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Posted On: 15 March 2010 02:20 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

:eco:800 green building projects ‘are set to be ready by 2012’

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Some 800 building projects currently underway in Doha are scheduled for delivery in 2012, an official of Project Qatar 2010 said yesterday “These projects will be environment-friendly compliant, as per the guidelines of Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC). The QGBC vision is to provide leadership and collaboration for Qatar in guiding and adopting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development,” the official said. QGBC, the official said, will act as a centre for the development of sustainable construction solutions. “In this context, work has already begun and more is on the way to modify many of the existing facilities so as to conform to sustainable standards such as the headquarters of the Qatar Energy City, for instance,” the official said. Scheduled from April 12-15 at the Doha Exhibition Centre, Project Qatar 2010 (the 7th International Exhibition for Construction Technology, Building Materials, Equipment and Environmental Technology) is expected to attract key industry players, regional and international VIPs in addition to major decision-makers to discover the best and latest solutions the industry has to offer. “Happening concurrently in its second edition along with Projects Qatar is the Qatar Sustainability Conference (QSC 2010), an educative and innovative platform, hosting experts from the construction industry, addressing sensitive green issues,” the official said. The topics included are recycling, efficient water use and renewable building materials. Project Qatar manager Michel Gebrael said: “In the race to build, the use of sustainable technologies hadn’t been a priority; and lately “sustainability” as a term is being overly marketed, resounding as a sort of hype, with no real action. Sustainability poses a great deal of technical challenges and through QSC 2010 we are hoping to come out with fruitful results”.