Annual EGBC Congress on green buildings and sustainable cities

The two-day fourth Annual Congress of Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates-GBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, began yesterday in Dubai under the theme, How do green buildings scale up?—Bridging the Gap between Green Buildings & Sustainable Cities.

The event, the largest gathering of experts representing the sustainable built environment, provided stimulating interactive discussions and a space for learning, networking and capacity building amongst multiple stakeholders, to further influence sustainable practices in the UAE.

The focus of this year has been on five key themes: Climate, well being, economy, innovation and policy; which was discussed recently, highlighting how green buildings contribute to mitigating the effect of climate change and whether healthy designs and operations achieve results in improving the occupants’ health and well-being. Presentations will also put the spotlight on the future of the green building industry in the UAE, trends and how the industry is paving the way towards change.

Identifying challenges

Today the proceedings will include a visit to The Sustainable City, a five million square feet project that was conceived to be a world-class example of what can be achieved through a commitment to sustainability. The development features a wide range of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy-efficient home design, use of eco-friendly building materials and solar panels placed on the roofs of residential units. The visit will include a workshop highlighting the role of various sectors in creating sustainable cities.

The annual congress also helps identify the key industry challenges and issues as well as catalyse innovation in green building practices to create new models to support the country’s efforts to be greener and more sustainable. Stakeholders representing the entire building industry supply chain including high-ranking government officials as well as academics and sustainability experts from across the region attended the event to present a wide range of regional and global perspectives on green building and sustainable cities.

According to Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, “With 54 per cent of the world population living in cities and an estimated 66 per cent by 2050, the emphasis on sustainable cities has never been so crucial. Both government and industry stakeholders are increasingly exploring how we can move from an assortment of green buildings to a fully sustainable metropolis, leading to an ever growing demand for green building practices.”

Source: Property Weekly


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