The region’s top industry leaders will present the latest in sustainable construction techniques and solutions in the inaugural Green Building Middle East Summit in Abu Dhabi that is endorsed by the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), the organizers announced today.
The summit will be held concurrently with the Green Building Middle East exhibtion that will host hundreds of exhibiting companies, both events are set to attract thousands of trade visitors and industry delegates.
To be held during the Arabian Construction Week 2010 from 24-26 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and concurrently with the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS), the Green Building Middle East Summit will bring together the region’s foremost industry leaders in addtion to hundreds of exhibitors, over 300 delegates and numerous trade visitors.
The event will witness policy makers and experts debate, discuss and share best practice and highlight the most progressive thinking on sustainable design, infrastructure, construction and the built environment. It will also engage internationally renowned industry leaders and commentators in a debate, drawing on high profile projects and policies from around the world, to shape the future strategy and direction of the industry.
Jeff Willis, Chairman, EGBC, said: “The UAE has firm commitment to green building measures. It is very exciting to see an event that combines an exhibition and the summit on green building with both forums seeking to share leading industry practices, techniques and accomplishments. At the same time, we believe the summit will prove to be an appropriate meeting point for industry professionals to exchange ideas and partner with each other to further develop green building industry.”
Comprising keynote sessions and one stream across 24 and 25 May, the unique Middle East Summit will address relevant themes such as the economics of green construction, making low carbon construction possible, managing buildings effectively, stimulating refurbishment programmes, efficient water management, making micro renewables work, creating sustainable cities, waste and recycling, sourcing building materials ethically and responsibly, adapting to the impact of climate change, and designing green.
Renowned speakers who will take the podium include Jerry Yudelson, Principal, Yudelson Associates; Jeff Willis, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council; Michael Deane, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction Company; Carolyn McLean, Principal, Woods Bagot; Mike Barns, Director of Sustainability, Hyder Consulting; Sami Khoreibi, CEO, Environmena Power Systems; Stephen Oehme, Freelance Consultant and Regional Director - Value Management and Sustainability, Hyder Consulting. And many more!!
A special ‘Focus Day’ on 26 May will be organised by the Emirates Green Building Council. With the significant focus and requirements for green guildings, EGBC will dedicate the day for formulating and offering the ‘up to the minute’ information on the regulation as well as the latest pilot and specific development studies.
Jeff Willis added: “The construction industry has gone through a significant transformation including the addition of numerous green building requirements, techniques, technologies and products. It is vital to continue driving the development and innovation by introducing and promoting key ideas that are revolutionising the industry.”
The Green Building Middle East Summit and EGBC Focus Day will be held during the Arabian Construction Week, which will incorporate three dedicated vertical trade exhibitions including Future Build, Civil Engineering and Green Building Expos. The Arabian Construction Week will gather a spectrum of exhibiting companies, trade visitors and senior industry leaders.
Jerry Yudelson, President of Yudelson Associates, experts in LEED green building rating system, said: “Over the past five years, the business case for green building has become clear, with benefits exceeding costs for both owners and occupants. As design and construction teams acquire more experience with green building approaches, we expect to see this becoming the mainstream activity in the building sector. At this time, the Middle East is rapidly moving toward green building, with the opportunity to become a world leader in this activity over the next decade.”
In addition, the Green Building Middle East Summit & Expo will focus on the accomplishments of the region’s building industry and serve as a perfect venue for interested businesses looking to source the latest in building techniques, materials and equipment required for major construction projects across the Middle East.
Organised by MECOM Forums/Clarion Events, in partnership with MEED, Arabian Construction Week including etc etc aims to serve as a perfect platform for companies to display a full range of green building, innovative building and engineering products and services to thousands of buyers from across the Middle East and neighbouring regions.
For more information, please visit http://www.greenbuildingmiddleeast.com/
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