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Emirates Green Building Council’s ‘Focus Day’ To Feature Best Industry Practices At Inaugural Middle East Summit In Abu Dhabi
(22 May 2010)
Event to Facilitate Discussion on Achieving Sustainability in Built Environment


The Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) will host a special ’Focus Day’ to highlight the latest pilot and development studies on best practices at the inaugural Green Building Middle East Summit in Abu Dhabi, organizers of Arabian Construction Week (ACW) announced today.

Designed to address the misconceptions associated with the issue of additional cost associated with green building, the Emirates GBC Focus Day include seven in-depth workshops covering different aspects of green construction, including regional councils, regulations, codes and guidelines, materials and products, new designs, existing buildings and services, impact and rewards of green building as well as green building education.

To be held on 26 May, the
Emirates GBC Focus Day will be part of the Arabian Construction Week that will run from 24 – 26 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Jeff Willis, Chairman, EGBC, said: "The UAE has a firm commitment to green building measures. It is very exciting to see an event that combines an exhibition and the summit on green building with both forums seeking to share leading industry practices, techniques and accomplishments. At the same time, we believe the summit will prove to be an appropriate venue for industry professionals to exchange ideas and partner with each other to further develop green building industry.

“In 2006 when the Emirates Green Building Council was formally launched, it was the eighth green building council in the world. Over the past four years, we have experienced great transformations in the industry where numerous councils have been established to actively promote green building principles. We want this trend to continue with every country in the region joining hands to ensure the sustainable future of the construction industry.”

In addition to Jeff Willis, individual sessions will also host speakers including Steven Pratt, Secretary of Emirates GBC, Graeme McCaig, General Manager of Dutco Balfour Beatty, Ms. Martina Konrad - Dipl. Ing., Architect Sustainability Consultant,
Daniel Hajjar, Vice-Chairman of Emirates GBC, Adnan Sharafi, Awareness and Marketing Coordinator at Emirates GBC, Professor Neil Kirkpatrick - Head of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Group, and Richard Smith, Technical Director – Middle East and India – Atkins.

The Green Building Middle East Summit is set to bring together the region’s foremost industry leaders in addition to hundreds of exhibitors, over 300 delegates and numerous trade visitors.

The Arabian Construction Week, organized by MECOM Events and MEED, will incorporate three dedicated vertical trade exhibitions including Future Build, Civil Engineering and Green Building Expos. The Arabian Construction Week will gather a spectrum of exhibiting companies, trade visitors and senior industry leaders.

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