6 June 2013 — The vision to make Qatar the regional capital of green building has received a fillip with the recent launch of Version 2.0 of Global Sustainability Assessment System by the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development.

“Described as the world’s most comprehensive sustainability rating system for the built environment, the new GSAS version includes the world’s first railroad projects assessment system and the Middle East’s first sustainable parks and public space assessment system”, according to an article in The Gulf Times.

“Systems to assess urban planning, health facilities, sports facilities, green buildings project management system GSAS gate, training programmes for professionals in the real estate sector and launch of GSAS computer-based tests around the world are among the new features.

“GSAS Version 2.0 has upgraded the system to handle – through a scientific approach – the technical challenges involved in air conditioning open stadiums, using conventional methods as well as renewable energy, in line with the FIFA 2022 requirements.

“Yet another distinctive feature in the new version is ‘GSAS Publication Series’, which provides all scientific references and technical information on amazon.com as well as international publishing houses to facilitate easy access to information and support Gord’s globalisation goals.”

The publication reports that information released by Gord at the launch of GSAS Version 2.0 indicated that Qatar had emerged as one of the most advanced countries in terms of applying sustainability criteria to real estate projects in cities.

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