This was the first formal event to take place at the QGBC headquarters. The organization is led by savvy founders and committee members with diverse experience and broad industry networks including Engineer Ahmed Jolo (Chairman of Qatar Society of Engineers), Eng. Jassim Telefat (Senior Technical Manager – Capital Projects Directorate at Qatar Foundation), and Eng. Hussein Moussa Al Fateh (Project Manager-Arup).
The group included prominent government representatives and business leaders from the USA, including Nancy Hamilton, Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor, Economic Development, from The Office of the Governor of Oregon and Marvin Kaiser, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University and irrigation and building energy management expert.
The local hosts for the week long activities planned for the delegation included HE Ambassador LeBaron (U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar), Dr. Mahendra Shah (Director of Programme – QNFSP), Dr. Tidu Maini (Executive Chairman of Qatar Science and Technology Park) and Dr Abdulla Bin Ali Al-Thani (Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation).
Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi, Chairman of Qatar Green Building Council, said:
“We at Qatar Green Building Council are committed to educating and raising awareness amongst fellow nationals here in Qatar on all issues pertaining to green building and sustainability. By engaging with other global entities and experts, we are able to share best practice and learn from our visitors own initiatives and knowledge, which in turn, only expands the offering that we can share with businesses and individuals locally in this subject.”
During the visit, Eng. Jassim Telefat and Eng. Hussein Mussa spoke about QGBC’s approach to achieving sustainability through learning and education. They also explored the opportunities to establish work relations with the delegation to open doors for future cooperation in relevant projects and programs. Both, Eng. Mohamed Jaber (Chairman of QGBC Education Committee), and Dr. Alex Amato (Chairman of QGBC Research & Innovation Committee) spoke about cooperation with education and research institutions in Qatar, and the opportunity to work with the delegation to open channels for future partnerships.
The delegation was interested in learning where developers and government are on using and adopting Green building rating systems in Qatar. They stressed that governmental regulations would help pave the way as it enforces implementation of Green Building practices. QGBC indicated that before governments enforce and regulate, it is the QGBC responsibility ,goal and vision to educate.
The visit to the QGBC enabled the sharing of its plans, mission and vision for the future of the nation, from a sustainability perspective. The mission of the Qatar Green Building Council is the promotion of environmentally sound building practice and that of sustainability throughout the local construction and development industry, therefore reinforcing the ideals of the Qatar Foundation and the goals and ambitions of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The delegation also included academics and sustainability experts from the American state of Oregon, who are in Qatar for a series of meetings, on site inspections, and knowledge exchange activities in order to assist QNFSP in shaping – and then meeting – the goals of their programme.
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