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Council pushes technology in the construction of ‘green’ buildings

1. September 2010

More than 120 participants attended the second seminar conducted by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) covering an array of topics such as problems with recycling, sun-shading on modern buildings, water scarcity and lighting as well as energy usage in green buildings. Participants included experts and laymen from the construction and property industry, representatives from government agencies, non-government organisations, academic institutions and students.

QGBC’s Research and Innovation Committee co-chair Abdullah Hamad al-Misnad introduced QGBC expert speakers and encouraged the audience to support the promotion of green buildings by attending and participating in QGBC’s awareness seminars.
He announced that QGBC will continue to hold such networking events to provide a platform for the members of the industry, educators and students to exchange information and help raise awareness on sustainability.
Al-Misnad encouraged his audience to visit QGBC’s website to stay up to date on QGBC’s activities. He also acknowledged and appreciated ThinkScape Group who developed the QGBC’s website free of charge as part of their corporate social responsibility initiative, to help spread the green building message and reach out to QGBC stakeholders.
During an opening session, QGBC Education Committee chair Engr Mohamed Jaber shed light on the need to reduce lighting levels and energy usage in building design, explaining how it not only reduced cost but helped in improving overall quality of the building and in preserving the health of the residents as well as the environment.
QGBC’s Research and Innovation Committee co-chair Dr Alex Amato spoke on problems with recycling in a lecture on introduction to recycling in the construction industry.
QGBC’s Technical Committee vice chair Martin Hay addressed the subject of sun-shading on modern buildings, which dealt with problem of ample sun and consequent heat caused by it. He examined the different means of providing sun-shading while still achieving good daylight penetration, looking at the growing sophistication of controls and how architecture can respond to changing conditions.
QGBC committee member from Ortner Consulting Nadja Ortner spoke about water scarcity in the Gulf region. Her brief introduction examined the causes of the shortage and how the construction sector can respond in both reducing demand and examining methods of increasing supply by suitable treatment and reusing.