Emirates Green Building Council extends deadline for 2014 Award entries until April 17

EmiratesGBC Press Release

Dubai, UAE; April 8, 2014: Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, has extended the deadline for entries to its EGBC 2014 Awards until April 17, 2014.

Honouring excellence in sustainability initiatives, the EGBC Awards are presented in six categories: Green Building of the year, for a building finalised between 2012 and 2014 in the MENA region that employed the highest sustainability standards and included innovation in design and processes in its construction and completion; Green Facility Management Organisation of the Year  for a UAE-based FM organisation for its commitments towards sustainability; Green Building Material/Product Award for the successful introduction to the MENA region of a construction material or product/component which addresses green building principles; Green Building System Award for a building system that provides a more sustainable solution to green building construction than traditional construction methods; Green Building Research Award for research that establishes dependable data, in an area not previously available, related to green building performance; and Training Initiative of the Year for the best sustainability training initiative in the MENA region.

A special Dr Sadek Owainati Award for Students, sponsored by EmiratesGBC co-founder Dr Sadek Owainati, will also be awarded to a university student for exceptional research work on a subject related to green buildings in the Middle East. To qualify for the Dr Sadek Owainati Award for Students, the research topic must be directly applicable to green building design, technology, construction or operation with emphasis on its applicability in the MENA region.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “We have received strong response from diverse stakeholders for the second edition of the EGBC Awards, which are today regarded as a true demonstration of the commitment by organisations to promote sustainable built environments. With several path-breaking ideas being implemented across the region for a sustainable future, we want to reach out to a wider audience and enable them to showcase their sustainability best practices. By extending the deadline, more corporates and students can now apply for the Awards.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on June 11 at Grosvenor House, Dubai. More details on fees, application form and guidelines are available on the EmiratesGBC website (www.emiratesgbc.org/awards). For details, email: egbcawards@emiratesgbc.org.

EmiratesGBC regularly hosts and participates in multinational events, conferences and forums. EmiratesGBC has also developed a suite of activities, inclusive of networking events, technical workshops, focus days and facilitated training based around specific issues related to the built-environment that meet the needs of its members, of the UAE community, and the wider Middle East.

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Note to Editors

About Emirates Green Building Council:

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) was founded in June 2006, and became the 8th full member of the World Green Building Council in September 2006. EmiratesGBC is an organization that promotes and educates on green issues in the built environment and is the official body for the UAE endorsed by the World Green Building Council. EmiratesGBC currently has around 260 members in the UAE which represents 1000s of individuals interested and involved in Green Building in the UAE and the region. In addition, EmiratesGBC members receive discounts on a number of programmes such as those related to conferences, seminars, training and green building events.

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