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Hörmann Middle East to display sliding doors at the Big 5

Hörmann Middle East, industrial, commercial and residential door manufacturer will have one of the largest stands at Big 5 this year displaying the latest technology and designs in garage doors, entrance doors, fire doors and smoke-tight door assemblies, industrial doors and loading technology, at its 168 sq. meters stand.

Darius Khanloo, Managing Director of Hörmann Middle East, said: “Our newest product on display will be the Rollmatic Rolling grille. With its compact design, it is the ideal solution for store grilles in confined spaces.

“Also new to this region are environmentally sustainable Industrial Sectional Doors. They are made of aluminum and are scratch resistant. Our range of industrial, commercial and residential doors which will be displayed at Big 5 will give customers an unmatched experience of the latest technology and advancements in safety, aesthetic design and quality.

“We will also highlight to our customers the Fire and Smoke-Tight Sliding Doors and Multi-Purpose Sliding Doors. They are made of steel and stainless steel. Our multi-functional doors are characterised by their matching appearance which is an advantage for architects and building owners.”

All Hörmann fire rated steel doors are approved by the UAE Civil Defense and Civil Defenses in Qatar and Oman.



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Qatar could lead sustainable development

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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Lighting industry trends and challenges in the Middle East

The LED lighting business used to be focussed on retrofit lamps, however today all types of lighting products are available in LED, from landscape lighting and street lighting to high powered applications and even architectural decorative lighting.

“There’s a shift in market trends. LED lighting has become the norm for newly developed projects. In the past, LEDs were mainly used as retrofit lamps to reduce power consumption by replacing conventional lamps,” said Sanuj Kohli, Group Executive Director of LEME Group. “Owners, designers and consultants realise the importance of LED luminaries from the start of a project.”

Operation costs are increasing for many large corporate entities and hotels. The cost involved in changing conventional lamps every 3,000 hours is far greater that the additional cost of LED luminaries and they last 35,000 hours. In fact, newly developed projects are using LEDs from the start, since the cost per lamp has reduced over the years. The ROI is achieved in a matter of months rather than years and the power saving is more than 50-90%. Therefore, energy becomes the most important factor in today’s management decision-making when it comes to revenue and cost saving.

LED Chips are becoming cheaper as LEDs are used in a number of applications from the automotive industry and telecommunication sector to consumer electronics, in addition to lighting. This year, LED pricing continues to decrease as demand for LED chips increase. This is because more and more projects are moving towards LEED certification and people are becoming more energy conscious.

Abu Dhabi has one of the highest rates of per capita carbon footprint in the region. Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) recently announced that the total electricity consumption in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi increased by 10% to 43,250 GWh last year with the Abu Dhabi region accounting for 64% of total consumption.

We have noticed a number of LED companies establishing offices in the UAE and the Middle East in general, since a number of projects, especially in the hospitality sector, are set for completion within the next 2-3 years. Technological advances have allowed LED lighting to become more powerful to be used for a wider spectrum of applications such as flood lighting, street lighting and high power replacements for metal halide. Today’s LED chips allow us to provide a broader spectrum of solutions to end users.

Dimming lighting solutions have been widely used to create an ambience, also known as mood lighting. LEDs have always failed to achieve a particular colour temperature or capability of dimming especially when complicated leading edge dimmers are used. However both LED lighting and chip set manufactures have developed a number of LEDs to overcome these issues. LEDs can dim up to 95% without flickering.

Sensor lighting (when lights turn on and off as you enter or leave a room) has become popular in many commercial buildings, since this reduces power consumption completely in corridor lighting. LEDs work with a number of sensors and transformers.

The issue faced in the LED lighting business today is once the luminaire is sold there is no return business for at least two years since LEDs last upto 8-10 times longer than conventional lighting. A few years ago, the challenge was educating the market and end users that although LEDs are more expensive than traditional lighting, they are more beneficial in the long run and the ROI is achieved within a short period of time.

The more awareness government bodies create to ensure we save energy, the more people realise the importance of LED lighting. For example, similar to Europe’s ban years ago, Qatar has planned to phase out incandescent lamps by starting off with high powered incandescent, giving us the opportunity to supply LED lights to replace these in number of projects in Qatar

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Downtown Doha regeneration project

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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Materialistically green

Vishnu Sankaran speaks to Lorraine Bangera about the progress of green materials used in the construction industry around the GCC region, their sustainable features and also the criteria for their evaluation

Even though the demand for green buildings and materials remained standard during the global recession, the market seems to be showing potential growth in the upcoming years. The need for green materials will be driven by a combination of policies and regulations that prioritise energy efficiency and green design, the expansion of voluntary certification programmes, cost reductions, and consumer demand.
Vishnu Sankaran, Associate Director and Head, Chemicals Practice, Middle East and North Africa, Frost & Sullivan says, “Construction materials could be considered sustainable when the raw materials are obtained locally so that companies are able to save money, create local green jobs and improve their overall environmental footprint. The pricing of green construction materials should also be at par with traditional materials so that consumers are able to reap economic benefits of using green materials within a short and defined time frame.”

Green growth in GCC markets
“The GCC is the fastest developing region in terms of infrastructure and the rising emphasis on sustainable construction practices, lower carbon footprint, and reduced wastage has fuelled the use of green construction materials,” says Sankaran. “Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have already established green building councils to address sustainability issues.” He adds, “Within the GCC, more than 75% of the total construction investments are made by the regional government bodies. Their increasing appetite to shift away from being an oil-driven economy and diversify their non-oil sectors (such as tourism), followed by industrial expansion have been the main driver for green materials.”
Currently the green material market in the GCC is experiencing a massive growth, with a number of government initiatives marking a change in the field. Despite the fact suppliers have developed a healthy relationship with government entities, a large portion of the private and SMEs in the construction arena remain untapped. This gives way to extensive prospects which could help market players and offer greater opportunities for revenue generation.
“The economic, social and environmental benefits of using green materials are expected to be realised by consumers in the next five years,” notes Sankaran. Still recovering from the recession which decreased foreign investments in construction sector and restricted the adoption of green materials, the GCC economy is gradually creating a competitive environment to supersede the market with green initiatives. Consumer awareness on environment and health has also been addressed resulting in business opportunities for green material suppliers.
Sankaran states, “Total market size of green materials (paints, concrete, insulation and flooring) in the GCC in 2012 was estimated at US$17.9 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% by 2016. Green concrete accounted for around 85% of the green materials market, in terms of revenue.”
According to Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Analysis of Green Materials in the GCC Construction Sector, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE remain top countries for investment in green construction given their thriving population and colossal expansions in terms of infrastructure. Emphasising on green materials like concrete, insulation, paints and flooring, the report also states that the green material market revenue would reach an estimated $22.97 billion in 2016.

Picking up momentum
Suppliers of green material can increase market share by distinguishing themselves in terms of quality and pricing, mainly in less competitive segments such as flooring and insulation. “Companies must look to comply with the requirements of local green body councils and design products specific to the rating system for maximum sustainability points,” advises Sankaran. “Since regional governments are the largest investors in construction, producing solutions suited to their needs will ensure profitability.”
Market growth can be sustained for a longer period of time by continuous initiatives to help improve consumer awareness on the economic, social and environmental benefits of green materials. Some leading paint, ceramic companies in the region are also creating awareness among end-users regarding the benefits of green materials, thereby driving demand. Sankaran points out that most GCC countries have set up green building councils which overlook the issue of sustainability in the region. While most of the council bodies follow LEED rating system, Abu Dhabi follows ESTIDAMA (PEARL) Rating system that ensures effective planning, design, construction and operation of sustainable development projects.
“ESTIDAMA and its PEARL rating system take into account the unique cultural, climatic and economic development needs of Abu Dhabi,” explains Sankaran. “One of the key features of ESTIDAMA rating system is the high emphasis on water conservation when compared to LEED and BREEAM (followed in UK), which is highly essential in the whole of GCC. In the near future, making it mandatory for the government funded construction projects to achieve a minimum LEED or ESTIDAMA credit rating should be one of the necessary steps in ensuring the growth of sustainable construction practices in the region.”

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ecoConstruct Expo returns in April

ecoConstruct Expo, hosted alongside Cityscape Abu Dhabi, provides an opportunity for the region’s consultants, contractors and architects to source sustainable building/construction solutions, showcase  their eco-friendly building and infrastructure products.

According to lan Robertson, CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle MENA, “The foundations are being laid for a recovery from 2014, with a number of major infrastructure projects scheduled to start later this year. We also expect the real-estate in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai to benefit from increased economic activity between the UAE and East Asia, specifically China and South Korea, as well as sub Saharan Africa and Australia.”

The latest figures from Ventures ONSITE show that the UAE has a number of projects planned, under tender, under construction or on hold, of US$900,953 million.  Similarly, project values for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are US$673,490 million, Qatar US$108,063 million and
Kuwait US$142,924 million.

This outlook sets the platform for Cityscape Abu Dhabi and ecoConstruct Expo 2013, held on 16 -18 April at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

As one of the world’s leading business-to-business real-estate events, Cityscape’s portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, round tables, seminars, and business breakfast events brings together key industry decision makers, international investors, developers, architects, designers and consultants.

According to recent reports, developers across the region are focusing on the impact of sustainability and green construction concepts on their profits and cost savings targets. Energy audits have shown that energy bills can be reduced by up to 20% through good design and the use of sustainable materials.

Adnan Sharafi Chairman of  Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) explains, ‘’The construction industry in the region is witnessing robust growth, and emerging from the challenges faced in the last few years, the sector now has a renewed focus on sustainability and quality. Industry stakeholders seek materials and processes that will not only help optimise resource use efficiency, but also contribute to cost and energy savings in the long run. Through our participation at Cityscape Abu Dhabi and ecoConstruct Expo 2013, Emirates Green Building Council is underlining its commitment to promoting best practices in sustainability in the built environment, in line with the green vision for the UAE.”

As steady growth is being witnessed within the industry, this focus on preservation and quality will benefit everyone from the Developer to the end-user.

“Being the region’s leading event focusing on green sustainability, ecoConstruct Expo has a crucial role to play in what is an ever-increasing priority for the building industry,” offered Chris Speller, Commercial Director, Informa. “Together with Cityscape Abu Dhabi, the Expo is perfectly aligned to provide a holistic view of one of the region’s key economic sectors.”


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