussed potential collaborations on projects and events with Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterparts, and engaged in a round table discussion about the green building movement in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

A summary of the current situation in each of the countries represented by delegates was given in relation to the other countries in the MENA Region.

“The round table discussion was hugely valuable,” said Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, “As we shared each country’s achievements in the hope of finding good examples that could be replicated in other countries. We also discussed legislation, subsidy, education and financial incentives in order to find the one area that would benefit most from the sustainable building sector. And finally, we looked to the future as well as the important developments for our industry for 2014.”

During the event, the QGBC team delivered a presentation about the Qatar Case Study, Passivhaus ‘Baytna’ Project. With partners, Kahramaa and Barwa Real Estate, the Passivhaus study seeks to establish if an eco-friendly villa can be a viable building option.

Through the construction and subsequent operation of a Passivhaus villa and a Business As Usual (BAU) villa the project’s initial data showed a small increase in capital cost during construction of the Passivhaus compared with a BAU villa, offset against a 50 percent reduction in water and energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

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