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Dubai Municipality educates on new green building legislation at The Big 5

 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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Ford’s new battery lab sparks innovation

Ford Motor Co., US’s state of Michigan and the University of Michigan are teaming up to establish a unique $8m battery lab at the university’s Energy Institute. The new facility for prototyping, testing, and analysing batteries and the materials that go into them is expected to accelerate development of Michigan’s battery supply chain and enable rapid progress toward climate-friendly transportation.

The new lab will bring together materials scientists and engineers, as well as suppliers and manufacturers, to ease a bottleneck in battery development.

Ted Miller, who manages Ford’s battery research, said, “We need to be able to test hundreds of chemistries and cell designs, but they have to be tests that can translate from the lab to the production line.”

“Ford has battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, but nothing this far upstream,” said Miller. “This is sorely needed and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”

Energy storage is a limiting technology for vehicles powered by batteries. The new lab will enable the development of cost-effective, light-weight, high-energy-density batteries.

“This kind of collaboration is essential to addressing complex challenges like sustainable energy and efficient transportation. I want to thank our campus leaders, MEDC and Ford for having such a singular focus on developing solutions to such challenging energy issues,” said University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, announcing the establishment of the new lab on Monday.

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Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013

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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Dubai launches its first State of Energy Report 2014

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) has unveiled the first edition of the State of the Energy Report. 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, and the UAE Vision 2021, the report aims to build a collaborative platform to enable a knowledge economy to spur growth of both green and sustainable development.

This publication was unveiled yesterday for the World Energy Day falling on October 22.

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, inaugurated the report on the occasion of the EXPO 2020 Theme Symposium, which is a major milestone in the bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“We are pleased to launch the first edition of the State of Energy Report 2014, which describes our way forward to build a green future for generations to come. First and foremost, this report is a reference for all the necessary knowledge and best practices for the energy sector. It provides the basis for a knowledge economy, which will be one of the main factors for the successful achievement of the vision of our wise leadership to transform Dubai into a Smart City,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy.

By encouraging green investment and green growth, the UAE is becoming a leading green and sustainable economy in the region and the world.

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KSA to launch environment programme in schools

Saudi Environment Society (SENS) will launch an environment programme in schools throughout Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Arab countries. The programme will be a collaboration between international organisations and the Ministry of Education.

Eight programmes will focus on solid waste management, coastal line and ocean preservation, electricity consumption, industrial waste management, environmental safety, recycling, water consumption, climate change and air pollution. The special programmes will educate students about the environment, with two hours every day dedicated to allow students to take part in an extra curricular activities.

SENS recently concluded the first workshop on water conservation with the participation of seven Arab countries. The workshop was held within the framework of the National Programme for the Environment and Sustainable Development with the aim of establishing environmental programs in schools. The workshop was organised with the cooperation of the National Water Company and the Ministry of Education.

The society is building upon its practical experience to launch a full-fledged academic programme that can be applied across the country’s schools. It has successfully introduced the programme in 60 schools in Jeddah and another 60 schools in Najran.

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Solar panels soon available at IKEA

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

“In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now,” IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. “It’s the right time to go for the consumers.”

The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.

“If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years,” he said.

Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase.

Howard said IKEA aims to launch the products in other countries eventually. It picked Britain as its test market because it has the right combination of mid-level electricity prices and government-sponsored financial incentives that make investing in solar energy attractive to consumers.

“This is a market by market decision,” he said.

The U.K. government offers private solar panel owners the opportunity to sell back electricity to the grid on days when they have surplus production and has a financing plan for solar power investments, which means residents can buy a system for no upfront cost and pay it off gradually.


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