Wacker’s new solutions will promote standardisation of construction paints

Wacker’s new solutions will promote stan…

Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:29

Germany-based international chemical company Wacker has announced to introduce its sustainable construction solutions project at the Middle East Coatings Show (MECS) from 26-28 February 2019 in Dubai, aiming to promote...

Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrofit project

Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrof…

Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:34

With DEWA’s support, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) has announced the successful completion of the Hatta solar retrofit project, which included installation of 7,756 PV solar panels over the...

Siemens to maintain and digitalise Shuweihat project

Siemens to maintain and digitalise Shuwe…

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:49

Siemens has signed an extension of an 18-year maintenance service agreement with Shuweihat S2 Operation and Maintenance Company (S2O&M) to maintain and digitalise 1,500MW Shuweihat S2 independent water and power...

Averda wins 20-year waste recovery contract in Morocco

Averda wins 20-year waste recovery contr…

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:51

Averda has won a 20-year contract with Tangier city in Morocco for advanced waste treatment services

‘Oman’s industrial sector contributed US$14.54bn to GDP’

‘Oman’s industrial sector contributed US…

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:26

Oman’s industrial sector contributed US$14.54bn to the GDP in 2017, said Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, minister of commerce and industry

DEWA announces 98 per cent completion of M-Station project

DEWA announces 98 per cent completion of…

Monday, 11 February 2019 05:27

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has completed 98 per cent of the M-Station expansion project, one of the leading power generation and water desalination plants in the UAE

Japanese energy firms to showcase innovations at 24th World Energy Congress

Japanese energy firms to showcase innova…

Monday, 11 February 2019 04:37

The 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-12 September 2019, exploring new energy futures, critical innovation areas and new energy strategies across the globe

Niger SMEs to get Khalifa Fund support

Niger SMEs to get Khalifa Fund support

Thursday, 07 February 2019 06:39

Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, met with Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, chairman of the UAE-based Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, in the Capital Niamey to discuss growing relations and strong...

UAE’s MOCCAE issues resolution on construction waste

UAE’s MOCCAE issues resolution on constr…

Thursday, 07 February 2019 06:30

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued the Ministerial Resolution No 21 of 2019 on the use of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition waste for road...

Bentley Systems announces OpenUtilities for grid modernisation

Bentley Systems announces OpenUtilities …

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 06:49

Bentley Systems has announced OpenUtilities solutions for distributed energy resources (DER) planning and design assessment in grid modernisation

Increasing focus on affordable housing in GCC

Increasing focus on affordable housing i…

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 06:50

GCC countries are strengthening their efforts to further enhance the accessibility to affordable housing for low- and middle-income households as part of government efforts to address rapid urbanisation and growing...

‘Attractive FDIs and generous government spend boosting Saudi Arabia’s economy’

‘Attractive FDIs and generous government…

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 04:28

Increased government spending and progress on mega-project developments provide a catalyst for future investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia, outlines JLL’s 2018 Year in Review report

Eaton introduces new generation of 93E UPS

Eaton introduces new generation of 93E U…

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 03:22

Power management company Eaton has introduced of the second-generation of its Eaton 93E uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)

Eltizam invests US$5mn in next-gen property technologies

Eltizam invests US$5mn in next-gen prope…

Monday, 04 February 2019 07:33

Eltizam Asset Management Group, a physical asset management company located across the GCC, is investing US$5mn in next-generation property technologies over the next three years, a move that is seen...

Hanergy to set up region’s first thin-film solar power industrial park in Saudi Arabia

Hanergy to set up region’s first thin-fi…

Monday, 04 February 2019 03:23

China’s Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, world's largest thin-film solar power solution company, has signed an MoU investment cooperation agreement with Ajlan & Bros to launch the first solar thin-film...

Vaisala launches 3-in-1 biogas measurement tool

Vaisala launches 3-in-1 biogas measureme…

Monday, 04 February 2019 03:00

Vaisala, a Finnish-based environmental and industrial measurements manufacturer, has introduced the world’s first in situ 3-in-1 biogas measurement instrument for measuring methane, carbon dioxide and humidity in demanding environments

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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