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Transformational Shifts For A Greener Future

In this month’s issue, the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council, Saeed Al Abbar, discusses the transformational shifts towards a greener future.

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There is a bright and cleaner future with renewable energy. Now, world leaders and private institutions are working together to make it happen. Even oil and gas companies have incorporated renewable energy in their technologies to help contribute to making our world safer for everyone.

In this month’s issue, the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council, Saeed Al Abbar, discusses the transformational shifts towards a greener future. He shares where his company’s “green building” movement is headed and how they are conserving the environment “by strengthening and promoting green building practices”. Get to know more about the company’s future plans and the chairman’s opinion on why going green is the only future that everybody should aim for today.

Also featured in this month’s issue are special articles written to enlighten us on today’s new renewable technologies. Know what’s in store for the future of e-waste as the CEO and Co-Founder of Enviroserve, Stuart Fleming, talks about why everyone needs to commit to tackling hazardous materials and support recycling programs in every country. Learn more about how powder coatings can accelerate the possibility of a greener tomorrow. Don’t miss the special article about MENA Region’s movement towards a clean energy future. Get inspired by Clean Energy Business Council and Enerwhere’s efforts to promote the clean energy industry in the region.

And of course, just like every other issue of GineersNow, we have prepared special leadership articles that can help you boost your career and improve your work ethic. Find out if you’re too smart for your current job. If you’re feeling dull, we have provided easy tips that can aid you in sharpening your mind. Most importantly, we have a special feature discussing the importance on why you should never end up as the arrogant engineer at work. Do you want to know why? Scroll through the pages to find out.

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  1. I agree with Saeed, from the financial perspective, a green building is far more superior than a conventional building in all aspects.

    Michel Deek
    Director MEP
    Al Futtaim Carillion LLC

  2. Large buildings, real estate, schools & university, as well as government buildings will continue to grow with the green building technology. Be it in America, Europe, Middle East, or Asia

    Alaa Adnan Samara
    Market Access Director, MEP and NWA Region

  3. On a global scale, green building construction is doubling every 3 years. That’s a fact and proven in green building research last year.

    Abdulrahman Hussein
    Director MEP

  4. We are proud that Emaar has green building specifications in most of its iconic buildings.

    Mohammed Al Marzouqi
    Emaar Properties PJSC

  5. The main reason when we are pushing for green construction is to reduce carbon emissions. No president can stop a movement. Go Green!

    Ali Alaswadi
    Green Building Inspector
    Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

  6. Energy efficiency presents huge opportunities.

    Mahmoud El-khatib
    Senior MEP Director
    Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co LT

  7. Net zero energy buildings should be the standard. This should not be an option.

    Mohammed Ismail
    Project Manager
    Eco Engineering and Energy Solutions

  8. The number of green buildings in Middle East are still below the norms. Why? Because the new and more costly prerequisites found in LEEDv4 indicate that no one is interested in spiking their cost.

    Hassan Hammoud
    Sustainability Specialist (Client Representative), P.Eng., PMP, LEED AP, GSAS-CGP)

  9. Globally, green building is increasing because the client demand, environmental regulation and an enhanced awareness of the occupant and tenant benefits of green buildings.

    Abdel Halim Khalifa, MBA, PMP, LEED AP
    Head of Architecture Department
    Dar Al-Handasah

  10. One of the most simple way to reduce a building’s footprint is to retrofit lighting. That can save you up to 19% energy consumption.

    Hossam El-Din Tarek, LEED AP (BD + C)
    Electrical engineer
    dar al handasah

  11. As electrical engineer and a LEED believer, our purpose is to decrease energy consumption and increase energy efficiency in homes and buildings.

    Yousef Zakaria
    Energy Audits and Sustainability Consultant
    Energy Management Services Int.

  12. Deploying energy efficiency upgrades and building management systems to reduce consumption is the way forward.

    Tom Goode (MRICS)
    MEP Associate Director
    AECOM Middle East Ltd

  13. Energy efficiency is a stronger trend than green building certification.

    Fabio Sittnig

  14. Not only in Middle East, over the last several years, green building has also seen a dramatic increase in India, Pakistan and Asia.

    Mohamed Ravuthar, LEED AP, PQP, GSAS CGP
    Qatar LEED AP – Sustainability
    Hill International, Inc.

  15. Many jobs are also created through the renovation of outdated building infrastructure. If you convert all the buildings in one city, there will be a massive employment.

    Sherif El Geresi
    Senior Sustainability Site Manager, MSc | LEED AP (BD+C) | PQP
    KEO International Consultants

  16. Without a doubt, green building is on the rise as global trend reports.

    Cindy Malinchak LEED AP
    LEED AP BD & C.

  17. Green building, has up until recently, been confined to first world nations where sustainable initiatives are attempting to remedy intensive energy use and massive carbon footprints.

    Eric Bautista, LEED AP
    Consultant, Freelance LEED AP for Green Building Certification
    EB Project Management

  18. It is expected that global green building is expected to double next year.

    Abdulmajeed AL-Ibrahim
    Associate Director – MEP
    Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)

  19. Most contractors in Middle East still do not understand that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects involve sustainable design and construction practices to improve occupant comfort and reduce any negative environmental impacts.

    Clive Walsh
    MEP Director
    Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company

  20. The construction of buildings consumes large volumes of resources, which is why integrating biodegradable, recycled and sustainable materials makes a huge difference.

    Jaleck (Jay) Abed
    LEED AP Homes – Green Rater / Building & Energy Consultant
    TexEnergy Solutions

  21. 400% growth in green building projects is expected in Saudi Arabia (from 8% to 32%).

    Mohammed Al Khudairi
    Head of MEP- Director
    Omrania & Associates

  22. As a business owner, you must familiarize yourself with sustainable building codes and standards, including LEED, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) and CALGreen.

    Sustainability & Green Building Professional

  23. Green construction materials are also great alternatives to prevent exhausting already depleted natural resources.

    Darrel Strobel
    Managing Director, MEP Engineering
    KEO International Consultants

  24. Middle East and Asia markets will drastically grow in the number of projects that they expect to certify as green.

    Kevin Schindler FMA, LEED AP
    Director of International Business Development
    Iron Wood Group

  25. Building owners report seeing a median increase of 7 per cent in the value of their green buildings compared to traditional buildings.

    Rashed Al Naboodah
    Managing Director
    Al Naboodah MEP & Engineering Group

  26. Both the USGBC and the GBCI are private entities not associated with any governmental agency.

    Deena Bell Llewellyn- ASLA, LEED AP,RLA
    United States Green Building Council

  27. In some cases, simply tweaking a building’s design can save on energy use and benefit occupants by taking advantage of on-site light and air.

    Said Fathalla
    Managing Director
    Royal International MEP

  28. Green Building is already widely adopted globally, with strong growth expected in Middle East countries.

    Jayasuria Vasavan
    Associate Director MEP

  29. There’s an increased competition among green building rating systems in GCC.

    Soner Tugen
    Technical Director and Head of MEP & ICT Departments
    SSH Design – International Consultants

  30. Zero-energy buildings are specially designed and engineered to rely on renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power, allowing them to operate independent of the electric grid.

    Sinan Rasheed P Eng, PMP, LEED AP, CPMP
    Director, Projects P Eng., PMP , CPMP , LEED AP
    CFMS Consulting Inc.

  31. Green building’s main benefit is lower operating costs.

    Naji Karama
    Managing Director / partner
    Build Up MEP Electromichanical Works LLC

  32. LEED does have drawbacks. The LEED rating systems do not constitute legal building codes, and the USGBC does not want (and did not intend for) its rating systems to operate this way.

    Chuck Nepps
    LEED Consultant | LEED™ AP~BD+C
    LEED Consultant

  33. Very true. Emerging economies like Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa will be engines of green growth in the next 3 years,

    Chris Lepski MSc IEng MCIOB
    Managing Director
    Webster Construction Ltd

  34. BIM software’s benefit is its ability to forecast the building’s effect on its environment. This includes green analysis—from solar potential to proper window glazing, building owners want to know how to make their structures more efficient.

    Thomas D Bohlen
    Chief Technical Officer, Architect, LEED AP BD+C, ESTIDAMA PQP for Buildings & Communities
    Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD)

  35. In construction, the principle is “the less stress, the better and more energy efficient”

    Ziad Abulaila
    MEP Director

  36. Encouraging sustainable business practice is the most important social reason for building green.

    Mark Priestley MBA, MCIOB
    Vice President – Construction
    Gulf Related

  37. The codes are designed to deliver through model code regulations that will result in the optimal utilization of fossil fuel and renewable resources in all communities.

    Rajesh Khajanchi
    Vice President Finance
    ALSA Engineering & Construction Co. LLC

  38. Just like other smart home features, smart windows, toilet, garage, doors, HVAC are designed to be intuitive.

    Ian Plumley
    Senior Vice President MENA & India
    Berkeley Group Plc

  39. It has been said that at its best, architecture connects with the human condition through the use of light, space, place, and time–and like art, surpasses mere function.

    Hiba AlQadah
    Architect -Team Leader – LEED AP

  40. It’s interesting to note that BIM has a role to play in green building.

    Babar Mehmood
    Senior Architect, LEED AP(BD+C)
    ABV Rock Group

  41. While it is nice for builders to construct something with minimal environmental impact, it’s important to note that the economy plays a large part in the boom of green building.

    Adam Alexander Page
    Strategic Alliances, Sponsorship & Promotions Director
    Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group

  42. Low-maintenance, high-performing products, such as technologically enhanced wood, are growing in popularity across all building sectors.

    Ashok Sanadi
    Director, MEP & Sustainability
    SER Global

  43. The demand for green building materials in construction projects, both commercial and residential, is on the rise as people look to reduce their footprint and preserve the environment.

    Razan Nejem
    USGBC Faculty™
    US Green Building Council

  44. Reducing energy consumption continues to be the top environmental reason for building green.

    Mubarak Al Falah
    Vice president
    Al Falah Holding

  45. A lot of builders don’t want to let go of building on site because that’s what they know that’s what they’ve been doing for the last 30 years. A lot of them feel like they would lose money by doing this.

    Jassim Mohammed Al Hosani
    Asst. Vice President – Administration
    National Petroleum Construction Company

  46. Green building, at its best, takes the physical, emotional, and social needs of present and future generations of residents into consideration, as well as those of the surrounding community.

    Leonardo Castello
    Project Manager, Sr Landscape Architect, PMCM, LEED AP ND, MLI

  47. Gulf countries are looking for tools that support stable and sustainable economic growth.

    Executive Director

  48. Some benefits of low-maintenance green products include, less time to keep clean, less annual maintenance and longer total life expectancy.

    Joseph MJ – MSc.CPM, ICIOB, BEng.Civil, MIE, M.ASCE, PMP
    Vice President – Planning & Cost Control
    Meydan Sobha LLC

  49. In addition to being environmentally friendly, green building materials also help decrease utility costs.

    Julio Sanchez
    Director of Pre-Construction/ Design. LEED AP, BD+C. Certified GGP, GBI.
    West Construction inc. Design – Build

  50. So what are the challenges to Increasing green building activity in Middle East?

    Muammar Alkatheeri
    Executive Vice President Engineering Management and Smart Cities
    Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)

  51. As we become increasingly more aware of the true extent of our interconnectedness, the entire global community stands to benefit from green building.

    Shawn Adams
    Vice President Projects
    Kerzner international Development

  52. International business leaders and policy makers recognize that a commitment to transforming the built environment is crucial to addressing major environmental challenges.

    Dave Bird
    Vice President – Federal Construction Programs
    Parsons Corporation

  53. One way low-maintenance products can be used is in cladding and decking materials.

    John Bouzoukos
    MEP Technical Director

  54. Builders are moving away from traditional insulation materials and looking for sustainable, natural alternatives.

    Alistair Davis BEng (Hons), M
    Technical Director
    Black & White Engineering (MEP – HVAC)

  55. We still have shortages in Middle East. The lack of trained green building professionals hinders the growth.

    Iyad Sabouni
    Vice President

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