Organized by IFP Qatar, Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) will hold the Green Buildings Expo 2014, the region’s biggest exhibition for sustainable solutions, at Doha Exhibition Centre from January 28 to 30, 2014.
The event will provide a global platform for construction, infrastructure, engineering, education and research institutions to exchange products and ideas in the sustainability sphere to address the specific needs of the region. The expo will comprise a sustainable built environment conference, a sustainable built environment forum, a green buildings exhibition and sustainability awards.
Dr Yousef al-Horr, founding chairman of GORD, said: “Qatar has shown firm commitment to sustainability in line with the directions of HH the Emir and Qatar National Vision 2030. The expo is yet another initiative in our pursuit to position Qatar as the capital of green.”
Dr al-Horr said the event would help reinforce Qatar’s global role in promoting sustainability. “Opening an international dialogue on green building practices will influence business decisions pertaining to the planning, procurement and implementation phases of any project. Qatar has demonstrated a solid commitment to sustainability in line with its National Vision, which outlines a shift from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a knowledge-based model,” he added.
The three-day expo will build an association of local, regional and international partnerships spanning government, industry and professional stakeholders, in ensuring that sustainability in the built environment is the central pillar of Qatar’s long-term goals. The event will bring together more than 100 exhibitors and 500 delegates, including government officials, opinion leaders, company presidents, CEOs and senior officials, civil engineers, architects, academia and construction industry practitioners from across the globe.
Dr al-Horr further said, “Our centers of excellence, including GSAS Trust, GSAS Academy, GSAS Institute and GORD Consult, have been reaching industry stakeholders across the Mena region and in key markets across the world, furthering our mission to offer new knowledge in sustainability and its applications.”
GORD Academy has accredited more than 1,000 engineers through the GSAS-CGP workshops. GORD’s global outreach has seen several international editions of the CGP workshops, starting with Jordan and Kuwait, and to be followed by Saudi Arabia.
GORD has introduced computer-based delivery of CGP examinations, offering engineers from across the globe the flexibility to undertake the examinations from any location. Across the region, GSAS has been providing a blueprint for sustainable building development, with countries such as Kuwait adopting GSAS as the national code for green building developments.