BGreen Magazine » Construction The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:00:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dubai Municipality educates on new green building legislation at The Big 5 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:37:41 +0000 Lorraine  The Dubai Municipality will be presenting the latest Dubai Green Building Code at The Big 5, offering attendees the opportunity to understand more about the regulations and their impact on the industry for the future before they go-live in early 2014.

The new legislation will be mandatory for all new buildings across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The code covers a range of construction features, including building vitality, ecology, as well as energy, water and waste efficiency and effectiveness.

Information on the Dubai Green Building Project, of which the new regulations are derived, will be provided along with the rationale behind its implementation, and the role it will play in Dubai’s drive for sustainability. There will be a full outline the requirements for assessment and certification of green buildings together with a follow-up workshop that will provide more in-depth information on assessment procedures. The seminars will include a comprehensive overview of the testing procedures of products within the new regulations and the certification process.

Engineer Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General of Engineering at the Dubai Municipality, said: “The new Green Building Code will be implemented next year, and we are currently working to strengthen our efforts in educating the necessary audiences on the requirements they will have to meet.

“We are ready, our testing and certification centres are ready; we want to ensure that the industry is also ready and has access to the relevant training and information they require in advance of the launch. The Big 5 provides an excellent platform for us to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and communicate this key information.”

These free-to-attend seminars will also provide key insight into the progress of Dubai’s construction market, and the key successes and challenges, including that of meeting the increased demand for power and water that comes with the on-going growth and development.

“The new legislation from Dubai Municipality is an important step towards realising sustainable construction processes with a long-term view,” comment Andy White, group event director, The Big 5. “The Dubai construction market is one of the most active in the region and presents significant opportunities for the future, it is vital that those looking to capitalise on these fully understand the new regulations and the positive impact they will have.”

The seminars will take place on the 25 and 26 of November during The Big 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

For further information and to register for a place, please click here.

In addition to the seminars delivered by the Dubai Municipality, The Big 5 will host a number of educational platforms, with seminars and workshops focusing on key challenges and trends within the industry. Furthermore, the two-day Sustainability Design & Construction Conference will run in parallel and host a series of regional and international experts to discuss urban development, iconic architecture and present case studies of several local sustainable buildings.

Middle East Concrete and PMV Live will take place alongside The Big 5, providing insight on the latest technologies and innovations from across the concrete and plant, machinery and vehicle sectors.

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Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00:26 +0000 Lorraine Academic teams from Austria, Las Vegas and Czech Republic took the top three spots in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a global competition to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house.

Team Austria, made up of students from the Vienna University of Technology, won top honours overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house.

All the houses in the 2013 competition were built at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, US, and every house produced more energy than it consumed.

“The Solar Decathlon is inspiring and training the next generation of clean energy architects, engineers and entrepreneurs, and showing that affordable, clean energy technologies can help homeowners save money and energy today,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Each competing house was evaluated by a group of engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in energy-efficiency savings, creative design innovations, and the functionality and reliability of each system.

Since the first competition in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has provided unique training to approximately 17,000 students, preparing them to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in clean energy technology and efficient building design.


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American hardword imports increase in the MENA region Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:01:04 +0000 Lorraine According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), $45.05m of American hardwood lumber and veneer were exported to the MENA region including Pakistan during the first six months of this year.

This marks a 4% increase over the same period in 2012.

A closer look at markets across the region reveals strong demand for American hardwood lumber in the UAE (USD 3.98 million), Turkey (USD 3.59 million), Saudi Arabia (USD 3.42 million), Egypt (USD 4 million), and Pakistan (USD 3.85 million).

“A key issue for the timber industry in the MENA region is the EU Timber Regulation, which came into effect in March this year. Some of the world’s largest interior fit-out companies are based in the UAE and other Gulf countries and a number of Dubai-based joinery factories are almost totally focussed on production for countries outside the Middle East, including in the European Union. In the case of U.S. hardwoods, EUTR conformance is satisfied through the comprehensive ‘Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of U.S. Hardwood Exports’. This is significant given that the EU is a major destination for a significant amount of the joinery work being undertaken in the region, much of which features American hardwoods. Because of this and the region’s booming construction levels, we feel confident that U.S. hardwood exports to the Middle East will remain strong for the months and years ahead,” concluded Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.


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Gigantic project to treat liquid waste Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:16 +0000 Lorraine

Upcoming project to accommodate water to fill 680 Olympic-size swimming pools a day. Abu Dhabi Comparisons made by the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) related to the sewer main tunnel give some idea of the magnitude of the project.

The new sewerage network will have the ultimate capacity to accommodate enough waste water to fill 680 Olympic-size swimming pools a day, that is equivalent to an average flow of 1.7 million cubic metres a day.

The major tunnel in the project has up to 5.5 metre internal diameter that can accommodate a double ducker bus. The length of the 41-kilometre tunnel is equivalent to the distance from Abu Dhabi City to Shahama.

The tunnel is located up to 80 metres deep – equivalent to a 25-storey building underground. The 450,000 cubic metres of concrete used in the deep tunnel can also construct 180 Olympic-size swimming pools full of concrete.

The single pumping station located at the end of the tunnel at Al Wathba on the skirts of the city has the capacity of 30 cubic metres per second, which is enough to fill one Olympic-size swimming pool in one minute.

The wastewater will be moved through the deep tunnel by gravity alone to the centralised water treatment facility at Al Wathba. The waste water will then be treated and reclaimed as treated sewage effluent (TSE) for return to the urban area for irrigation purposes.

About 100% sewage is currently recycled and 60% is reused. The remaining 40% of recycled water is dumped in the sea for lack of infrastructure but that issue will be sorted out very soon, ADSSC said.

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Qatar could lead sustainable development Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:00:04 +0000 Lorraine International study commissioned by the UN Global Compact revealed that one in three CEOs are actively seeking to employ circular economy (recycling) models. Qatar is said to be well in sync with global trends.

Dr Daan Elffers, founder of EMG and  advisor with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in California, speaks about the business opportunities behind implementing CSR at this level, and the premium circular economy model Cradle to Cradle.

Netherlands, historically, has an excellent reputation for its high public awareness and advanced approach to sustainable development. It is among the first countries in the world to implement Cradle to Cradle and the circular economy on a significant scale.

“Countries such as Qatar, with their strong ambition and unique potential to make a positive contribution to both society and the environment, are in an ideal position to accelerate innovation and take the lead in transforming natural sustainability challenges into their competitive advantage,” said Elffers. “We are looking forward to engaging with Qatari organisations to further streamline these ambitions into tangible results.”

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High rise Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:00:06 +0000 Lorraine KONE has been listed as the world’s most innovative companies for the three consecutive years by Forbes magazine. KONE, which manufactures, installs, maintains and modernises elevators and escalators, has just launched UltraRope™ which allows elevators to travel up to 1,000 metres for the first time

Established in 1910, the Finnish company is leading elevator and escalator production across the world, with around 40,000 employees, and annual net sales of $8.5bn in 2012. Since arriving in the Middle East in the 1980s, KONE has contributed to many of the region’s most high profile construction projects, including the Princess Tower in Dubai – the world’s tallest residential building – the award winning Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, and The Clock Tower in Makkah. KONE UltraRopeTM provides ecoefficiency, reliability and durability, while also improving elevator performance.With the growth of tall buildings, KONE set about solving one of the oldest problems in skyscraper design. Existing steel elevator ropes have disadvantages: high energy consumption, rope stretch, large moving masses, and downtime caused by building sway. So the search was on for a lighter, more economic elevator cable and by designing the solution, KONE came up with a second huge benefit. Length and weight of steel elevator cables prevented single shaft lifts from travelling much above 500-600 metres but the new carbon fibre UltraRopeTM has now made the 1km vertical journey a reality. UltraRopeTM includes a robust carbon-fibre core with a high-friction coating. KONE was the first company to introduce the machine-room-less elevator in 1996, the MonoSpace®. At the heart of this product, was the newly developed EcoDisc® hoisting machine, which is a very compact and energy efficient motor. Further development of the EcoDisc® machine, together with new technologies, such as the regenerative drive and LED lighting, have further improved the ecoefficiency of KONE elevators. KONE has cut the energy consumption of its volume elevator products by over 70% from 2008 to 2012. Another breakthrough innovation loved by construction companies is the JumpLift, a self-climbing elevator, which can be used during construction time to transport people and goods, even before the building has been topped out.

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Downtown Doha regeneration project Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:00:10 +0000 Lorraine Msheireb Properties, Qatar sustainable real estate developer, showcased its pioneering regeneration of Doha’s historical commercial centre through its $5.4bn Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) project at Cityscape Global 2013.

Billed as the world’s first sustainable regeneration of a major downtown area, Msheireb Downtown Doha aims to recapture Qatar’s heritage and traditional architectural techniques that have been largely overlooked amidst rapid economic development across the Gulf. Msheireb Downtown Doha also represents a blueprint for the way urban centres can be redeveloped and conserved by combining traditional building principles with modern sustainable technologies and know-how.

“We hope Msheireb Downtown Doha will inspire countries around the world to sustainably regenerate urban areas as a viable alternative to the energy-intensive development of Greenfield sites. It is also a tangible representation of how a city can preserve its architectural heritage and create a distinctive identity away from steel and glass skyscrapers that are so prevalent around the world,” said Eng. Abdullah Hassan Al-Mehshadi, CEO, Msheireb Properties.

When complete, the 31-hectare mixed use development will comprise more than 100 buildings, with dedicated areas for commercial, residential, retail, cultural offerings and entertainment. The project also involves the restoration of four heritage houses which will be converted to cultural museums. Parking and service corridors have been incorporated across several underground levels to encourage pedestrians. All buildings in the development will target an average Gold rating under the LEED certification system meaning MDD will have the highest concentration of LEED certified buildings in the world.

“The new centre of Doha will be a shining example of how architecture can be a driver of social and environmental change anywhere in the world. We believe that the project is also testament to Qatar’s position as the leader in the field of sustainable, culturally sensitive urban development,” Al Mehshadi said.

Construction on MDD began in 2010 and work is currently underway on all phases.


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Trio of sustainability Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:25:31 +0000 Lorraine Nakheel unveiled a trio of sustainability at Cityscape Global 2013. The innovative, waterfront destination will bring world-class tourism, cultural, business and residential facilities to Dubai. 

The projects are endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Speaking at Cityscape Global, Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said:  “Nakheel has already delivered some of the world’s most famous landmark developments, including Palm Jumeirah and The World. Now, by applying the innovative design and engineering that we are known for, we are creating a new range of unique, unforgettable destinations that will further cement Dubai as a global tourism, retail and business hub and contribute significantly to  Dubai’s economy – for decades to come.”

The three projects, currently in design phase, are:

Deira project

The Deira project is a four-island, mixed-use waterfront destination development, master planned by Nakheel, that will add more than 40km (including 21km of beachfront) to Dubai’s existing coastline and provide infrastructure for the development of dozens of hotels and resorts, serviced apartments, retail centres and individual homes.

“This project will contribute significantly to the Government of Dubai’s tourism strategy. Nakheel intends to offer special payment plans and incentives for hotels to develop on these new islands,” said Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah.

Nakheel itself will develop the whole of the south island, creating a unique creek side destination.  The island, easily accessible by road bridges or abras running to and from the mainland, includes a range of attractions:

  • A night market designed in the style of a traditional Arabic souk, with more than 1,400 retail units and restaurants, and a number of anchor stores;
  • A 250-room hotel;
  • An amphitheatre – capacity 30,000 people – for concerts and events;
  • A creek marina to accommodate large yachts, and a range of additional marinas offering mooring facilities directly outside residences
  • Extensive shaded, green space

The island will also have a number of waterfront plots for hotels, resorts and serviced apartments.

The other three islands will feature hotels, resorts and residential, commercial and retail units.  Nakheel will master plan and complete infrastructure work ready for third party development on each island.

The Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah

Nakheel will transform the 11km crescent that protects Palm Jumeirah into a bustling destination for walking, shopping and dining, creating a new focus for the already world-famous island.  The Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk will run the entire length of the crescent, with a pier, stretching 100 metres into the Arabian Gulf, at either end.

Nakheel will create the Boardwalk by building over the rocks of the Palm’s breakwater.  The Boardwalk will be six metres wide – more than double the width of the existing crescent path – with more than 20 concessions offering refreshments and souvenirs throughout its 11km length.

The Boardwalk will include an East and West Pier – each stretching 100 metres out to sea offering extensive views of the Arabian Gulf, Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline.  The piers will each feature a range of glass-encased cafes and restaurants.

West Beach Development, Palm Jumeirah

Nakheel’s new West Beach at Palm Jumeirah will stretch for 1.5 km along the Palm’s western trunk, providing another new destination for the Palm’s residents and visitors.

A shaded park and promenade, with retail kiosks and amenities such as children’s play areas, will run the entire length West Beach. There will also be an exclusive high-end beach club facility featuring a low-rise, single-storey complex of 14 waterfront restaurants, outdoor seating deck, lounge, gym, swimming pool and party terrace.

West Beach will also have parking for around 340 cars and nine buses.

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Empower promotes eco-friendly cooling systems at Cityscape Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:54:14 +0000 Lorraine Yesterday at Cityscape 2013, Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), emphasised the energy savings that district cooling can provide developers. The CEO urged district cooling providers to implement sustainable solutions across their projects.

Bin Shafar said: “In a typical residential unit, for instance, district cooling systems can cut energy usage by 40 to 45 per cent, compared to traditional climate control systems.”

By centralising cool-air production for large-scale real estate master developments instead of installing outmoded individual units in each building, district cooling could provide energy-efficient cooling. The centralised system has a lower capital investment and operating costs, thus reduces air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building.

Bin Shafar added.  “Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings.”

Empower, district cooling service provider in the region, is a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (TECOM) Investments. Earlier this year, it announced a new district cooling plant which is the first to implement the Dubai Executive Council’s guidelines on environmental sustainability. Located in Dubai Business Bay, it will provide residential and commercial towers with 50,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT) of cooling, with an output of 10,000 RT through thermal storage.

An ideal environmentally friendly cooling solution, the new plant will only require 0.9 KW to produce one RT of cooling, compared to traditional non-district cooling systems that require up to 1.8 KW of energy every hour.



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DEWA’s green vision Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:18:19 +0000 Lorraine HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) confirmed that DEWA is working to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 which aims to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021, and to implement the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative. DEWA aims to consolidate the foundations of sustainable development by facilitating and supporting various initiatives to promote green technologies, to increase energy efficiency, encourage conservation of natural resources, and reduce carbon footprint, one of the hallmarks of the shift to a green economy.

Al Tayer was addressing a conference organised by the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates (FBC). The event was held at DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, the largest sustainable government building in the world. The conference addressed a number of key topics including green buildings, energy efficiency and sustainability, and water desalination technologies.

Al Tayer said: “DEWA supports a wide variety of initiatives to enhance sustainable solutions. This also complements the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030, through the adoption of energy efficiency initiatives. The implementation of this strategy will strengthen Dubai’s leading position in energy security, and efficiency, and support a green economy and sustainable development, which emerges from the clear vision of the government.

“DEWA has also achieved significant savings in energy consumption, by adopting environmentally friendly technology in the production of electricity and water, as well as launching a number of initiatives that have contributed to the high rates of savings in the consumption of electricity and water to save resources for a better tomorrow.”

“In line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, DEWA has succeeded in raising the efficiency of our plants by 26% from 2006 to 2012, and increased production capacity by 450 MW without using more fuel, by using successfully tested technologies in exchange for a minimal cost compared to the costs involved in installing new plants. In terms of green buildings, we work in cooperation with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and a number of private sector companies to retrofit over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate of Dubai to make them more sustainable. The two-phase project, at a cost of AED10 billion, as the adoption of green building standards in Dubai, will become mandatory starting the beginning of 2014,” concluded Al Tayer.


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