EmiratesGBC Newsletter

A Letter from the Chairman …

EGBC Chairman

Dear Members and Industry Supporters,

October has been an exceptionally successful month for Emirates Green Building Council! The 4th Annual EGBC Congress, held under the patronage of UAE Minister of Public Works H.E. Dr Abdullah Belhaif al Nuaimi, was held on 20th and 21st October with a record participation of delegates representing all sectors of the building industry. My sincere thanks to all the sponsors, speakers, and the delegates who contributed, without which the event would not have reached the high standard we witnessed. It is indeed heartening to observe the significant efforts by policy makers and the industry towards green building practices over the past years and the presentations and panel discussions at the Congress highlighted the excellent initiatives taking place on the ground.

I am also pleased to share with you that the Arabic version of the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings “المبادئ التوجيهية التقنية لتحديث الأبنية الخضراء” was launched during the opening ceremony of the Congress. I am confident that this important publication will serve as an important capacity building tool for the Arab world to reach its sustainability targets.

On a final note, I would like to remind you that our core strength lies with our members. We are always pleased to welcome more participation, allowing us to increase and diversify EmiratesGBC’s activities and programs. My message goes to all of you to be a part of this transformation by contributing to our programs, which will benefit the industry and the well being of our communities. Please continue to read on and in case you missed out on any past activities, it’s still not too late. Join us TODAY!!

Best regards,

Saeed Al Abbar

EGBC News and Updates

EmiratesGBC Energy Efficiency Program Online Database has been Launched!

EmiratesGBC Energy Efficiency Program (EEP) has officially launched its online database. The EEP is a market and capacity building program created to facilitate reduction of the UAE’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings in the UAE and region.

The program features extensive seminars, networking events, and training programs on energy efficiency, and EmiratesGBC is proud to present the program’s latest component: the EEP database, which is a publicly available directory featuring reputable ESCOs, Suppliers, Consultants and FMCs serving the retrofit market in the UAE.

EmiratesGBC encourages its Corporate Members to avail the opportunity for market visibility, access to competitive pricing, and priority market requests by registering for the Program and submitting their company qualifications.

EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings, now in Arabic!

In the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual EGBC Congress on 20th October, delegates witnessed EGBC_Arabic_Coverthe official launch of the Arabic version of the ‘EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings,’ “المبادئ التوجيهية التقنية لتحديث الأبنية الخضراء”, a set of instructions which highlights 31 retrofit methods that a building owner, operator, end-user can use to increase energy and water savings, improve occupant comfort and well-being and also facilitate operational efficiency and the longevity of the existing building stock.

The publication is available for purchase at the EmiratesGBC Office. Visit the EmiratesGBC website for more information on the pricing and content of the Technical Guidelines.


October Events Recap

4th Annual EGBC Congress: ‘How do green buildings scale up? – Bridging the Gap between Green Buildings & Sustainable Cities

The fourth Annual EGBC Congress, held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works, was held in Dubai on 20-21 October with delegates from all sectors of the building and construction industry in attendance. Organized as a carbon-neutral event, the Congress served as an engaging platform for information exchange and benchmarking industry best practices.

Over the two days of the EGBC Congress, international and regional experts delivered keynote speeches, presented case studies and took part in panel discussions covering Climate, Well-being, Economy, Innovation and Policy within the green building sector.

Revealed at the Congress by Nabil Siyam, the Principal Building Studies Specialist at Dubai Municipality, energy efficiency regulations for buildings are expected to be introduced in January next year.

On the second and final day of the EGBC Congress, delegates toured ‘The Sustainable City’. A five million square feet project, it is envisaged to be a world-class example of what can be achieved through a commitment to sustainability.

Technical Workshops: October Recap & What’s Coming Up in November

In October, EmiratesGBC members and partners attending the monthly technical workshop learned about the genesis of the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy and were educated on various applications in business with case studies exemplifying the long-standing benefits of the C2C method.

This month, the Technical Workshop aims to promote a good understanding of established tools and methodologies in the industry which help achieve stellar Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Participants will be provided a platform to share their own experiences and knowledge on the subject for an all-round presentation of regional IAQ best-practices.

The Technical Workshop will be held at EmiratesGBC on November 10th from 2:30-4:30pm. To mark your seat, please email technicalworkshops@emiratesgbc.org.

Technical Workshops are open to EmiratesGBC members and partners only and subject to limited seating. Please be sure to register your participation early.

ADQCC Workshops: Estidama Villa Products Database (EVPD) transferred from UPC to QCC

The Estidama Villa Products Database (EVPD) is being transferred from Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) to Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (ADQCC). From now until the end of 2015, all applicable products currently on the EVPD will need to reapply to ADQCC following the requirements of the new schemes. On 2nd and 3rd November, ADQCC will hold a set of workshop sessions in Abu Dhabi where the certification requirements and process will be explained.

The four workshops will be held specifically for product certification of Water Fixtures, Unitary Air Conditioning, Insulation material and Window/Door Glazing systems.

For more information and to register, please contact conformity@qcc.abudhabi.ae.

Congratulations to Members!

UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim leads sustainability drive with Green Star

Majid Al Futtaim, a top shopping mall, retail and leisure group in the Middle East, has achieved the ‘Green Star’ status, for the second year in a row from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), for the implementation of international best practices in sustainability throughout the company’s real estate portfolio. Read more.

Academy Feature of the Month

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations developed a set of educational Food waste_Academy highlightvideos addressing the full economic, environmental and social costs of food loss and waste. Click here to see the latest one on Food Wastage Footprint.


Green Key Update

greenkey_logo_2012Throughout 2015, Green Key has reinforced its presence in the country thanks to a growing understanding of eco-certifications in the UAE hospitality sector and an even stronger commitment of the governmental authorities to ensure that tourism infrastructures fulfill the highest green standards. Over the past few weeks, EmiratesGBC has been pleased to meet with various local tourism authorities to discuss how Green Key can inspire the regulatory bodies to integrate more stringent environmental requirements within their respective hotel classifications and standards.

The 2016 Green Key re-certification process has now started, and we invite all UAE hotel properties to contact greenkey@emiratesgbc.org should they want to receive more information on how to get certified and the criteria to comply with.

EmiratesGBC Trainings

EmiratesGBC offers a series of professional training programs in partnership with British University in Dubai (BUiD). The following courses are scheduled to take place in Dubai during the last months of 2015.

On November 13-14, the two-day LEED Green Associate course will equip participants with an up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. Also on the calendar is the Certified Energy Manager training, which will be held November 8-11. The CEM qualification is aimed toward engineers and architects working in the areas of energy engineering or energy management. For more information and to register your intent for upcoming courses, please contact our education partner BUiD.

EmiratesGBC Supports Upcoming Industry Exhibitions & Conferences

EmiratesGBC is pleased to serve as an Association Partner to the Leaders in Design MENA taking place on 15-16 November in Dubai, where EmiratesGBC Chairman Saeed Al Abbar will participate in a panel session on Sustainable Design. Get inspired by the innovative practices for cutting edge sustainable design by exploring the most talked about international projects. Learn more here.

On 23-26 November 2015, 11:00 – 19:00 Daily, The Big 5 will again take place in Dubai. For over 35 years, The Big 5 has been home to the largest gathering of construction professionals in the Middle East. With exhibitors showcasing thousands of certified and innovative products from across the globe, free CPD certified workshops on offer and live product demonstrations, there is a wealth of information for professionals from any discipline of the construction industry. Register here.

This year the EmiratesGBC will facilitate one of The Big 5 workshops on November 23rd from 2-4pm on Sustainable and Affordable Housing at Al Ain D Room. While a common definition of affordable housing throughout the GCC region is challenging to set, the increase in green building regulations, rating systems and awareness raises questions about the opportunities to make this new market segment socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. The MENA GBCs Network’s Sustainable Affordable Housing Coalition will address these questions during the workshop. Register here.

EGBC in the News

Emirates Green Building Council’s presence in trade magazines and national newspapers is continuously growing.

Our 4th Annual EGBC Congress on October 20-21 received favourable press coverage, including The National , Alkhaleej.ae, Zawya, Gulf News 24/7 and many more. The Council’s vision for a greener nation was also covered recently by GN Property.

Local News



Dubai to introduce energy efficiency ranking for its buildings

Dubai Municipality is planning to introduce a new ranking system for rating a building’s energy efficiency and a new law setting minimum standards for retrofitting properties.

Speaking at the Emirates Green Building Council’s annual congress in Dubai on Monday, Nabil Siyam, the principal building studies specialist at Dubai Municipality, said that both the ranking system and the retrofitting standards are likely to be introduced in January next year. Read more

Eye on Earth kicks off in the capital

Simple tasks such as measuring the level of noise and taking pictures of Nature in Abu Dhabi are some of the ways that individuals can collectively work towards environmental sustainability, experts in the capital said on Tuesday.

Speaking during the second edition of the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, specialists agreed that the planet is fragile and intrinsically in danger. Read more.

Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit Set for December

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced the ‘Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit’, a new global platform led by Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to discuss and showcase best global practice in sustainability for the built environment. Read more.


UAE joins two UN organizations to help with sustainability:

The UAE has joined hands with two international organisations under the United Nations Environment Programme, in a drive to help achieve a green economy.

The Ministry of Environment and Water is now a member of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (SSP), and the Consumer Information Programme, with both networks consisting of a number of experts that can help provide assistance and important policies on sustainability. Read more.

Regional News

Qatar’s Former Minister of Energy & Industry to Launch Middle East’s First Energy Think Tank

Qatar’s former Minister of Energy and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah will launch the Middle East’s first Think Tank committed to the creation of knowledge and solutions critical to the future of the regional and international energy system. Read more

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.

Now the trading city, nicknamed the “door of the desert”, is the centre for another blockbuster – a complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro and wind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020 with, it is hoped, some spare to export to Europe. The project is a key plank in Morocco’s ambitions to use its untapped deserts to become a global solar superpower. Read more.

5 eco-friendly developments in the MENA

Attention is shifting towards harnessing the powers of the environment for new energy sources, and the Middle East is securing its own place on the map when it comes to eco-friendly projects.

Wamda has created a list of five eco-friendly locations throughout the Arab world, which are shifting towards clean models of modern-day living. Read more.

International News


London Underground trains on track to power their stations

In the Thomas the Tank Engine series of children’s books, Thomas aspires to be a Really Useful Engine. Now London Underground has, with the help of a French train manufacturer, discovered a way for trains to become really, really useful, because the Tube has been piloting trains that can power their own station. Read more.

Nine  massive US companies pledge to go 100% renewable

Nine more giant corporations, including Nike and Walmart, pledged to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. The announcement, made during Climate Week, is intended to show international governments that there is broad-based business support for going off fossil fuels in advance of the United Nations climate talks in December. Read more.