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Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) signs MoU with Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF)

The MoU will help prepare AZF facilities as per the GSAS standards and spread awareness about sustainability among AZF employees

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GSAS Energy Assessment workshop demonstrates best practice on improving energy conservation

Professionals acquired a comprehensive understanding of GSAS Energy Assessment Framework and guidelines to ensure an error-free data submission.

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New Certified Green Professionals (CGPs) look forward to implementing GSAS in their respective fields of work

Oct 09,2017

Another batch of thirty-six professionals, mostly from the construction industry, attended the three-day GSAS-CGP Workshop from 3-5 October 2017 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The workshop was organized by GORD Academy for these professionals as a prerequisite before clearing the online exam to become a GSAS-CGP (Certified Green Professional). This qualification enables industry professionals to play a vital role in the implementation of GSAS on macro as well as micro levels in projects of diverse natures and scales.

We spoke to a few workshop participants before, during and after the workshop to find out what expectations and perceptions they had of GSAS before the workshop and what changed after attending the three days session. Also, we tried to find out about the different areas where they planned to use the learnings.

 

Talking about his experience, Mr. Gurubasu Katageri, a Senior Sustainability Engineer from Green Construct Dubai told us before the workshop that being familiar with most of the established sustainability systems, he found GSAS quite different from the rest. He thought the complex scales and formulae made it seem a little off the grid. However, when we spoke to him towards the end of the workshop, he admitted that his view had changed a great deal as Dr. Esam Elsarrag explained the approach and thinking behind GSAS with its focus on the specific needs and challenges of the region. He understood the logic behind the intricately designed system that he found to be more performance based and suited to this region while most other programs are usually prescriptive in nature.

Another workshop participant Mr. Keyur Shah, an Environmental Expert at the Ministry of Municipality & Environment expected to get an in depth understanding of GSAS from the workshop which can be applied to the assessment of projects that apply for an environmental permit. These are developmental projects of diverse natures including infrastructural, industrial, agricultural, etc.

Mr. Luis O’ Connor, an Architect at Khatib Alami (CEC) expressed his satisfaction at the content and guidance he received regarding GSAS. Speaking about his nature of work, i.e. architectural projects, he found the ‘Site’ category of GSAS very useful in particular. He said the other systems that he worked with in Europe focused only on the building itself and not much on the surroundings whereas the GSAS ‘Site’ category takes everything related to it into consideration.

At the end of the workshop Dr. Yousef Alhorr (Founding Chairman GORD) also welcomed the participants into the CGP community and wished them well for achieving their goals. He also briefed them about various other initiatives of GORD.


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GSAS Energy Assessment workshop demonstrates best practice on improving energy conservation

Professionals acquired a comprehensive understanding of GSAS Energy Assessment Framework and guidelines to ensure an error-free data submission.

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May 08, 2018

Qatar Rail receives the Sustainability Award 2018 for Msheireb Station

Dr. Yousef Alhorr (Founding Chairman GORD) handed the award to Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al-Subaie, Managing Director and CEO of Qatar Rail

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May 03, 2018

GORD presents workshop in Kuwait titled The Future of Green Buildings in GCC: GSAS Standard Perspective

The Associate Certified Green Professional (ACGP) workshop was conducted in collaboration with EnerTech Company.

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Apr 15, 2018

GORD to launch the Sustainability Summit 2018 Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada (Minister of Energy and Industry in Qatar)

Event will be held in Ritz-Carlton Doha on 23 -24 October 2018

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Apr 02, 2018

GSAS Certified Professionals Refresh their Knowledge at the Refresher Course based on Latest Updates

Participants appreciated the continuous learning and support provided by GORD Academy

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Mar 18, 2018

GSAS Construction Management workshops continue to empower professionals in implementing green building best practices

Delegates get hands-on training in effective, error-free submission for the certification.

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GORD chairs the 4th meeting of GCC Technical Committee for Green Buildings Standardization in Kuwait

The meeting was jointly organized by GORD and the Public Authority for Industry, Kuwait

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