Adnan Sharafi

5 June 2013 — Emirates Green Building Council has launched the inaugural EGBC Awards to honour excellence in sustainable built environments and to recognise innovative ideas that contribute to a green construction sector in the UAE and the Middle East and North Africa region.

The awards will be presented in eight categories with seven honours for organisations that demonstrate clear implementation of sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings or structures.

One award, the Dr Owainati Student Award, will be presented to university students for innovative and inspiring ideas that will contribute to sustainable development in the construction and building industry.

EmiratesGBC chairman Adnan Sharafi said across the Middle East and North Africa region, the construction sector was placing greater emphasis on sustainability, in line with the development goals of governments that focus on the environment and efficient use of energy resources.

“Over the past years, EmiratesGBC has been aggressively promoting awareness on creating sustainable built environments, and we see tangible results in the strong interest of stakeholders and implementation across the construction and building sector supply chain.

“We are therefore introducing the EGBC Awards to honour these green champions and inspire them and others to continue the good work they do for the benefit of the environment, community and future generations.

“The objective of the awards is to also create a strong benchmark against which green best practices can be evaluated and measured.”

The awards will be Operational Green Building, Carbon Savings/Reduction Program of the Year, Green Building System, Green Building Material/Product Award, Green Building Research, Training Initiative of the Yea, Refurbishment of the Year and the Dr Owainati Student Award.

“With buildings accounting for a large component of energy use as well as greenhouse gas emissions, incorporating sustainable building practices is imperative for reducing the ecological footprint and promoting energy use efficiency,” Mr Sharafi said.

Submissions for the awards can be made online at: www.emiratesgbc.org/congress/congress-awards with submissions open until 10 October.

The award winners will be announced at the second annual EmiratesGBC Congress to be held in December 2013.