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The UAE Ministry of Public Works signed an agreement with the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) to promote green building concepts and sustainable built environments. The agreement was one of the highlights of the third annual EmiratesGBC Congress last month in Dubai, held under the patronage of Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works.
This edition was the largest and most extensive to date in terms of participation and the topics discussed.
The two-day congress featured international and regional experts who delivered keynote speeches, presented case studies and took part in panel discussions to highlight the opportunities and challenges in the green building sector.
Delegates also took part in a sustainable building tour of the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (Dafza) premises. Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said the aim of the tour was to familiarize the delegates on various aspects of sustainability that have been adopted by Dafza and to gain new perspectives on the practical application of green building features.
Ayoub Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Customer Relations and Licensing at Dafza, said: “We integrate a number of green elements throughout the free zone such as LED lights and light switch sensors that minimize our carbon footprint, while enabling significant savings on energy and avoiding unnecessary waste.
“Dafza aims to fully complement Dubai’s pioneering role in adopting international green standards throughout its infrastructure and fostering a culture of sustainability among its clients and workforce.”
A sustainable hotel workshop was also held in a Green Key-certified hotel.
“The workshop highlighted the various sustainability features that are incorporated by hotels, and how these can contribute to greater energy efficiency,” said Al Abbar.
Source: Property Weekly