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AgriteQ kickstarts with the launch of Qatar’s first Encyclopedia of Plants

In collaboration with MME, GORD has unveiled its pioneering work titled “Encyclopedia of Native & Non-Native Plants in Eastern Arabia".

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GORD participates in Qatar's 8th International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ)

GORD is participating in the 8th edition of Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ).

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GORD introduces unprecedented business support measures to support the sustainability community amid COVID-19

Mar 30,2020

GORD ensures measures to support business continuity amid COVID-19

To ensure business continuity and uninterrupted operations, GORD has taken a number of unprecedented actions to support the construction and real estate organizations and professionals.

Announcing a series of measures to support the sustainability community in dealing with the disruptions resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) has eased up a number of conditions required to obtain CGP certificates and Service Provider licenses for the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

Following the State’s directives, all GSAS workshops scheduled for late March and April were earlier postponed as a pre-emptive measure to safeguard the health and well-being of staff, clients and the broader community. Considering the potential impact of these unavoidable delays, GORD has recently announced that its event postponements will not hinder the issuance of certificates for Certified Green Professionals (CGPs) whose memberships are expiring during this period. These candidates are only required to submit their renewal applications to extend the validity of their CGP certificates. Obtaining continuing education units (CEUs) through technical workshops is a prerequisite to be qualified as a GSAS CGP. Relieving the requirement of CEUs during this time will essentially mean that the professionals can continue working on GSAS projects without any delays or disruptions.

Another key announcement coming from GORD concerns the Service Providers of GSAS. Organizations applying or renewing their Service Provider License will be temporarily exempt from their credentials requirements and given a 6-month grace period to meet the conditions necessary to qualify as a GSAS Service Provider. A Service Provider License is mandatory to provide consultancy services for GSAS projects. To meet the conditions of this permit, organizations must demonstrate their technical capacity, including qualified personnel and CGPs, to undertake such projects. With the recently announced 6-month extension, organizations will now have ample time to meet the prerequisites and bid for GSAS projects without impacting their business.

Speaking about these policy decisions, Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD said, “In responding to this uncertain healthcare situation, GORD’s approach is both preventive and compassionate. While we have little control over externalities, we have taken all practical measures to continue the issuance of necessary credentials required by organizations and individuals to pursue GSAS projects. During these trying times, our message is loud and clear.. GORD is here to support the sustainability sector in every way possible.”


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GORD participates in Qatar's 8th International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ)

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Mar 01, 2021

GORD joins MME’s Plant Million Trees Initiative

Senior leadership from MME, GORD and QSTP planted saplings of trees in the precincts of GORD’s TechnoHub research facility as a part of Plant Million Trees Initiative

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Feb 25, 2021

Qatar Foundation’s HQ awarded GSAS Gold Certificate for operating sustainably

2015 building at Education City receives GSAS certification, and represents an example of how to operate a ‘green’ building.

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Feb 22, 2021

Lekhwiya’s new development becomes the first district to achieve GSAS 4 Stars sustainability rating

Lekhwiya Camp in Duhail has emerged as Qatar’s first sustainable district with GSAS 4 Stars rating.

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Feb 16, 2021

GSAS certification achieved by Kahramaa’s Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory

The Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory of the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation "Kahramaa" is one of the latest projects certified by the GSAS.

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Nov 15, 2020

Katara Towers to become the first hotel with GSAS 5 Stars sustainability rating

GORD has awarded Katara Towers in Lusail Marina District with a provisional certificate for GSAS Design & Build 5 Stars rating.

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Nov 09, 2020

GORD trains stadiums operators and facility managers to ensure sustainable operations

Sustainability experts from GORD have concluded the GSAS Operations CGP Workshop held at Al Janoub Stadium.

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