“INNOVATING TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT"
25TH April 2012
Under the Patronage of
HE SHEIKH IBRAHIM AL KHALIFA
MINISTER OF HOUSING, BAHRAIN
The impact we make on the environment through our homes is the starting point for a global understanding to protect the world for future generations.
At a time when conventional building thinking is about steel and cement construction techniques, the Green Building Forum provides a platform to rethink conventional thinking by showing that Green Building techniques do not compromise quality or increase in costs of construction.
The Forum is symbolic of not only increased awareness of design-related environment issues but also a hunger for more knowledge on the commercial benefits and opportunities of green technologies in industrial and construction projects.
The Green Building Forum is a platform for the exchanging of information amongst the delegates and the panel of experts.
The Forum comes at a time when commercial and residential developments in the Gulf are increasingly looking to embrace green building concepts to conserve energy and reduce environmental impact. The US$22 billion Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, being developed by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), is probably the most high profile project and will be the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero waste city powered completely by renewable energy when it opens in phases from 2010 onwards. Currently, Gulf buildings are some of the least energy efficient in the world thanks to a construction boom fuelled in recent years by high oil prices and subsequent rapid economic growth. Per capita carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are also some of the world’s highest – in Bahrain alone they have risen a staggering 60% since 1998. Estimates suggest that a green building has the potential to deliver average consumption savings of up to 70% in electricity, between 50% and 60% in water compared to a standard building.
Innovatively, Green Building Forum will also look at education as a tool for change in this field.
The Green Building Forum will be held in conjunction with the fifth gulfBID exhibition and inaugural gulfINTERIORS show, the leading exhibition for the construction and interiors industry in the Northern Gulf.