Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Energy experts to speak at EmiratesGBC event

Emirates Green Building Council is organising a panel discussion on energy reduction, reuse and renewable energy in existing built environments at its monthly networking event that’s being held on September 24, 2013, from 8.30-10.30am at the Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.
The panel discussion, which will feature experts from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), ETAP, EMS and Jones Lang LaSalle, will discuss challenges related to attaining energy efficiency in existing buildings.
Adnan Sharafi, chairman of EmiratesGBC and board member of the World Green Building Council, said: "Buildings that were constructed much before environmental considerations became an industry watchword are a key contributor to environmental degradation due to their less efficient envelope, design and electrical, mechanical, HVAC and waste systems.”
“Today, there is a concerted focus on retrofitting the existing built environments to make them more environmentally friendly. Our networking event will put the spotlight on the challenges in transforming existing built environments into 'greener' ones,” Sharafi said.
Sharafi noted that buildings in the region are currently estimated to consume about 70% energy for cooling purposes.
“However, with technological advancements, it is now far more cost-effective to retrofit such systems and make them more efficient, rather than to replace them in many instances,” Sharafi said.
“The experts at our networking event will highlight how a more sustainable energy use system can be effectively integrated into the buildings covering aspects such as heating, cooling, lighting and general operations,” he said.
The networking event, which is open to both EmiratesGBC members and non-members, has been organised in partnership with MEFMA and is supported by ETAP.