Emirates Green Building Council network event on May 30 to focus on building envelope performance

EmiratesGBC Press Release

  • William Whistler of Green Building Solutions International is guest speaker of the event

Dubai, UAE; May 25 , 2011: Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an organisation aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices in the UAE, will host its monthly network event on Monday, May 30, 2011, from 7 to 8.30pm at the Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

William Whistler, Managing Director of Green Building Solutions International will be the guest speaker at the event. In his speech titled, ‘We are building refrigerators inside ovens,’ Whistler will emphasise on the role of the building envelope in reducing energy demand.

Adnan Sharafi, Chairman, EmiratesGBC, said: “The EmiratesGBC networking events are today among the most-awaited platforms that highlight the concerns of the various stakeholders in promoting sustainable development initiatives. There are varied aspects to be considered in green building development, and continued dialogue and industry interaction are imperative to setting a common ground to accomplish the UAE’s vision for green building development.”

He added: “William Whistler is an expert in best practices for green building development, and his lecture will focus on one of the critical components in building sustainability – the components of the structural envelope. The external envelope of buildings can play a decisive role in driving energy use efficiency, and he will bring new insights on the topic at the networking session.”

New regional sustainability codes are increasingly underscoring the role of the building envelope in reducing energy demand. This is particularly relevant for the Middle East region with high ambient air temperatures. A quality design can be impaired by poor construction supervision or materials substitution, which adds to the thermodynamic stress on the building envelope system.

To attend the networking event, please email  office@emiratesgbc.org. Admission fees are AED 50 for EmiratesGBC members and AED 150 for non-members.

EmiratesGBC, currently operating from its new office M-20 at Al Joud Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, has been hosting and participating in multinational events, conferences and forums since its inception in 2006. The Council has developed a suite of activities including technical workshops, focus days and training on specific issues related to the built-environment that meet the needs of its members, of the UAE community, and the wider Middle East.

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 industry body 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.

The 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 related conferences, seminars, training and green building events.

For further information, please contact:
Mohammed Al Tawil / Sheila Baldago
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Tel: +9714 3344550
m.altawil@asdaa.com /  s.baldago@asdaa.com