Energy Efficient Building a Must in
the Gulf States
Dhabi: Residential and commercial buildings in the Gulf
currently consume 45 per cent of the energy produced in the
region, demanding timely guidelines for sustainable buildings to
avert a future energy crisis, said an official at the Emirates
Green Building Council (Emirates GBC).
Dr Mohsin Aboulnaga, Professor of Architecture and Sustainable
design and Chairman of Emirates GBC made this comment at a
recent briefing for an international conference on
environment-friendly buildings to be held next year.
He said in addition to consuming 45 per cent of total energy,
these buildings also generate 50 per cent of the waste in the
region. Aboulnaga explained that the buildings consume energy
for cooling, heating and lighting, and emit carbon monoxide from
heating applications. He added that the Emirates GBC is
currently developing guidelines for Sustainable and Green
"The construction boom in the Gulf has neglected environmental
concerns. More attention needs to be paid towards establishing
guidelines for sustainable construction which can lead to
considerable cost savings," he said.
The four specialised shows in April 2008 will be dedicated to
high-performance buildings. They will focus on key aspects such
as modern building construction, climate control and structure.
Announcing the decision to bring the internationally known
Batimat brand to Abu Dhabi, Frederic Theux, President of Reed
Exhibitions Middle East, said the four-day show would be a key
event for the dynamic construction market in the Middle East,
which is worth $300 billion.
Theux said, "Given the current wave of new real estate
developments in the UAE and the Middle East region, we believe
that the building industry is ready to look at the benefits of
incorporating high-performance features, which result in saving
long-term operating costs. High-performance buildings are
equally important for the end-user."
Gaetan Siew, President of the International Union of Architects,
said that creating buildings that consume the minimum amount of
energy is the need of the hour. "Energy management requires an
integrated approach that includes efficient design and
appropriate material and equipment. This is an ideal time for
the Middle East to integrate the concept ... into their