Volume VI Issue 10

EmiratesGBC Newsletter

A Letter from the Chairman …

EGBC Chairman

A Letter from the Chairman…

Dear Members and Industry Supporters,

Last month marked a very important milestone for the Emirates Green Building Council as we celebrated our 10th Anniversary with all of our members and partners.

The EmiratesGBC team would like to thank all its members and strategic partners for joining us in celebration on the 21st of September, 2016.   It gave us the chance to highlight our actions, accomplishments, and achievements together with our respective members, strategic members and founders as well as discuss the journey ahead of us for the next ten years.

During September we also launched our first Hospitality Benchmarking Report in celebration of World Green Building Week in a dedicated and successful event attended by industry players, participating hoteliers, and the media. This first of its kind in the region benchmarking project evaluates the performance of the UAE hospitality sector and will contribute to efforts in reducing the sector’s carbon footprint by providing hard data on operational performance.

The feedback we received after the launch event has been extremely positive and is helping us push forward toward our goal of advancing green building principles within the tourism industry and the country as a whole.

Looking ahead, October will host our flagship event, the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress in its 5th cycle taking place over two days from October 25th to 26th.  This year, the Congress is themed UAE of the Future: Looking Backwards as a Way Forward and will be held at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

The Congress will explore the achievements made to date in sustainable urban development and how we can use this as a roadmap for the future in order to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and the Paris COP21 Climate Change objectives.

Online registration is now open for the Congress, and I encourage you to please take the time to visit the EmiratesGBC website for more details.

Saeed Al Abbar

EmiratesGBC News and Updates

EmiratesGBC is proud to invite you to its 5th Annual Congress 2016 – Registration now open!


The 5th cycle of the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress will be held in Dubai under the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development on October 25th and 26th, 2016.  This year, our flagship event is themed UAE of the Future: Looking Backwards as a Way Forward and will be held at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

The Congress will explore the achievements made to date in sustainable urban development and how we can use this as a roadmap for the future in order to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and the Paris COP21 Climate Change objectives.

We are pleased to announce that Fareed I. Bushehri, Regional Resource Efficiency Officer of UNEP’s West Asia Office will be delivering a keynote at our EmiratesGBC 5th Annual Congress 2016. Don’t miss hearing from Mr. Bushehri or the other high profile speakers we have lined up!  Last chance to avail the early bird members and non-member rates. Click here to register.

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration Was a Success

10th anniversaryFollowing the Anniversary celebration luncheon on 21 September 2016, we would like to thank all EmiratesGBC members, strategic partners and sponsors (Majid Al Futtaim, Legrand, Jotun, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff) who helped make the event a success. To view our Anniversary Milestone video, click here.

EmiratesGBC Green Building Toolkit – Call for Sponsors

website demo 3Last month, at EmiratesGBC’s 10th-anniversary celebration luncheon, the Council was congratulated for its efforts and deliverables that are actively enabling the increase of sustainable buildings in the UAE. This impact could not be made without the help of our corporate members and we invite them again to help bring another important project to fruition.

EmiratesGBC is currently seeking committed partners to support its upcoming Green Building Toolkit. The toolkit will be incorporated into the EmiratesGBC website and communicated to those of various levels of technical capacity.

This important toolkit will also be available for thousands of individuals and businesses to use to assist them with decisions to make their homes, offices or schools more efficient and sustainable. To gain more information on the sponsorship opportunity for the EmiratesGBC Green Building Toolkit, please contact Maha Khogali at maha.khogali@emiratesgbc.org or 04-3468244.

EmiratesGBC Trainings Schedule

EmiratesGBC offers a series of professional training programs in partnership with British University in Dubai (BUiD). For more information and to register your intent for any of our upcoming courses, please contact our education partner BUiD.

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM): November 6-9/Exam November 19
  • Certified Energy Auditor (CEA): October 17-19 / Exam October 20 (Abu Dhabi)
  • LEED Green Associate: November 11-12
  • LEED Accredited Professional Neighbourhood Development (ND): October 7-8

EmiratesGBC Supports Upcoming Industry Exhibitions & Conferences


World Economy Summit

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in cooperation with World Climate Ltd and WETEX. The World Green Economy Summit remains the premier international platform for strategic partnerships and innovative solutions seeking to accelerate the transition in to the green economy. WGES 2016 is the 3rd of its event series and will be held over two days on the 5th and 6th of October 2016, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Click here to register.

GCC HVAC GCC HVAC Summit 2016 is taking place on 02-03November, 2016 at the Dusit Thani in Dubai.   With the construction business on in full swing across GCC, the need for an efficient HVAC system that can bring down the energy consumption is the need of the hour. With events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the demand for HVAC technologies is on the rise and trends indicate that it will continue rising. The GCC HVAC Summit 2016 for the first time brings the leaders in the industry together for discussions and deliberations on technological advances and landmark events that are helping shape this industry for the better. EmiratesGBC members can achieve a 50% discount on delegate rates using the coupon code EGBC50.

The Big 5
The Big 5 is an annual meeting place for the international building & construction community in Dubai. Presently running in its 37th year, the international exhibition and conference brings together buyers and sellers together from all over the world to conduct business, forge relationships and exchange knowledge. Scheduled for 21 to 24 November, the event will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.

Join the EmiratesGBC Pavilion at Energy Efficiency Expo (WFES 2017)

WFES EmiratesGBC is inviting its members to exhibit with us under the EmiratesGBC Pavilion at the Energy Efficiency Expo, co-located with World Future Energy Summit.  EmiratesGBC is a founding partner of the Energy Efficiency Expo dedicated to promoting energy efficiency across buildings, transportation and manufacturing sectors. The event is hosted by Masdar and is a part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability week, taking place from the 16 – 19 January 2017 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. In order to showcase the green, sustainable and energy efficient products & solutions of its members, EmiratesGBC is managing a dedicated pavilion at the Energy Efficiency Expo. EmiratesGBC members exhibiting within the pavilion are eligible for special rates and will have access to around 30,000 plus visitors including Government Authorities, Architects, Building Contractors, Engineers and consultants.  Contact Reed Exhibitions lynish.menezes@reedexpo.ae if you are interested and be sure to let them know you are an EmiratesGBC Corporate Member.

Dedicated Technical Workshop to Contractors


 On 20 September, we opened our doors to UAE Contactors and Sub-contractors for a workshop dedicated to best practices and management systems to implement projects in a sustainable manner. Discussions highlighted the needs of the sector to be better informed and instructed on the latest green regulations and rating systems, as well as the interest in dedicated trainings and certifications that would increase the organizations’ skills and confidence to implement the highest standards while respecting the clients’ requirements.The session, facilitated by Multiplex, also allowed non-members to understand EmiratesrGBC’s  role as a centre for education and a catalyst between public, private and academic sectors.

This new stakeholder-based workshop was successful, and we look forward to hosting more dedicated forums for contractors.

Members Only: EmiratesGBC Technical Workshops

IMG_3472Last month, EmiratesGBC held two Technical Workshops, the first was dedicated to UAE contractors and sub-contractors while the second workshop discussed the topic of health and wellbeing in the built environment. The topic looked at the particular influence our buildings have on physical, mental and social well-being.  Parameters covered and discussed included building and urban accessibility, supporting policies, and wellbeing accomplished by way of design methods outlined in the WELL Building Standard.

This month’s Technical Workshop will look at power quality optimization and the importance of power quality management in various commercial and industrial sectors which help to improve productivity, efficiency and cost control and will be taking place on October 11th, 2016. To register please email technicalworkshops@emiratesgc.orgTechnical Workshops are open to EmiratesGBC members and partners only and subject to limited seating. Please be sure to register your participation early.

Academy Feature of the Month

Sciences Po papersIn January this year, we received students visiting from Sciences Po Urban School’s Master’s program “Governing the Large Metropolis”. During a field trip throughout the UAE, the students in comparative urban governance and sociology tried to understand the inner workings of both Emirati cities through their governance model and strategies for further development. “Building Visions with Glass and Steel” compiles their papers and perspectives on the UAE built environment.

To read more:  http://www.sciencespo.fr/ecole-urbaine/en/content/glm-study-trip-dubai-and-abu-dhabi-january-201

 Green Key Spotlight

GK SpotlightOver the summer, Green Key International compiled an overview of the most common energy, water and carbon dioxide saving practices in the travel and hospitality sector and their cost-effectiveness. The factsheet can be found here shared around for information.


To help us raise awareness and spread the word about the Green Key eco-certification contact: greenkey@emiratesgbc.org.

EmiratesGBC invites its Corporate Members to join the Green Key Program and become Official Auditors. Review the auditor criteria and contact the office for more information.



Hospitality Benchmarking Report Launch

Hotel Benchmarking On September 27th, EmiratesGBC launched the first of its kind report, ‘EmiratesGBC Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels -Report 2016’.  The report draws on information gathered from 46 voluntarily participating hotels across the country on their property’s general, physical and operational characteristics as well as annual energy and water consumption data. The report studied energy and water consumption data over a three-year period (2013-2015).

The initiative is part of EmiratesGBC’s ongoing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE’s hospitality sector and is based on feedback received from hoteliers on the high cost of retrofitting existing properties, lack of benchmarking tools and lack of relevant indicators to compare properties against each other.

Thank you to all who attended the launch event and provided their feedback, as this pushes us toward a deeper discussion and further research which will catapult our goals of advancing green building principles within the tourism industry and the country as a whole to a new level.  Download your copy of the report from the EmiratesGBC website.

A special thanks to Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel for hosting this milestone launch event.


EmiratesGBC Building Retrofit Training Program  (BRT) – Update

The much-awaited training program is well underway and curriculum development is progressing towards completion. We wish to thank the industry experts from within our membership who have stepped up to review the content, helping  ensure that knowledge of building sustainability is made available to an audience wider than only building industry professionals. Stay tuned for more updates as we roll out trial workshops.

Corporate Member Activities Require  Your Support

Stakeholder engagement informs the core of EmiratesGBC’s initiatives and drives the Council toward achieving its goal of advancing green building principles in the country by acting as an information and knowledge sharing hub for the green building industry. As a member-driven organisation, EmiratesGBC thrives through the resolute effort and support of its corporate members.

The Council would like to support Al Futtaim Carillion, a corporate member of EmiratesGBC with conducting some research into the issues which matter most to people across different parts of the world, and would welcome your views on it. Al Futtaim Carillion has a long-standing history in the sustainable and green building industry in the Middle East and have brought the key issues together in a short survey, which will be open for feedback this week.

They would be very grateful if you could spend 10 minutes completing an online consultation on October 5th, 2016 by following this link. http://surveys.stakeholdertalk.com/s3/Carillion-2016-Materiality-Study 

Stay tuned as the Council will  be sending out a member survey in the month of November 2016.

Well Done Members!

Congratulations Diamond Developers on receiving two prestigious awards from the Africa & Arabia IPAX Awards:

  • Best Residential Development for Dubai (for the design of the residential project as a whole)
  • Best Residential Property for Dubai (for the design of a stand-alone single unit)

Well Done Members

EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings

Click here to learn more about how the Technical Guidelines can potentially  save  your facility or home millions in utility bills and reduced operational  costs.

EmiratesGBC Office Room M-21 is now available for meetings and workshops!

If you are interested in using EmiratesGBC office space for a workshop or meeting, please get in touch with us at 04-3468244 or send us an email to office@emiratesgbc.org. The room is fully equipped with AV and provides a nice environment for focused meetings or training workshops.

EmiratesGBC in the News

Emirates GBC Congress 2016 to discuss UAE’s achievements in sustainable development

The annual gathering of regional and international experts, who represent diverse sectors of the sustainable building environment and related industries, will highlight how the nation’s success in constructing green buildings can be leveraged to formulate a roadmap of the future, in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the objectives of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement.

The theme of EmiratesGBC Congress 2016, organised under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, is ‘UAE of the Future: Looking Backwards as a Way Forward.’ Read more

EmiratesGBC unveils findings of first ‘Energy & Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels’

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, today unveiled the findings of the first-of-its-kind report on ‘Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels.’

The key findings of the study are that UAE hotels have unequal energy and water performance with high potential for significant savings using viable and affordable existing technologies. This correlates with a recent report that Dubai’s five-star hotels consume up to 225% more energy compared to their counterparts in Europe. Read more 

Unilever partners with Dubai Chamber to bring experts under one roof to mobilize collective action towards a brighter future

Unilever, in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber’s Sustainability Network, has hosted a multi-sectoral collaboration event to galvanise support for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the goals espoused by the UAE Vision 2021. The event was held on Sunday at the Dubai Chamber premises in Deira. Read more 

14 Hospitality Industry Awards Presented tO Aldar Properties’ Hotels and  Restaurants in 2015 & 2016

Demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability, Radisson Blu & Park Inn secured the largest global eco-label for tourism and leisure establishments, Green Key Award 15/16 by Emirates Green Building Council. A non-governmental, non-profit and independent program, Green Key is recognized by the World Tourism Organization and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Read more …

Local News

Dubai and Abu Dhabi score high on sustainability

Top ranked in the Middle East, Dubai and Abu Dhabi pushed their way into the 50s in rankings for the most sustainable cities in the world.  On the overall sustainability score, Dubai (placed 52) and Abu Dhabi (58) held their own because of regulations and incentives that accompany development activity with a “green” imprint. Read more …

Traditional Arabic architecture to pave the way for future of building sustainability

Sustainability and construction experts have said that a new approach to traditional architecture designs, intelligent products, climate-tailored building designs, and 3D technology are optimal solutions for tackling the UAE’s cooling bill. Read more 

Bringing Sustainability to the Core of UAE Economy

Dubai Carbon has launched a new version of Sustainability Self-Assessment specifically focused on measuring the risk and exposure towards socio-environmental impacts thus allowing both public and private organisations to benchmark their resource efficiency amongst industries and peers. Read more …

Dubai Government crowd sourcing platform set to drive down solar energy costs

The Dubai Government is to launch a crowdsourcing platform to let residents and businesses pool their resources and drive down prices for energy- and water-efficiency goods and services. The Green Deal Dubai, akin to other e-commerce sites, will be the first platform in the region geared towards providing consumers and small businesses with economies of scale. Read more …

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Saturday unveiled a five-point strategy as part of a government commitment to cut carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2020.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Saturday unveiled a five-point strategy as part of a government commitment to cut carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2020. The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has launched the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut the emirate’s carbon footprint. Read more …

New car fuel economy standard for UAE

Led by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma), the new draft standard will ensure fuel-efficient cars spew far less carbon pollution on UAE’s roadways and into the atmosphere.Less greenhouse gas emissions are also in keeping with the spirit of the UAE’s September 21 signing of its Paris Agreement commitment which agrees to cut carbon emissions by 1.5 degrees Celsius to halt global warming.Development of the new standard was given the nod at a meeting of the public-private UAE body known as the Ecological Footprint Initiative (EFI) formed in 2007 to help research and reduce the country’s footprint. Read more …

Dubai Tourism signs MoUs with four leading sustainability entities to kick start the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative

Dubai Tourism signs MoUs with four leading sustainability entities – DTCM Press Centre

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) today announced it was partnering with four locally-based environmental entities to kick-start its Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative (DSTI) aimed at positioning Dubai as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations. Read more …

Regional News

The evolution of CSR within GCC construction

Meaningful CSR appears to be becoming the norm among the Middle East’s largest construction outfits.  Nowadays, it is unacceptable for large corporations to pay mere lip service to socially-minded activities; more and more, firms are launching schemes with clear goals and measurable outcomes. Read more …

Morocco to give 600 mosques a green makeover

Six hundred “green mosques” are to be created in Morocco by March 2019 in a national consciousness-raising initiative that aims to speed the country’s journey to clean energy.

If all goes to plan, the green revamp will see LED lighting, solar thermal water heaters and photovoltaic systems installed in 100 mosques by the end of this year. Read more …

International News

Paris climate agreement poised to go into force

The Paris climate agreement is on the brink of coming into force after 31 nations officially joined the landmark accord, with the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, predicting it will be fully ratified by the end of the year.  On Wednesday, 31 countries formally signed up to the Paris deal at the UN general assembly in New York. They include Brazil, the world’s seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases, Mexico, Argentina and Sri Lanka. Oil-rich United Arab Emirates also ratified the deal, as did nations considered particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, such as Kiribati and Bangladesh. Read more …

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials.  The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.  Read more …

The world passes 400ppm carbon dioxide threshold. Permanently

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm). That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.  Read more