Qatar aiming to become MENA’s leader in green building

Qatar has been taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve sustainable development, Meshal Al Shamari, director of Qatar green Building Counil (QGBC).

This further signifies that the Gulf state will achieve the highest number of green or carbon neutral buildings in the Middle East and North Africa by 2030.

“In Qatar, currently there are 220 LEED registered projects, and many more are in the process of registration. The number is increasing at a very promising rate,” Al Shamari said in an interview with The Peninsula newspaper.

“The efforts towards sustainable development and green building is accelerating with the highest pace compared to other countries in the region. Within less than 10 years, today we have the second highest number of green buildings in the MENA region after the UAE,” he added.

Green building specifications have been adopted by a number of organisations across Qatar as a mandatory requirement, Al Shamari emphasised. Some of the major companies that have taken the initiative to make green building requirements mandatory for its projects are Ashghal (Public Works Authority), municipality projects and Qatar Foundation projects.

But he reiterated that the onus was on now the private sector to take up the challenge, adding that the upcoming regulatory framework is expected to make it mandatory for private buildings to go green.

With the cost of development for green buildings now much more affordable, the director of the QGBC said he expected the use of traditional materials to diminish at an increasing rate and “eventually disappear from the GCC market.”

Qatar’s rating system for buildings consists of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System).

Al Shamari also said that the focus was now on promoting ‘passive buildings’ that would produce surplus power through the use of solar panels.

Source: ME Construction News