Green solutions a key trend at Domotex Middle East and R+T Middle East 2011
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, May 09 - 2011 at 15:57
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Environmentally friendly products are set to be a key trend at the region's annual showpiece events; Domotex Middle East, an event dedicated to the floor covering industry and R+T Middle East, the region's only specialised trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates, windows and sun protection systems.
Angela Schaschen, Managing Director of Deutsche Messe Dubai Branch, the organiser of Domotex Middle East said: "Both globally and in the region there is a growing awareness of the environmental impact of the materials used for floor coverings; from the energy it takes to make a product, to the energy saving benefits green products can provide, to biodegradability when disposing of the materials. And with the global green building materials market expected to reach $406bn by 2015* demand for green floor coverings is growing every year."
Despite the lack of regulations in many Middle Eastern countries to enforce a green code on the construction industry, there are some notable exceptions, Abu Dhabi, where over Dhs130bn worth of fresh construction contracts were awarded in 2010, is striving to become the green capital of the Middle East. Last year saw the launch of Abu Dhabi's building code which includes objectives to increase the use of local materials and aims to improve supply chains for sustainable and recycled materials and products. Qatar has developed the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System, a green rating system which is specifically tailored for the requirements of the region. The system aims to minimize the environmental impact of the built environment while addressing the specific regional needs and environment of Qatar. The Green Business Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also encourages suppliers to produce environmentally responsible products for the construction trade.
Bernhard Mueller, Division Director Messe Stuttgart International, joint organiser of R+T Middle East said; "We are seeing a huge interest in products that balance sustainability with the business objective of profitability and we expect to see this trend replicated in the Middle East. Across the region, we are increasingly seeing that new buildings, whether they are designed for office or residential use, are more attractive to the market if they have green credentials. Roller shutters, doors/gates, windows, sun-protection and access control systems are crucial components of any construction project so the business potential in this sector is significant."
Domotex and R+T Middle East 2011 will once again host Designers Corner, where industry experts will give presentations and seminars on trends, technologies and the hottest projects in the GCC. Designers Corner has a duel focus this year with a Domotex Middle East day dedicated to Interior Designers and an R+T Middle East day dedicated to Architects.
The Designers' Corner attracts designers, interior designers and architects looking for information on ongoing projects in the region, industry insights and new materials.
"With information on the newest product developments and innovations, all conveniently brought together in Designers Corner, visitors can catch up on the latest ideas and use their new-won knowledge to stay ahead of their competitors," concludes Schaschen.
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