Qatar: Appreciation to local sustainability approach

Qatar’s approach to sustainability was praised by regional and international delegates to the inaugural Qatar Green Building Conference.

More than 500 green industry enthusiasts who attended the recently-held conference heard how Qatar was leading the green building movement in the Middle East.

The two-day event, organised by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation, was a key initiative in Qatar Foundation’s commitment to promote sustainable best practices and infrastructure development on the nation’s journey to a knowledge-based economy as outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030.

With more than 200 LEED-registered in Qatar, the nation’s other major green building developments, including Qatar Foundation’s collection of green buildings, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Lusail City, which are key in meeting the requirements of a sustainable city, received endorsements from high-level delegations from more than 20 countries attending the conference.

Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, said, “We are delighted and proud to have received a highly positive response from the local, regional and international green building community to our call for creating a platform to address major sustainability issues and opportunities. The Qatar Green Building Conference will become an annual platform for the local and regional green building industry to assemble and suggest best practices to the array of environmental issues we face.”

Paul Scialla, Founder of the International Well Building Institute, in his closing keynote speech, said, “I am delighted that we have received such a positive response to our first international WELL workshop here in Qatar. We look forward to advancing the conversation in Qatar and beyond about how human health can be addressed in our built environment. WELL builds on the green building movement’s strong foundations of energy and the environment, and goes further into the human experience.”

Dr Don McLean, CEO and Founder of Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), said,“Qatar is leading the green building movement in the Middle East region on several levels, including the availability of information, the awareness and education programmes, and the right type of development approach. Within the span of five to ten years, Qatar’s green building market will compete with European and other standards. The commitment of Qatar to green buildings is truly commendable on this front.”

As part of QGBC’s mission to filling the existing gaps in the green building industry in Qatar, the conference saw the launch of Qatar’s first Green Directory, an online interactive platform providing information and analysis about green products and services available in the Qatari market. The Directory is accessible at http://qatargreendirectory.com.

Source: The Peninsula

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