GE presents its energy storage platform at Dubai conference

GE presents its energy storage platform …

Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:43

GE has presented GE Reservoir, an energy storage platform, at the Smart Grid and Energy Storage conference in Dubai

MAPEI invests about US$6.5mn to expand facilities in the UAE

MAPEI invests about US$6.5mn to expand f…

Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:24

MAPEI, the manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for the construction industry, has inaugurated the enlargement of its facilities in the UAE

Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia set to return in April

Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia set to …

Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:18

The second edition of the Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia will be held in Jeddah from 10-12 April amid an uptick in construction projects in the country

The Big 5 Heavy is all set to debut on 26 March

The Big 5 Heavy is all set to debut on 2…

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 06:54

International heavyweights in construction machinery will be attending The Big 5 Heavy next week, from 26-28 March 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre

‘ICT expansion and transport upgrades reshape Bahrain’s economy’

‘ICT expansion and transport upgrades re…

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 06:17

Bahrain has focused on ICT and infrastructure development to drive economic growth, a move that helped the country to make 2017 a record year for inward investment, according to a...

Fourth phase of solar park project gets under way in Dubai

Fourth phase of solar park project gets …

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:37

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum broke ground on the 700MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid...

Rockwell launches ThinManager software to improve worker productivity

Rockwell launches ThinManager software t…

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 06:06

Rockwell Automation has introduced new ThinManager v10.0 software platform, aiming to provide better access to information to the industrial workers

Middle East and North Africa to see growth in construction tenders for 2018

Middle East and North Africa to see grow…

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 06:02

Construction company Mace Group said that tender prices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could improve in 2018 after a two-year contraction in project spending

Bin Quraya Rental receives 10 Genie boom lifts in Saudi Arabia to support O&G operations

Bin Quraya Rental receives 10 Genie boom…

Monday, 19 March 2018 07:18

Seeking the right access solution to support the needs of petrol project specialist customer Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian heavy equipment rental company Bin Quraya (member of the Bin Quraya Group)...

Schneider Electric’s smart devices aim to save utility expenses

Schneider Electric’s smart devices aim t…

Monday, 19 March 2018 06:32

Schneider Electric, one of the leading providers in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched a showcase of smart city innovations to enable residents and businesses to...

Emirates Global Aluminium expands and modifies homogenisation capacities with Hertwich Engineering

Emirates Global Aluminium expands and mo…

Monday, 19 March 2018 05:26

This year, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) successfully commissioned the fifth Hertwich batch furnace plant for the heat treatment of extrusion billets at the Jebel Ali plant

New Range. New Rules - Al-Bahar at The Big 5 Heavy 2018

New Range. New Rules - Al-Bahar at The B…

Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:20

Al-Bahar, exclusive dealers of Cat® products, will participate in The Big 5 Heavy 2018, dedicated to the heavy construction industry, at Dubai World Trade Centre on from 26-28 March 2018

‘Pay as you throw’ waste fee for Dubai building owners soon

‘Pay as you throw’ waste fee for Dubai b…

Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

All buildings in the emirate will soon be charged a new fee of US$21.78 per tonne for general waste disposal, which is proposed to go up by US$2.72 per annum...

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 online vehicle licensing transactions in 2017

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 …

Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has processed more than half a million transactions relating to vehicle licensing in 2017 amidst a major push to digitise government services

Digitalisation and clean energy integration help ABB attain growth in UAE

Digitalisation and clean energy integrat…

Friday, 16 March 2018 10:55

ABB has recorded a steady and sustained growth in the UAE in 2017

FAMCO launches ‘safer’ Volvo trucks in UAE

FAMCO launches ‘safer’ Volvo trucks in U…

Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:50

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO) announced the launch of the Volvo Trucks advanced safety features in the UAE 

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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