Barwa Real Estate Company and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company have ended the three-day workshop on Qatar Sustainability Assessment System QSAS – Certified Green Professional® conducted by the T C Chan Centre for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
The centre is headed by Dr Ali Malkawi.
Selected candidates will now be offered the opportunity to sit in the official examination to become accredited QSAS – Certified Green Professional®.
The workshop aimed at providing industry professionals and engineers with the necessary tools and means of sustainable development.
It also focused on empowering industry professionals, senior consultants and engineers about “how to create sustainable building projects which minimise ecological impact while addressing the specific sustainable needs of the region.
Barwa chairman and managing director and Qatari Diar chief executive officer Ghanim bin Saad al-Saad said: “We at Barwa and Qatari Diar are committed to Qatar Vision 2030 and the goals of sustainable development.
“We work on establishing quality initiatives that make us lead the real estate development sector in Qatar and the region, and to encourage professionals and engineers in Qatar by providing them with suitable tools and practices for developing and implementing the concept of sustainability.”
He said the organisation of QSAS workshops was part of both companies’ participation in knowledge dissemination and shifting from theory to application to further provide real estate professionals with the latest advancements in sustainability development or green building through facilitating interaction between local and international expertise.
“The basics of our environment will become more important when we support QSAS through legislation which will contribute in transforming the sustainability concept from being optional to becoming mandatory,” he added.
BARWA Knowledge chairman and managing director Dr Youssef al-Horr said: “QSAS was introduced as the ‘Middle East’s first performance-based sustainability rating system’ at the Global City sustainable urban development forum in Abu Dhabi in April 2009 and I thank all QSAS workshop attendees for their participation and interaction with the lecturers.”
“Today, we assure our commitment in continuing this march and enhancing Qatar’s role as ‘the capital of sustainable development in the Middle East’, allowing Qatar to take the lead in addressing regional and national energy efficiency policies, reducing carbon emissions, minimising ecological impacts, and ensuring high indoor environmental quality,” he added.
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