BGreen Magazine » Construction The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:21:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Burj Al Arab recognised for seven-star sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:40:26 +0000 Lorraine The luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been awarded international Green Globe Certification (GGC) following a comprehensive sustainability audit conducted by Dubai-based consultancy Farnek, GGC’s preferred partner in the Middle East.

Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab consists of 202 duplex suites with personal butler service, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce and helicopter airport transfers. The hotel can now add the Green Globe certification to its long list of accolades, proving that luxury can be green.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition that reinforces our commitment to sustainable practices”, said Heinrich Morio, General Manager at Burj Al Arab. “The certificate is a testament to Burj Al Arab’s dedication to ensuring that green policies are at the heart of our business and that they are an essential part of our long-term business strategy”.

Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek added: “For over a decade the stunning sail-shaped hotel has been an iconic symbol of modern Dubai and its flourishing hospitality industry. Now, with the Green Globe award, the Burj Al Arab has been recognised for its seven-star sustainability”.

Burj Al Arab impressed throughout all areas of the operational audit. In particular, the hotel excelled in water usage reduction, grey water recycling, as well as in managing its energy output by regulating room temperature in the suites and carbon footprint.

The hotel’s environmental efforts were also praised.  Its Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project – launched in 2004 in close collaboration between the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, Jumeirah Group, Central Veterinary Research Laboratory and a team of specialised veterinarians – has helped to return hundreds of sea turtles back into the wild, with many fitted with satellite tags to allow marine biologists further insight into their migratory patterns.

Others areas that came under the scrutiny of the Green Globe audit included health and safety, human resource development, training, procurement and waste management.

Apart from the sea turtle rehabilitation centre, the hotel management team encourages colleague participation in other local community initiatives such as breast cancer awareness, beach clean-ups and mobile phone collections.


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DEWA receives Ethiopian Prime Minister at WFES 2014 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:30:54 +0000 Lorraine A high-profile delegation from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) stand at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and organised in Abu Dhabi from 20-22 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, received the delegation which was headed by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The delegation was accompanied by HE Dr Abdullah bin Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.

The Ethiopian delegation viewed a model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one the largest renewable energy projects in the region and will generate 1,000MW upon completion in 2030, totalling 5% of Dubai’s total power output.

Waleed Salman provided the delegation with an overview of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which aims to diversify the energy mix to comprise a mix of natural gas (71%), nuclear power (12%), clean coal (12%), and solar energy (5%), and reducing demand for energy by 30% by 2030.

DEWA also participated in the Sustainable Living Expo being held on the side-lines of WFES. Sultan Al Zaabi, Project Manager of Conservation, Outreach and Engagement at DEWA delivered a presentation on DEWA’s sustainable campaigns and initiatives aimed at achieving its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, and supporting the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Zaabi emphasised the significance of designing special campaigns to communicate the conservation and awareness messages to the various community segments effectively. He highlighted the Neighbourhood Campaign, which aims to spread environmental awareness using innovative and creative means. The campaign recorded an overwhelming participation from the community members.

Al Zaabi demonstrated the initiatives and campaigns which were designed for particular community segments such as the ‘Conservation Award’ themed ‘For a Better Tomorrow’ for the educational sector, ‘Best Consumer Award’ and ‘Be Water Smart’ campaign.


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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:30:05 +0000 Lorraine The first LEED Platinum certified office building in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated yesterday (Jan 22).

Electrical engineering giant Siemens’ new Middle East headquarters, which will accommodate 800 employees, is at Masdar City adjacent to the Masdar Institute.

Architect David Ardill, of Sheppard Robson, won a competition 30 month before to design the building, which uses 50 per cent less energy than a similar sized conventional building. The distinctive façade is dominated by aluminium shades over the windows, each individually designed to provide 100% shading to 95% of glazed surfaces.

Ardill explained how the original design brief has been met to redue energy demand by 65% and water by 50%.

Inside Herald Waiti, Siemens ME head of SRE, explained how there are ‘practically no internatl light switches’ and that everything is controlled through movement sensors. “Desk lamps are light sensitive and dim according to the amount of external light coming through the windows,” he explained.

Waiti even joked how at night time someone could run through an empty office and be followed in a trail of light. ‘I have tried it,’ he joked with assembled journalists.

The opening ceremony was attended by board membrs from Siemans AG – including Michael Suess and Roland Busch – Dr Al Jaber and shareholders of Siemens in the UAE and dignitaries from Abu Dhabi.

In a statement Siemans said: “The company’s strategic partnership with Masdar extends far beyond the opening of a new office and is in line with Abu Dhabi’s National Vision 2030.”

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Delta Faucet Company receives Estidama recognition Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:30:54 +0000 Lorraine Delta Faucet Company, manufacturers of residential and commercial products, has successful registered with Estidama, the sustainable building and construction standard authority in Abu Dhabi, to help boost sustainable design in the UAE.

Delta® brand products will now be featured on the Estidama Villa Product Database (EVPD) which is compliant with the Pearl Villa Rating System (PVRS) requirements. The database, created to help villa owners, consultants, contractors, assessors and other relevant stakeholders, will allow them to choose from products that encourage water use efficiency.  The Delta® brand has placed a high priority on products that address today’s environment concerns such as accessibility to water, water conservation and water quality.

Ross Jackson, General Manager Delta Faucet Company, said: “There has been a genuine drive in the region to encourage sustainability in all areas of development.  The determination comes from the eminent water crisis that looms over the region due to population growth and the depletion of our groundwater reserves. For this very reason, project developers and contractors are taking more and more strides to ensure that they are using the right water fixtures that are both modern and help them meet their conservation needs. Now that we have been recognised by Estidama, information about our innovative product range will be available to everyone so they do not have to compromise on experience whilst conserving water.”

The EVPD will be accessible by all who are involved in villa projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including but not limited to villa owners, consultants, contractors, assessors, municipality inspectors, etc.


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H.E. Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi Inaugurates Intermat Middle East Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:08:57 +0000 Lorraine The third annual Intermat Middle East – the region’s largest exhibition for construction equipment, machinery and materials – commenced yesterday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in UAE. The event will go on for three days beginning with an official exhibition opening and tour was led by His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works (MOPW), UAE.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works, UAE, said: “With Dubai winning the Expo 2020 and the construction industry expected to boom again, Intermat Middle East is an excellent platform to expand our network and meet some of the biggest, most well- known and reputable organisations in the construction industry. Having accumulated a wealth of experience over the years, Intermat Middle East brings together companies providing construction equipment, machinery and materials from across the world that are not only cost-effective but also technologically enhanced.”

Maryvonne Lanoë, Intermat’s exhibition director, said: “We are extremely pleased to once again have the support of the Ministry of Public Works and the Department of Municipal Affairs. 2013 was not the biggest year in market history for the GCC area, despite the growth seen in promising countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq. However, the announcement of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai has already fuelled the market with orders for road building, sewerage works, transport, and tourism infrastructure.

“The market for equipment and machinery will naturally benefit from this upward trend.  Consequently, with this year’s show taking place at the start of the year, it is an essential place to be for anyone who wants to “go shopping” on the equipment market and plan ahead for all the new construction projects. Also, once again this year we are conducting a hosted buyers programme, which aims to attract around 100 decision makers from across the GCC region – these are particularly attentive to the launch of new products in the area.”

The Hosted Buyers Programme is a prestigious networking platform, which makes it easy for top buyers to attend the show, maximising the sales potential for the exhibitors. Hosted buyers from across the GCC were invited to the UAE by the organisers to discover the best machinery, materials and equipment from across the world.

In addition to providing developers with networking opportunities, a series of workshops is also organised in conjunction with the exhibition, which will see speakers focusing on topics such as: major infrastructure projects, regulations, health & safety, design, sustainability, construction materials and machinery.

Participating exhibitors include: SDMO, BOBCAT – Kanoo Machinery, CIFA, LIUGONG, Middle East Cranes Eq. (Hitachi-Sumitomo), Powerscreen, Sennebogen Maschinenfabrik GmbH 551, Yongzhou Yixiang Machinery & Equipment, Sung Won Heavy Machinery, Nooteboom Trailers BV, Ultratrex Machinery SDN, and BHD.


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Glenbeigh inaugurates AED 25m facility in DWC Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:00:52 +0000 Lorraine Last Thursday, Glenbeigh Records Management (GRM) has officially opened its facility at Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, in the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, and the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who is visiting the UAE as part of a trade mission to the Middle East. The event took place during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “The UAE and Ireland have excellent business relations and what makes our partnership with Glenbeigh even more significant is that it represents a decisive step towards strengthening business and economic ties with Ireland as a whole. We aim to encourage more Irish enterprises to discover the wealth of opportunities that await them in DWC, the Dubai and the whole of the UAE.”

The firm has invested AED 25 million in a 70,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility located in DWC, designed and built by its sister company Glenbeigh Construction. The site offers storage solutions and advanced security systems guaranteed to protect corporate information assets.

Philip Earle, Founder and Chairman, Glenbeigh Group, said: “We expect to see significant growth in revenue over the next few years, enabling the company to create jobs for the local Emirati population, as well as generate an anticipated 25 jobs in Ireland as a result of our Middle East expansion. We have already been able to hire a number of new Irish employees across the wider Glenbeigh Group who have been involved in the design and construction of the DWC facility and we look forward to further developing ties between the two countries.”

Speaking at the official opening of Glenbeigh’s new headquarters in Dubai, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It is very exciting to see an Irish company like Glenbeigh Records Management achieve so much in such a competitive market. This company continues to impress and grow their business, expanding their client base and broadening their market reach. I greatly welcome their success and their commitment to creating new jobs in Ireland. I extend every good wish to them for continued success.”


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Empower discusses US-UAE trade ties with US Consul General Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:24:47 +0000 Lorraine Empower, a district cooling provider in the Middle East, has received the US Consul General, His Excellency Robert Waller in a move to further boost US-UAE trade relations.

Both parties discussed the need for boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise within the energy and industrial sectors in the UAE and the US. In addition to promoting US exports to the UAE, the aim of the meeting was to discuss ways of increasing UAE investment in the US and bolstering bilateral trade.

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “The meeting between Empower and the US Consular team proved to be inspirational and further strengthened the already strong trade relations between our two countries, particularly in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.

“With Empower being the first Middle Eastern board member of the International District Energy Association and in light of Dubai being elected as host city of the World Expo 2020, this meeting between the US Consul delegation and the Empower team has significant strategic value.”

Dubai has seen a surge in both foreign and domestic investment and efficient government spending has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world class business and tourism destination.

Accompanied by Robert Bannerman, Foreign Commercial Attaché at the US Consulate in Dubai, Robert Waller praised Dubai’s development as a global business hub. Waller described the emirate as a business model for the entire Middle East region, due to the long-term vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


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QGBC continues regional outreach at Green Building Congress in Dubai Sun, 05 Jan 2014 10:36:57 +0000 Lorraine A Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) delegation recently participated in the Emirates Green Building Council’s (EGBC) second Annual Congress in Dubai, to meet regional counterparts and showcase its Passivhaus ‘Baytna’ Project.

The QGBC delegation discussed potential collaborations on projects and events with Saudi Arabian and UAE counterparts, and engaged in a round table discussion about the green building movement in the Middle East and North Africa region. A summary of the current situation in each of the countries represented by delegates was given in relation to the other countries in the MENA Region.

“The round table discussion was hugely valuable,” said Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, “As we shared each country’s achievements in the hope of finding good examples that could be replicated in other countries. We also discussed legislation, subsidy, education and financial incentives in order to find the one area that would benefit most from the sustainable building sector. And finally, we looked to the future as well as the important developments for our industry for 2014.”

Eng. Al Shamari added, “The EGBC Congress once again succeeded in facilitating a platform for us as a region to address the pressing issues around green standards to determine what is needed to grow the sustainable building sector. With the UAE hosting the World Expo in 2020 and Qatar the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the demands on materials alongside a region-wide focus on infrastructure makes it an optimum time to address green building in our region. ”

During the event, the QGBC team delivered a presentation about the Qatar Case Study, Passivhaus ‘Baytna’ Project. With partners, Kahramaa and Barwa Real Estate, the Passivhaus study seeks to establish if an eco-friendly villa can be a viable building option. Through the construction and subsequent operation of a Passivhaus villa and a Business As Usual (BAU) villa the project’s initial data showed a small increase in capital cost during construction of the Passivhaus compared with a BAU villa, offset against a 50% reduction in water and energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

“As part of QGBC’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness levels and disseminate education on green building we sought to continue our outreach to green building councils in the MENA region at the EGBC Annual Congress, which also offered us an invaluable opportunity to see the achievements and activities of the other green building councils in the region,” added Eng. Al Shamari.

Under the theme, “Building a Green Future”, the EGBC Congress is dedicated to fostering industry dialogue and stakeholder engagement to further influence sustainable practice in the built environment. The EGBC Congress, aimed at accelerating activities across the entire building supply chain, works towards achieving a Green Economy for Sustainable Development by sharing the latest insights from local and international industry experts.


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Increase in building projects highlights the need for more sustainable FM Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:09:45 +0000 Lorraine Growing in tandem with the region’s population and following government directives to increase business and tourism, extensive construction in the region is fuelling the need for smarter and more sustainable cities and communities. As a central part of this task, the creation and maintenance of sustainable, cost efficient buildings, has brought natural synergy between three core industry sectors: facilities management, waste and cleaning.

As a medium to support the accelerated growth in these sectors, while showcasing sustainable and cost-efficient products, services and technologies from around the world, two niche trade events, Middle East Waste & Recycling and Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene, will debut in May 2014. The events aim to facilitate dialogue between government bodies, developers, architects, contractors and facilities managers, set to take place alongside the well-established FM EXPO and launched by the region’s leading event for construction, The Big 5.

Andy White, Group Event Director, said: “At the core of sustainability in the built environment lies, what most industry leaders dub as, an ‘integrated design approach’, where architects, building contractors, project managers, facility managers, cleaning contractors and waste management teams need to be involved at the outset. These events therefore underscore this by bringing these key stakeholders together to see the latest innovations and discuss ways to combat challenges within the industry.”

Recent announcements, including the new Green Building Codes from Dubai Municipality, provide clear indications on the direction the industry must move in, embracing sustainable construction across a range of sectors and applications. The new events, together with the return of FM EXPO will provide a much needed platform for discussion between regulators and the private sector, as well as access to new solutions and technologies.

The events will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 19-21, 2014. Beyond its role as a showcase for the industries on the exhibition floor, the events will also host a range of educational forums. The renowned World FM Congress will return for its third year, with Middle East Waste & Recycling hosting a dedicated conference and a number of free-to-attend seminars onsite.

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Dubailand’s Sustainable City project out for tender ‘in February 2014′ Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:54:04 +0000 Lorraine Diamond Developers will issue a $82 million contract for construction within their $299 million Sustainable City project in Dubailand, UAE, according to a report on our sister website Big Project.

“We will be issuing a tender for the construction of a school, a university and a planetarium by February next year,” said Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers .The company will also construct 500 villas in the development.Set for completion in 2015, Dubai Sustainable City is expected to feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000 square foot-long water canal with a tourist minaret. At least 20% of the construction area is planned to be built with eco-friendly materials. The project will also feature 600,000sqft. of solar farms, which will provide for 50% of the cooling energy in the development.Saeed also added that all sewage water will be recycled, and homeowners will not be charged for services, community fees and maintenance fees for their villas. The community centre and retail wing are expected to generate enough income to cover expenses.

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