Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (Gord) and the Qatar National Conservation Programme (Tarsheed) shared best practices on saving energy and water through the use of Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) tools at an event recently.
Building administrators, commissioning engineers, environmentalists, and movement officials participated in the GSAS-Operation CGP Workshop at Qatar National Convention Centre.
Dr Yousef Alhorr, Gord’s founding chairman, and Abdulaziz al-Hammadi, manager, Conservation & Energy Efficiency Department at Kaharamaa representing the president of Kahramaa, welcomed the building sector community and emphasised the importance of improving sustainability performance for the existing buildings.
Some of the participants at the event
GSAS Operations certification aims to reduce the environmental impacts of existing buildings, to improve health and well-being and occupant satisfaction by adopting the best practice available. Irrespective of how buildings are designed and built, the actual sustainability footprint largely depends on how buildings are operated.
“Cities are the hub of human life,” said Dr Alhorr. “Therefore, it is critical to ensure that while we focus on the comforts of living, the cities remain sustainable, resilient and low-carbon.”
“We believe that energy and water labelling standards and practices adopted by GSAS-Operations will go long way to mitigate harmful environmental impacts due to operation of buildings.” Alhorr added.
He noted that Gord is taking several serious steps to advance climate change actions in Qatar and the region.
“Today’s workshop comes at the core of Tarsheed’s mission and ongoing endeavors to promote sustainability. I would like to acknowledge Gord’s outstanding organisation of the workshop and their remarkable contribution to the sustainability field in Qatar and region,” said al-Hammadi.
The workshop attracted the participation of more than 90 practitioners working in various public and private sectors in Qatar and the region.
Representing more than 38 government entities and local organisations, the delegates reaffirmed their commitment to improving the sustainability standards of the built environment and address the need to conserve water and energy consumption in Qatar and the region.
The certificate targets five main assessment categories: energy consumption and performance, water consumption, indoor environment quality, waste management, and facility management. Projects that target the standard operations scheme must fulfill the energy, water and facility management requirements. While projects that demonstrate compliance in the energy, water, indoor environment, waste management and facility management categories will be awarded the premium scheme certificate.