Newsletter


Volume 4 Issue 5 | May 2014

I am pleased to share with you news that last week EGBC signed a Service Level Agreement with the Dubai Municipality’s Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL), further strengthening our partnership with one of Dubai’s leading bodies instrumental in the progress of green building practices. With both DCL and EGBC committed to quality and sustainability across the building supply chain, this partnership will serve the industry by utilizing and sharing each organization’s unique capabilities and knowledge, and will offer the necessary support for the quality assurance of sustainable construction materials… read more.

Volume 4 Issue 4 | April 2014

After an extremely successful first edition of the EGBC awards last year, preparations have been in full swing for the 2nd Annual EGBC Awards 2014 which will be taking place on 11th June 2014 at Grosvenor House, Dubai. Seven exciting award categories have been developed for this year’s event and we look forward to contributions from our Members that showcase their innovations in green buildings… read more.

Volume 4 Issue 3 | March 2014

Welcome to the March installment of the EmiratesGBC Newsletter.  The year has really commenced at a frantic pace and the advancements being made every month in the sphere of sustainable buildings is truly remarkable.  With a growing focus on the energy efficient refurbishment of existing buildings in the UAE, Dubai’s Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau for Electricity and Water this month launched a new regulatory framework for energy service companies (ESCOs) in Dubai… read more.

Volume 4 Issue 2 | February 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to firstly extend my own and the Council’s sincere gratitude to Adnan Sharafi, who has recently completed his term as EGBC Chairman.  Adnan’s dedication and leadership of the Council over the past three years has been a key pillar in enabling the EGBC to have a marked impact on improving the sustainability of the UAE’s built environment… read more.

Volume 4 Issue 1 | January 2014

As 2013 came to an end, a flurry of activities took place, climaxing with a very successful EGBC Annual Congress and Annual General Meeting… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 12 | December 2013

On behalf of the EmiratesGBC, I would like to congratulate the nation, our President, Vice President, Members of Supreme Council and all people in the UAE on Dubai’s winning bid to host the greatest exhibition in the world. It calls for a double celebration, as the results came out during the festivity of the UAE 42nd National Day…. read more.

Volume 3 Issue 11 | November 2013

I feel very pleased to see the latest developments which have been taking place in the field of energy retrofits in the region. Several milestones have been achieved recently by different organizations, one of which includes the release of the State of Energy Report,. Also, under the guidance and patronage of HH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai inaugurated Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which is a highlight towards a sustainable future bolstering Dubai’s power generating capacity which will help the emirate on its journey to diversify energy sources…. read more.

Volume 3 Issue 10 | October 2013

Across the globe, thousands of individuals celebrated World Green Building Week from 16-20 September 2013. EGBC celebrated the week with a number of activities across the UAE which included building tours, a community event, seminars & workshops. Tremendous response was received from those who decided to make a difference with their participation, which helped in spreading awareness on climate change and other elements of sustainability…. read more.

Volume 3 Issue 9 | September 2013

Traditionally, September marks the start of a new economic year in the UAE, with businesses springing back into action after a relatively peaceful summer.  We hope all our members managed to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the summer months as the year ahead promises to be eventful.  EGBC is gearing up to plunge back into action with a series of activities on the calendar for the remainder of the year, which will no doubt keep all our members and partners engaged in tackling the challenge of improving the sustainability of the UAE’s built environment… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 8 | August 2013

Eid Mubarak from EmiratesGBC!… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 7 | July 2013

With June having the longest day in the northern hemisphere, it was certainly a month of heightened activity and awareness for EmiratesGBC. July is looking forward to receiving Ramadan, a month of fasting for the Muslim population, reinforcing sustainable social principles that affect consumption and waste of not only food and water, but all the other aspects of life that we take for granted and honor those who are less fortunate…. read more.

Volume 3 Issue 6 | June 2013

The hospitality industry, namely hotels, are considered as having one of the highest carbon footprint building types, due to their nature of full operation ready day mode or night, 365 days of the year, and the level of comfort and service expected of them. Many of these buildings are also providing F&B services through their kitchens which produce a large amount of food waste…. read more.

Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2013

The EmiratesGBC has forged alliances and are working with the government bodies to standardize, which would provide for  compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, and quality in the field of building sustainability issues as part of the building sustainability committee within the Emirates Standards & Metrology Authority (ESMA). We are in urgent need to have approved standards in order to move forward with the UAE sustainability plans and its transformation into a green economy… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 4 | April 2013

Many buildings in the UAE have installed sophisticated Building Management Systems (BMS) but are not using them in a meaningful way, in fact many are abandoned and may be causing harm instead of benefit. These systems are connected to the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, access control, cctv etc., collect data from sensors installed in various parts of the building and are also able to control devices linked to them through computer software. Systems linked to a BMS typically represent 40% of a building’s energy usage… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 4 | March 2013

EmiratesGBC takes pride in itself for taking up the role of bridging gaps between the government sector and the private industry. We are blessed with being given the opportunity to review policy and legislation promulgated by government and to provide feedback, so that the industry can thrive while at the same time public interests are protected… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 2 | February 2013

The EmiratesGBC started the new year with a new addition to its activities. For the first time in the region, the Certified Energy Manager‘s course (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers AEE, (USA) was delivered in Dubai in partnership with BUiD… read more.

Volume 3 Issue 1 | January 2013

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year!!… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 12 | December 2012

It brings me joy and pride to have celebrated two historic events – the EGBC’s first Annual Congress that took place on the 27-28th of November and the 41st anniversary of the UAE. EmiratesGBC is proud to serve the UAE as a forum for green buildings… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 11 | November 2012

It is with great pleasure that I remind everyone of EGBC’s first ever Annual Congress that is scheduled to kick off this month on 27th November. The Congress program has a number of special guests and keynote presentations lined up from UAE government and industry, as well as high profile international speakers… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 10 | October 2012

The building sector is one of the largest in the UAE, accounting for a large portion of material and energy usage… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 9 | September 2012

After the quiet UAE summer, EGBC is ready to plunge into action with a series of different industry activities lined up for the remainder of the year to keep its members engaged and informed… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 8 | August 2012

In the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, I wish all our members would join in and reduce the consumption of water and energy, besides food drink and other human lust/pleasures, in caring for our environment, for the less fortunate and in appreciation of what we are blessed with… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 7 | July 2012

The WorldGBC 2012, organized by GermanGBC in conjunction with Consence Stuttgart, was hosted at Messe Stuttgart from June 18-20… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 6 | June 2012

It has been a great month with two networking events and informative workshops successfully delivered by the council. It feels great to know that UAE has eventually… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 5 | May 2012

It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the progress made by the EGBC task forces and thank the volunteers that are contributing on a regular basis… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 4 | April 2012

I am really excited to inform you that it has been a great start for EGBC this year… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 3 | March 2012

I would like to start by thanking all our members and partners who have been proactive with Emirates Green Building Council so far this year… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 2 | February 2012

There are those who take the sidelines and watch things happen, there are those who don‟t even know what happened, and then there are those who make things happen… read more.

Volume 2 Issue 1 | January 2012

We are glad to bid farewell to 2011 which saw a flurry of activities by EmiratesGBC and ready to welcome a greener and more prosperous 2012… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 10 | December 2011

Happy New Hijri year and congratulations to all on the occasion of the country’s 40th birthday on 2nd December! The above two occasions have fallen closely.

Volume 1 Issue 9 | November 2011

Recently, we surveyed our members for their views on EmiratesGBC and received encouraging feedback from all those who responded… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 8 | October 2011

World Green Building Week was celebrated by EmiratesGBC during the month of September with the Grand Opening Ceremony of our new Headquarter Office.

Volume 1 Issue 7 | September 2011

On behalf of EmiratesGBC, I would like to wish all our members a Happy Eid and Happy Holidays August was a month of fasting for most… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 6 | August 2011

Ramadan Kareem! EGBC would like to wish everyone and your families a peaceful Ramadan with the many blessings of this month… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 5 | July 2011

During the first quarter of 2010, Dubai had 92 commercial, 423 residential, and 121 industrial/recreational/services buildings… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 4 | June 2011

The heat is on with the summer temperatures soaring to its cyclic highs. The same thing is happening with our electricity bills… read more.

Volume 1 Issue 3 | May 2011

We had a great board meeting in April where the past year account was closed and the 2011 budget approved in addition.

Volume 1 Issue 2 | April 2011

EGBC participates in many exhibitions throughout the year in the UAE, providing us with an opportunity to interact with various.

Volume 1 Issue 1 | March 2011

You are an important stakeholder of EGBC, and this is the first newsletter intended to keep you informed of what is happening.