MENA Green Building Congress 2019

Amman, Jordan
Sunday 24th February 2019 to Tuesday 26th February 2019

 

MENA Green Building Congress 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is currently home to over 381 million people, and its population growth has been characterised by rapid urbanisation. This is projected to continue, with urban population expected to double from 2010 to 2050, from 200 million to nearly 400 million. This means a large demand for buildings and infrastructure, complicated by the challenges of conflict-induced displacement of people. Yet the MENA region is also set to be critical for the growth of green building globally over the next few years.

Organised in cooperation with the Jordan Green Building Council, WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will represent great opportunity to share the latest trends across the industry internationally and regionally. It will also be a chance to share success stories and discuss the ways we can collectively respond to challenges facing the region. Furthermore, it will highlight means to ensure that buildings provide a high quality of life for people, minimise negative impacts on the environment, and maximise economic benefits.

Forum objectives

MENA Green Building Congress aims to:

  • Provide a platform for government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings
  • Create momentum amongst decision makers around green building issues, by suggesting smart policies, strategies and creative programs that involve both the public and private sectors
  • Promote the adoption of green building practices and introduce new technologies
  • Offer participants a forum to network and discuss business opportunities
  • Encourage regional GBCs to share lessons learnt and advancement plans
  • Discuss ways and mechanisms through which regional cooperation can be enhanced

Who should attend?

  • Global and regional companies leading the green market transformation movement
  • Politicians such as Ministers, Mayors and local government officials
  • High-level representatives from international inter-governmental organisations
  • Private companies and business associations exploring opportunities for industry collaboration
  • Green professionals, architects, engineers, landscape designers and city planners
  • Academics and postgraduate students
  • NGOs involved in natural resource conservation and workforce development
  • Vocational training institutes interested in improving awareness and education, including preparing students for jobs within the green building industry
  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses who are exploring new areas of business

Why attend?

  • Learn about the global green building trends through the WorldGBC lens
  • Understand opportunities and challenges relating to green buildings in the region
  • Understand latest approaches and emerging best practices to address challenges
  • Leverage experiences and ideas with counterparts from the region & beyond
  • Explore business opportunities and the potential for public-private partnerships
  • Discuss legal and regulatory frameworks necessary to support green buildings in the region

Topics and themes

Sustainable reconstruction and rehabilitation

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple recent and ongoing conflicts. These countries also face severe levels of water stress and environmental degradation overlaid by climate change. Extreme temperatures coupled with lack of access to power are already exacerbating inequalities across the region. Reconstruction is likely to take place in a vacuum of environmental regulation, reducing countries’ long-term prospects for the inclusion of returnees, social stability and economic recovery.

Estimates suggest that over 560 billion USD will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there.  Rebuilding allows the opportunity to benefit from the latest practices, materials and technologies adapted to a country’s specific climatic conditions and social fabric. The WorldGBC MENA Network has commenced a project with Chatham House to develop internationally agreed guidelines and principles and the capacity to apply them within both the construction industry and donor and finance institutions is essential to raise the level of accountability in this area.

Better Places for People

This is WorldGBC's largest global project, focused on demonstrating the human-centric co-benefits of a sustainable built environment, specifically around health and wellbeing. We believe that a message revolving around people, and their personal places and spaces, helps bring our message around green buildings to a wider audience. Active across 30 countries worldwide, the project has historically demonstrated the business case for green buildings, provided guidance for developers, owners and occupiers and worked to grow awareness of the importance of sustainability in the buildings industry.

Advancing Net Zero

This is a WorldGBC global program that aims to accelerate uptake of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. The project is guided by a framework of key principles that seek to achieve alignment and commonality in approach. This includes using carbon as the ultimate metric to track; the importance of reducing energy demand to ensure buildings are performing as efficiently as possible; the supply of renewable energy to meet remaining demand; and finally improving verification and rigour, where progress would include embodied carbon and other impact areas such as zero water and zero waste over time.  18 Green Building Councils from across our network are working to develop education programs, resources, and tools such as certification systems to facilitate the mass market transformation required through corporate and government engagement and help support capacity development. In 2018, WorldGBC launched the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, to promote and recognise advanced leadership action towards net zero carbon buildings from business, cities, states and regions.

Embodied carbon

In order to achieve the carbon emission reductions necessary to achieve a below 2 degrees scenario, the buildings and construction sector must fully decarbonise. This includes what is termed as ‘embodied carbon’ when assessed at a building level - the emissions associated with the production, transportation and disposal of building materials and the construction process itself. As we build increasingly energy efficient buildings that use less and less energy to operate and rely increasingly on locally-generated low or zero carbon heat and power sources, the proportion of the building’s lifecycle carbon that comes from the embodied carbon becomes more significant. There remains a significant, and still largely untapped, opportunity to address the embodied carbon of a building or project, alongside its operational efficiency, of a building. WorldGBC is working to create a conversation around the value and importance of embodied carbon, with the aim of creating and stimulating market demand for transparency, improvements, and verification of embodied carbon reductions.

Re-discovering indigenous green building techniques

With the rapid pace of urbanisation, traditional building methods are often replaced with more “contemporary” structures and materials. What can we learn from the region’s traditional building methods which tend to be energy efficient with better thermal comfort compared to some newer designs? Review of options for incorporating the best of past methods into modern designs and construction work.

Fees

  • Registration fees for non-members will be USD 300
  • Registration fees for MENA GBC members will be USD 150
  • Exceptions will be given to students

Contact information

Mohammed Asfour, Regional Head – MENA, World Green Building Council

Amman, Jordan

mena@worldgbc.org

+ 962 7777 4 1000

Program (subject to change)

Sunday 24 February

MENA Regional Meeting (For GBCs only)

Time 08:30 – 16:30

Location Meeting Room 3, Kempinski Hotel Amman

GBCs from across the region will come together to share knowledge and learn about effective strategies and programs to help them drive their local building industries towards sustainability. They will also explore joint project opportunities which will contribute to improving the built environment across the region. Currently there are GBCs in the UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Palestine as well as interested groups in, Kurdistan, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Purpose

  • Follow up on progress achieved by MENA GBCs since the Dead Sea meeting in January 2018
  • Extend the reach of WorldGBC’s global projects towards the wider green building network in order to fulfil the 2050 vision
  • Learn about opportunities and challenges facing green building councils in the region
  • Encourage regional cooperation around issues of mutual interest

Desired outcome

  • Update on a regional roadmap and action plan and agree on next steps
  • Identify valuable resources and deliverables for the MENA GBC network

Attendees

  • Regional GBC official representatives
  • Regional partners - Current and potential, and event sponsors

See the full agenda here

 

Monday 25 February

MENA Green Building Congress

Time 08:30 – 17:30

Location Al-Reem Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel Amman

See the full agenda here

 

Tuesday 26 February

Better Places for People training by Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People, World Green Building Council

Time 8:30 – 14:30   

Location Al-Reem Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel Amman

See the full agenda here

 

Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 27 February 

Trip to Petra!

1-night stay at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Petra (Cost to be covered directly by delegates)

Buses depart from Kempinski Hotel Amman at 16:00 on Tuesday 26 February and return to Amman by 20:00 on Wednesday 27 February.

See the full itinerary here

 

MENA Green Building Congress 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is currently home to over 381 million people, and its population growth has been characterised by rapid urbanisation. This is projected to continue, with urban population expected to double from 2010 to 2050, from 200 million to nearly 400 million. This means a large demand for buildings and infrastructure, complicated by the challenges of conflict-induced displacement of people. Yet the MENA region is also set to be critical for the growth of green building globally over the next few years.

Organised in cooperation with the Jordan Green Building Council, WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will represent great opportunity to share the latest trends across the industry internationally and regionally. It will also be a chance to share success stories and discuss the ways we can collectively respond to challenges facing the region. Furthermore, it will highlight means to ensure that buildings provide a high quality of life for people, minimise negative impacts on the environment, and maximise economic benefits.

Forum objectives

MENA Green Building Congress aims to:

  • Provide a platform for government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings
  • Create momentum amongst decision makers around green building issues, by suggesting smart policies, strategies and creative programs that involve both the public and private sectors
  • Promote the adoption of green building practices and introduce new technologies
  • Offer participants a forum to network and discuss business opportunities
  • Encourage regional GBCs to share lessons learnt and advancement plans
  • Discuss ways and mechanisms through which regional cooperation can be enhanced

Who should attend?

  • Global and regional companies leading the green market transformation movement
  • Politicians such as Ministers, Mayors and local government officials
  • High-level representatives from international inter-governmental organisations
  • Private companies and business associations exploring opportunities for industry collaboration
  • Green professionals, architects, engineers, landscape designers and city planners
  • Academics and postgraduate students
  • NGOs involved in natural resource conservation and workforce development
  • Vocational training institutes interested in improving awareness and education, including preparing students for jobs within the green building industry
  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses who are exploring new areas of business

Why attend?

  • Learn about the global green building trends through the WorldGBC lens
  • Understand opportunities and challenges relating to green buildings in the region
  • Understand latest approaches and emerging best practices to address challenges
  • Leverage experiences and ideas with counterparts from the region & beyond
  • Explore business opportunities and the potential for public-private partnerships
  • Discuss legal and regulatory frameworks necessary to support green buildings in the region

Topics and themes

Sustainable reconstruction and rehabilitation

Urban areas and essential infrastructure across Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Gaza have suffered large-scale damage and destruction due to multiple recent and ongoing conflicts. These countries also face severe levels of water stress and environmental degradation overlaid by climate change. Extreme temperatures coupled with lack of access to power are already exacerbating inequalities across the region. Reconstruction is likely to take place in a vacuum of environmental regulation, reducing countries’ long-term prospects for the inclusion of returnees, social stability and economic recovery.

Estimates suggest that over 560 billion USD will be needed across the region just to repair and rebuild what was previously there.  Rebuilding allows the opportunity to benefit from the latest practices, materials and technologies adapted to a country’s specific climatic conditions and social fabric. The WorldGBC MENA Network has commenced a project with Chatham House to develop internationally agreed guidelines and principles and the capacity to apply them within both the construction industry and donor and finance institutions is essential to raise the level of accountability in this area.

Better Places for People

This is WorldGBC's largest global project, focused on demonstrating the human-centric co-benefits of a sustainable built environment, specifically around health and wellbeing. We believe that a message revolving around people, and their personal places and spaces, helps bring our message around green buildings to a wider audience. Active across 30 countries worldwide, the project has historically demonstrated the business case for green buildings, provided guidance for developers, owners and occupiers and worked to grow awareness of the importance of sustainability in the buildings industry.

Advancing Net Zero

This is a WorldGBC global program that aims to accelerate uptake of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. The project is guided by a framework of key principles that seek to achieve alignment and commonality in approach. This includes using carbon as the ultimate metric to track; the importance of reducing energy demand to ensure buildings are performing as efficiently as possible; the supply of renewable energy to meet remaining demand; and finally improving verification and rigour, where progress would include embodied carbon and other impact areas such as zero water and zero waste over time.  18 Green Building Councils from across our network are working to develop education programs, resources, and tools such as certification systems to facilitate the mass market transformation required through corporate and government engagement and help support capacity development. In 2018, WorldGBC launched the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, to promote and recognise advanced leadership action towards net zero carbon buildings from business, cities, states and regions.

Embodied carbon

In order to achieve the carbon emission reductions necessary to achieve a below 2 degrees scenario, the buildings and construction sector must fully decarbonise. This includes what is termed as ‘embodied carbon’ when assessed at a building level - the emissions associated with the production, transportation and disposal of building materials and the construction process itself. As we build increasingly energy efficient buildings that use less and less energy to operate and rely increasingly on locally-generated low or zero carbon heat and power sources, the proportion of the building’s lifecycle carbon that comes from the embodied carbon becomes more significant. There remains a significant, and still largely untapped, opportunity to address the embodied carbon of a building or project, alongside its operational efficiency, of a building. WorldGBC is working to create a conversation around the value and importance of embodied carbon, with the aim of creating and stimulating market demand for transparency, improvements, and verification of embodied carbon reductions.

Re-discovering indigenous green building techniques

With the rapid pace of urbanisation, traditional building methods are often replaced with more “contemporary” structures and materials. What can we learn from the region’s traditional building methods which tend to be energy efficient with better thermal comfort compared to some newer designs? Review of options for incorporating the best of past methods into modern designs and construction work.

Fees

  • Registration fees for non-members will be USD 300
  • Registration fees for MENA GBC members will be USD 150
  • Exceptions will be given to students

Contact information

Mohammed Asfour, Regional Head – MENA, World Green Building Council

Amman, Jordan

mena@worldgbc.org

+ 962 7777 4 1000

Program (subject to change)

Sunday 24 February

MENA Regional Meeting (For GBCs only)

Time 08:30 – 16:30

Location Meeting Room 3, Kempinski Hotel Amman

GBCs from across the region will come together to share knowledge and learn about effective strategies and programs to help them drive their local building industries towards sustainability. They will also explore joint project opportunities which will contribute to improving the built environment across the region. Currently there are GBCs in the UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Palestine as well as interested groups in, Kurdistan, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Purpose

  • Follow up on progress achieved by MENA GBCs since the Dead Sea meeting in January 2018
  • Extend the reach of WorldGBC’s global projects towards the wider green building network in order to fulfil the 2050 vision
  • Learn about opportunities and challenges facing green building councils in the region
  • Encourage regional cooperation around issues of mutual interest

Desired outcome

  • Update on a regional roadmap and action plan and agree on next steps
  • Identify valuable resources and deliverables for the MENA GBC network

Attendees

  • Regional GBC official representatives
  • Regional partners - Current and potential, and event sponsors

See the full agenda here

 

Monday 25 February

MENA Green Building Congress

Time 08:30 – 17:30

Location Al-Reem Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel Amman

See the full agenda here

 

Tuesday 26 February

Better Places for People training by Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People, World Green Building Council

Time 8:30 – 14:30   

Location Al-Reem Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel Amman

See the full agenda here

 

Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 27 February 

Trip to Petra!

1-night stay at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Petra (Cost to be covered directly by delegates)

Buses depart from Kempinski Hotel Amman at 16:00 on Tuesday 26 February and return to Amman by 20:00 on Wednesday 27 February.

See the full itinerary here