Stakeholders meet at Dubai’s Smart Skyscrapers Summit to drive sustainability

With an enormous desire to build tall, Dubai will be home to approximately 149 skyscrapers by the end of 2015. The city’s skyline continues to grow and one can look forward to incredibly innovative designs and tall structures being constructed as a part of the ongoing trend.

Dubai Municipality’s Department of Building Permit will stress on the new regulations and codes to make high rises green. In support of the Municipality’s vision, the Chairman of Green Building Council, Saeed Al Abbar, will present on the economics of sustainable building. Breaking the myth that green buildings are not cost effective, his evaluation will share the return on investment for building green.

Facades being one of the hottest topics in the world of tall constructions, Arup’s Associate Director, Russell Cole will discuss different strategies implemented in skyscrapers of Singapore, all achieving high sustainability ratings and will draw a comparison with the world largest sun responsive facade shades adopted for Al Bahr Towers, Abu Dhabi.

With more than 7000 products and services to provide, the global leaders of silicones, Dow Corning will also share insights on growing challenges in technology. Representing the organization, the Global Façade and Architectural Design Leader,Mikkel Kragh will talk about new trendsand innovations in design, performance and sustainability of facades for skyscrapers.

Building tall comes with its own sets of challenges. Sharing his side of the story, Bart Leclercq- Head of Structures Design, WSP Middle East will talk about the challenge of constructing the tallest building in the Europe, The Shard in London on a complicated existing foundation and with the clever use of the cranes.

With fire break outs in Dubai lately being in news, the Summit will also focus on safety from fire and measures to be taken while constructing superstructures including evacuation using elevators, firefighting access and structural fire protection.

Other acclaimed guests sharing their knowledge and showcasing their solutions include Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director at Knauf Middle East, A.N. Venkat, Vice President Sales, Heavy Sections at Emirates Steel, Alfred Seeling, Design Director at Woods Bagot, Bert van de Line, Group Technical Director at Permasteelisa Group and many more.

“Immense urbanisation have created a need to build tall, and with this a new set of design and construction challenges to tackle the all elements including weight, wind, fire, energy consumption and accessibility for occupants. At such a crucial stage in Dubai’s growth, this event serves as an opportunity for knowledge sharing and a unique chance to rub shoulders with city leaders and tall buildings experts”, stated Charlene Corrin, Conference Producer at Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the Summit.

The two-day conference is a key gathering of stakeholders from the construction industry and the public bodies from the Middle East to enhance business, create exclusive networking opportunities, and develop a road map to drive sustainability.

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