Middle East Looks to Pioneer New Approaches to Green Building Systems

Published June 15th, 2008 - 09:01 GMT

As cities across the Middle East look to introduce green building standards, a pioneering scheme in the UAE looks to equip the next generation of architects and developers with the skills required for environmentally-sustainable construction.

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has partnered with the Emirates Green Building Council to offer the first LEED Accredited Professional Examination Courses in the region. Industry professional and students can participate in the programme, which runs throughout the summer.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System program is one of the key international benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

By completing the course, students will better understand the criteria involved in the LEEDS assessment – including better use of water, energy and sustainable material – and be more able to build these considerations into their approach to architecture and design.

“A sustainable approach to design and development forms the blueprint for the future of the UAE, as laid out in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President, and Ruler of Dubai,” said Dr. Abdullah Abdulla Alshamsi, Vice-Chancellor, British University in Dubai.

“Achieving this vision requires not only better management of energy resources – it also requires long-term investment in human resources, through training and education. This course will make an important contribution to equipping students with the skills necessary to pioneer new building techniques,” he added.

BUiD is playing a key role in expanding the discussion around the implementation of sustainable design principles. Its Masters Degree course in the Sustainable Design of the Built Environment has attracted a new wave of new young architects and industry practitioners.
The University is also supporting a range of original research projects around green development. Dr. Bassam Abu-Hijleh, Atkins Senior Lecturer, The British University in Dubai (BUiD) has recently outlined new research into methods for cooling buildings could be cooled without the negative environmental impacts of conventional air conditioning.

“There is a growing requirement across the construction market for sustainable innovative ideas that meet needs of the region. Given the high temperatures and challenging building conditions that developers face, original research is necessary to respond to the specific challenges of construction in the Middle East,” said Dr. Abu-Hijleh.

Professionals attending the workshop will learn about maximizing building performance, achieving LEED certification and preparing to undertake the LEED Professional Accreditation Examination in order to become a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

For more information on registration and timings please visit the BUiD website: www.buid.ac.ae.

About The British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East's first research-based, postgraduate university. The University was established to facilitate access to world-class education, training and research in the Middle East. BUiD aspires to the highest, internationally recognized British standards as reflected in its partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University and the Cass Business School at City University, London. Each has a five or five-star rating in the UK national Research Assessment Exercise that signifies research of international standard.

The not-for-profit university offers full and part-time Masters Degree programmes and Continuing Professional Development courses in Information Technology, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, Finance and Banking, Education, and IT Management.

All BUiD's current Masters Programmes have received Initial Accreditation Eligibility Status from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research's Commission for Academic Accreditation.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The Emirates Group, DUCAB, Atkins, Dubai Duty Free, Hyder Consulting, the Emirates Foundation and DUGAS are supporters of the university through financial contributions or the provision of scholarships. For further enquiries


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