Green Building Solutions Conference & Exhibition Doha 2011
The 1st Green Building Solutions (GBS) Conference & Exhibition Doha 2011 closed its doors with a dinner that attracted 400 participants, comprising; Specialists and practitioners, manufacturers, consultants and decision-makers. For His part, Dr, Yousef al Horr, the chairman and managing director of Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute has honoured His Excellency, the minister of environment, Abdulla bin Mubarak bin Abud al Medadi, for his appreciated efforts at supporting the development and implementation of the concept of the sustainability of building in Qatar.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Dr. Yousef al Horr, expressed his pleasure for the unexpected gathering, connecting Specialists and practitioners, manufacturers, consultants and decision-makers, who belong the world’s five continents and meet in Qatar; under one umbrella, unified by one goals of creating better environmental life for the coming generations, through reinforcing the concepts of the environmental sustainability.
In parallel with the notable presence in the conference, which formed a suitable ground to link the producers with the participants, the exhibition has grabbed notable presence that reinforces the economic scene in the country. Exhibition and conference have equally introduced a platform for expertise and information change amongst the experts and specialists on the local and international levels, which will promote the knowledge transfer and develop building’s state of the art practise.
Addressing 400 participants, during the closing ceremony at the dinner, Dr. AL Horr said: “This night, we will complete this peculiar event, by distributing the sustainability awards and honouring a number of projects in Qatar, which have met the highest norms of the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS).
Dr AL Horr, unveiled the fact that the results has exceeded their expectations, due to the fact that the wining projects were able to present practical models in regard to imp[lamenting Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS), that has been once mere rosy dreams, that can only be applicable in the science fiction world. Through the assessment process, we encompassed the Herculean effort, made by the competent team to design and promote these projects in order to meet QSAS’ strict standards.
Dr. al Horr further said: “the success of the sustainability project depends on the concord between the owner or developer and the designing consultant, at the beginning of the phase. Thus, the harmony and correspondence is the prominent factor which will be respectively followed by other requirements. We are looking forward that this honouring ceremony will be an incentive for encouraging society’s sector for the adoption of sustainable –built practice. we also exude hope that it will be a morale boost for the winning owners in an attempt to send a clear message that as a society we really appreciate what you have done and encouraging you to persist.
His Excellency, the minister of environment, distributed at the gala dinner the sustainability awards to Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, Chairman of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (kahramaa) for the KAHRAMAA Education Park; Eng. Abdulla Al Najjar, CEO of Qatar National Museum; Eng. Hisham Al-Emadi, CEO of Energy City Qatar for the Energy City Qatar HQ; Eng. Khalid Ahmed Al Nasr, general manager of BARWA City Schools; Eng. Hamad Al-Bishry, QDVC Deputy CEO.
In its first edition, the exhibition and conference has dazzled attendees as it has attracted participants and visitors from several countries, in addition to 100 companies; which exhibited products and sustainable built services. This event is intended to support Qatar National vision 2030, and officials’ significant insistence to create a green heritage for the coming generation in Qatar and the region on equal footing.
Demonstrating Qatar’s commitment to building a sustainable environment, Green Building Solutions 2011 presented delegates and exhibitors with the opportunity to attend a Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) Master Class Workshop to raise international awareness of QSAS, the first sustainable development rating system designed specifically for the unique Middle East environment.
As GBS prepares to expand into the Asian market in 2012, the Chairman & Managing Director of event organizer BQDRI Dr. Youssef Al-Horr expressed his delight with the success of GBS 2011: “There is huge potential in the building sector when it comes to fighting climate change. GBS 2011 educated many local and regional contractors and construction companies that most of the costs associated with building emissions can be greatly reduced by new construction techniques. We welcome the challenge to extending this message throughout the GCC and other regions in the future.”