Sustainable Design and Construction: Codes, Standards and Best Practice

Why Attend

Climate change impacts related to human activity have rapidly become one of the key global issues facing modern societies. Buildings are estimated to generate over 70% of total Green House Gas Emissions, which we know contribute to serious issues linked to sustainability and our future environment.

These and other factors have seen the sustainable construction movement gain considerable strength and momentum over recent years. Significant pressures being placed on natural resources and there are global economic and financial constraints which are driving organisations towards greater efficiencies when designing, constructing and utilizing buildings. It is not surprising therefore, that government-led sustainable design and construction initiatives are now international in scope with almost 60 national Green Building Councils (including in the UAE and GCC) establishing ambitious performance goals for the built environment in their respective countries.

In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the importance of adopting forward-looking sustainable development goals and strategies, and of approaching each construction project with a clear set of sustainability targets/KPIs. This course is suitable for all GCC participants and will take into consideration the region’s legal frameworks, Green Building Guidelines as well as draw on international and regionally established design and build codes such as LEED, GORD’s GSAS  Assessment/Certification System, and Estidama, which have been used with varying degrees of success  across the Middle East in recent years.

  • Course Objectives

    By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Define sustainable construction and address sustainability challenges at key stages of a project
    • Implement an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) and assess environmental risks, thereby improving environmental performance at project level
    • Comply with the region’s legal framework and Green Building Guidelines to protect, and enhance the physical environment where possible
    • Elevate environmental standards and performance across various structures in the built environment by following Green Building Certification schemes such as LEED, GSAS and Estidama
    • Develop and implement a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) for existing and future construction projects, and identify the tangible benefits for their organization
  • Target Competencies

    • Applying sustainable construction principles
    • Sustainable building design procurement and delivery
    • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
    • Implementing environmental management systems

What is the target audience?

  • Target Audience

    This course is designed for anyone seeking to discover ways of creating a more sustainably built environment. This could include construction project managers, civil engineers, architects, landscape architects, contract managers, site managers/agents and environmental professionals. Anyone involved with designing, creating, operating, renovating and/or demolishing structures in the built environment will also highly benefit from this course.

The case for sustainability in construction

Defining sustainability and its benefits
Origins of sustainability
Sustainable development
Current hot topics

Legal framework

Department of Planning and Development
Emirates Green Building Council
Environmental/social governance
Green growth knowledge platform
Key focus areas (compliance)

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in the construction industry

Effective EMS and site controls
EMS requirements – ISO 14001: 2004/15
Background and context
Key ISO elements

Green Building Guidelines

GSAS Scheme
UAE Scheme
Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 (2007)
Aims, objectives, aspirations
5 focus areas
Bangalore, India
25 - 29 January 2021
USD 2975 Fees + VAT Applicable

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Course available for 5 days
Lectures: 18


Working hours

Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed