Qatar supports green buildings

by  — 10 May 2013

In the past, Qatar planned green building projects like QNB Tower, which though designed, were never built.

Qatar Science and Technology Park is one of the few green building projects in Qatar.

Qatar’s ongoing construction projects ahead of the World Cup 2022 has raised concerns about the impact of these developments on the natural environment. The country, therefore, has lessons to learn from Australia that emerged as an expert in energy efficient projects with low resource uptake around the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 

Considering Australia’s success in green building projects, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) hosted a joint seminar with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) to address the aspects of green building in the context of Qatar’s hot arid climate. Drawing a connection between the climates of the two countries, executive director advocacy and business services for Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Robin Mellon said, “Australia has incredibly diverse climatic zones. What that means is there is particular skill in tailoring solutions to these extremes.”

Qatar’s efforts to reduce waste materials in its latest projects like The Pearl were greatly appreciated by the Australian experts.

Apart from the future green building projects in Qatar, the seminar also introduced opportunities to upgrade the older buildings by incorporating green building technologies. 

Qatar’s efforts to reduce waste materials in its latest projects like The Pearl were greatly appreciated by the Australian experts. Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah – board member for QGBC and founder of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) mentioned the incentives offered by Lusail for environment-friendly developments in Lusail city. Representative of Kahramaa, engineer Bazeeth Ahamed highlighted the company’s efforts to lower the water consumption levels considerably by 2016. 

Operating in Qatar since 2009, QGBC seeks to promote health and sustainability of the environment, the people, and economic security in Qatar. The organisation commenced as a reaction to the rapid urbanisation projects in the country over the last few years. The concept of ‘Green Building’ is based on the incorporation of construction techniques that takes environment into consideration by the use of environment-friendly materials, reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency.

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