To support the UAE in its move towards higher levels of environmental sustainability, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, has rolled out its 2019 Building Retrofit Training (BRT) calendar.
This year, there are two types of BRT workshops – an introductory and an advanced course. Conducted in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), the certification-based training are held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “We can ensure future buildings are sustainable through new regulations and innovations in sustainable technologies, but a concerted focus needs to be made around the large stock of buildings that already exist and their contribution to decarbonisation of the built environment.
“In addition to our own national targets, there are two important global deadlines approaching – the first is achieving Net Zero Carbon in new buildings by 2030 and the second is ensuring all buildings are Net Zero Carbon buildings by 2050.”
“Our Building Retrofit Training programme is a great first step in guiding the industry towards achieving these critical emission targets through retrofitting, which can be cost-efficient, ensure a longer lifespan for the building and have a better return on investment. I am confident that the Building Retrofit Programme can support the nation’s agenda and facilitate the process for industry professionals to physically start implementing their own retrofit programmes,” added Al Abbar.
The BRT programme is complemented by the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings that serves as a reference text for all industry stakeholders.
The Introductory course is a one-day workshop. No prior experience or qualifications are required for the course and it is suitable for professionals of all levels; it provides an overview of viable retrofit methods applicable in the Gulf region. Five building management categories are covered: energy, water, air quality, materials and waste and innovative management.
The Advanced course is a two-day workshop and participants successfully passing the post-course examination will become an EmiratesGBC-certified Building Retrofit Specialist.