Landmark announcements for solar industry at third day of WFES

Landmark announcements for solar industr…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 07:19

The third day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) has seen a number of developments for the solar energy space including the International Solar Alliance (ISA) signing letters of...

Masdar report highlights opportunities for smart urban transportation

Masdar report highlights opportunities f…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:40

Emerging mobility technologies have the potential to provide transformational benefits for cities, with successful integration requiring focus on smart urban planning, long-term investment and use of the latest solutions, according...

World Bank forecasts about three per cent GDP growth for MENA in 2018

World Bank forecasts about three per cen…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:09

The World Bank Group’s annual forecast has predicted an average of three per cent GDP growth across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2018, which is up...

Masdar completes financing to develop Baynouna solar project in Jordan

Masdar completes financing to develop Ba…

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:08

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has announced that the financing of the largest solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been completed

NEXTracker delivers solar trackers to Egypt’s Benban solar park

NEXTracker delivers solar trackers to Eg…

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:13

The global solar EPC company Sterling and Wilson has selected NEXTracker to supply 325MW of its single-axis solar trackers to the Benban solar park project in Aswan, Egypt

Dubai to get low-cost solar power day and night

Dubai to get low-cost solar power day an…

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:57

An ACWA Power-led consortium has been awarded the fourth phase of the Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is expected to provide electricity to the emirate throughout...

ENEC CEO highlights role of nuclear energy at the Global Energy Forum

ENEC CEO highlights role of nuclear ener…

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:13

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has participated in the second Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, held from 12-13 January 2018

Ajman Holding appoints CSCEC as the official contractor of Mirkaaz

Ajman Holding appoints CSCEC as the offi…

Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:33

The UAE-based Ajman Holding has signed an agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Middle East LLC to develop and construct shopping mall Mirkaaz in Ajman, which is expected...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 7th- 11th January

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:11

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 7th- 11th January 2018

International FM leaders to convene at FM EXPO Saudi next week

International FM leaders to convene at F…

Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:34

The Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit will be organised on the opening day of FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, to be held at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and...

SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel to reduce downtime and increase output

SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel to reduce…

Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:28

The UAE-based Star Cement has shifted from mild steel to SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel grades, aiming to achieve a turnaround in its machinery downtime and increase production

Yahsat and Tanaza to increase public Wi-Fi hotspots globally

Yahsat and Tanaza to increase public Wi-…

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:56

Tanaza, the Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider, has signed a MoU with the UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat, aiming to provide Wi-Fi management platform for Yahsat’s satellite broadband services

Abu Dhabi to host fifth edition of EcoWASTE Exhibition

Abu Dhabi to host fifth edition of EcoWA…

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 06:27

With an aim to promote sustainable waste management and recycling across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the fifth edition of EcoWASTE Exhibition will be held in Abu Dhabi...

ACWA Power reaches financial close for three solar PV projects in Egypt

ACWA Power reaches financial close for t…

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:25

ACWA Power has reached the financial close of the three solar PV projects worth US$190mn under Round 2 of Egypt Feed-in-Tariff programme II, with an aggregate capacity of 165.5MWp

Al Naboodah launches new facilities management business

Al Naboodah launches new facilities mana…

Monday, 08 January 2018 08:11

Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE) is entering the facilities management (FM) industry with the launch of Al Naboodah Facilities Management

DP World invests more than US$1bn in global trade in 2017

DP World invests more than US$1bn in glo…

Monday, 08 January 2018 06:50

DP World has invested more than US$1bn in global trade opportunities in 2017, with an aim to diversify its business across the supply chain and explore smart innovation technologies

Sustainable products at the heart of The Big 5

Green Build Conference at The Big 5 2012 The Big 5 2012 takes place from 5-8 November at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. (Image source: dmg::events)Sustainable products will be a key growth driver for the Middle East construction sector, according to Mario Seneviratne, a speaker at the Green Build Conference at The Big 5 2012 and director of Green Technologies FZCO

The region, which has already made major inroads in the adoption of sustainable construction practices over the last five years, paves this growth further as international exhibitors choose to introduce their latest innovations in this market.

The Big 5 2012 will see a number of green product launches and demonstrations from exhibitors, some of which will be introduced in the Middle East for the first time ever. They include Carlisle HVAC Products, an exhibitor from the US, who has developed a robot - the Inspecting, Sealing and Advanced Cleaning (ISAAC) Robotic Solution - to offer efficient remediation of existing HVAC systems.

The robot can clean hard to reach places that are inaccessible to humans. It can also help improve indoor air quality and decrease heating and cooling costs without significant interruption to building occupants.

Similarly, for the region with abundant solar energy, Austria-based exhibitor Sun Master has developed a new solar collector that feature vein-like channels – similar to those found in leaves – to deliver a greater thermal output without increasing manufacturing costs.

Another exhibitor, Taiwan’s Leve Bio-Green will introduce LED lighting systems that are used widely across hospitals, supermarkets, public buildings and warehouses. Their products can save energy by more than 50 percent and have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.

In the region, UAE and Qatar have sustainability regulations already in place that mandate minimum levels of sustainability. Similarly, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have numerous projects that have sustainability related key performance indicators, implying a clear shift towards green.

Sustainable buildings call for a wide range of products and services that are designed to comply with a structure’s complete lifecycle - from design, construction, operation, maintenance and renovation to its final stage of deconstruction. Green projects today are seen as profitable as it offers a greater return on investment for the developers while being cost-efficient for the end-user.

“These eco-friendly launches come at a time when the UAE is driving the way with new rules and regulations to promote sustainable construction,” said Mario Seneviratne.

“In order to increase further awareness for green buildings, one of the educational elements at this year’s event will include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workshops which will take participants through core concepts, strategies and implementation of sustainable buildings."

To support the adoption of eco-efficient products among local manufacturers, designers and contractors, The Big 5 will also host the Gaia Awards and the Green Build Conference, which will address important issues and opportunities that are essential to remain compliant, competitive and sustainable in the Middle East.

The Big 5 2012 takes place from 5-8 November with Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM EXPO at the Dubai World Trade Centre. An event with more than 30 years of history, it has grown to become the largest of its kind for the building and construction industry, and a truly international stage for the Middle East industry.

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