Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, has launched the EGBC 2015 Awards to honour excellence in sustainability initiatives by organisations and individuals from across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Following the strong response to the first two editions of the Awards, this year’s EGBC Awards will include four new additional-subcategories within the Green Building of the Year Award, to highlight the efforts by the different types of buildings and sectors to green their facilities and operations.
Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “Emirates Green Building Council has been at the forefront in promoting awareness of best practices in sustainable built environments over the past years, and we have seen tangible results, highlighted by the increasing number of initiatives implemented across the construction and building industries.”
“As the MENA region continues its strong efforts on implementing sustainable practices, it is important that the innovative approaches are recognised, to encourage future initiatives in promoting sustainable built environments. Through the awards, we aim to highlight and celebrate those best practices in sustainable building, as well as provide a knowledge-sharing platform among the various stakeholders,” Al Abbar added.
The six main categories of the EGBC 2015 Awards include: Green Facility Management Organisation of the Year for a UAE-based FM organisation for its commitments towards sustainability; Green Building Material/Product Award for the successful introduction to the MENA region of a construction material or product/component which addresses green building principles; Green Building System Award for a building system that provides a more sustainable solution to green building construction than traditional construction methods; Green Building Research Award for research that establishes dependable data, in an area not previously available, related to green building performance; Training Initiative of the Year for the best sustainability training initiative in the MENA region; and Green Building of the year, for finalised buildings in the MENA region that respected the highest sustainability standards and included innovation in design and processes in its construction and completion. This honour will be presented in four new sub-categories this year including Green hotel, Green School, Green Commercial Building and Green Residential Building.
A special Dr Owainati Award for Students, sponsored by EmiratesGBC co-founder Dr Sadek Owainati, will also be awarded to a UAE university student for exceptional research work on a subject related to green buildings in the Middle East. To qualify for the Dr Owainati Award for Students, the research topic must be directly applicable to green building design, technology, construction or operation with emphasis on its applicability in the MENA region.
The EGBC Awards 2015 were announced at an EmiratesGBC networking event in Dubai on December 9, where 2014 winners The Change Initiative, Royal City Contracting LLC. and Johson Controls presented their winning projects to the participants.
Deadline for submissions to EGBC Awards 2015 is February 19, 2015 by 5pm (UAE time). More details on fees, application form and guidelines are available on the EmiratesGBC website (www.emiratesgbc.org/awards ). The award winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in May next year.
EmiratesGBC regularly hosts and participates in multinational events, conferences and forums. EmiratesGBC has also developed a suite of activities, inclusive of networking events, technical workshops, focus days and facilitated training based around specific issues related to the built-environment that meet the needs of its members, of the UAE community, and the wider Middle East.