Thursday 21 October 2021

EmiratesGBC launches first carbon case study in UAE for mall

DUBAI, 22 days ago

EmiratesGBC, an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, marked the World Green Building Week held recently, with the launch of the first embodied carbon case study in the UAE for a shopping mall. 
The study for My City Centre Masdar was conducted under the patronage of the Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai, with Majid Al Futtaim as the Net Zero Centre of Excellence Champion and Ramboll as Consultant.
Evaluating the impact of sustainable material procurement compared to legacy practices in terms of embodied carbon emissions, the study underlines that tangible reductions in embodied carbon emissions are possible with current building construction practices, said the event organisers. 
The key is to ensure appropriate steps are taken at the earliest stages of the project, they added. 
The case study features My City Centre Masdar, which is Majid Al Futtaim’s first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, and the 25th in the region. The mall achieved an overall 14 per cent embodied carbon emissions savings only through sustainable material procurement. 
The major and main groups of materials that have been considered in this embodied carbon assessment of the mall are concrete, steel, timber, insulation, glass, interior finishes such as paints, coatings, tiles and carpets, and ceramics, screed, and bricks. 
The study revealed that when considering only the superstructure of the building, which comprises timber, concrete and steel, a reduction of 21 per cent in embodied carbon emissions can be achieved. Compared to ‘as-built scenario’ – using conventional practices in sourcing – emissions per square metre dropped to approximately 420 kgCO2e/m2 compared to 535 kgCO2e/m2.
EmiratesGBC Chairman Ali Al Jassim said: "This is a path-breaking study on embodied carbon emissions can be reduced through the early-stage adoption of sustainable building materials."
"The findings of this study will support the work needed to achieve net zero embodied carbon for buildings, infrastructure, and renovations. Majid Al Futtaim, as a Net Zero Champion of our Net Zero Centre of Excellence, has set a role model for the industry through their commitment to addressing the challenge of embodied carbon emissions," he added.
Hanane El Ghiouane, Commercial Advisor & Head of Green Building & Urban Development, Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai, said: "Denmark acknowledges the necessity of #racetozero for our planet to accommodate the needs of nine billion people by 2050, with an open dialogue with EmiratesGBC for contribution to the inclusive and sustainable growth for all in the built environment."
Dr Ali Amiri, Head of Specialisms, Ramboll, said: "This is a great opportunity and will encourage all major stakeholders to carry forward the practice for their built assets and help develop regional benchmarks to define embodied carbon reduction targets for future developments." 
Ibrahim Al-Zu'bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holding, said: "We realise that understanding the whole lifecycle impact of our buildings is becoming increasingly important and is a significant step towards our 2040 Net Positive Commitment. As our business continues to grow and expand across the region, decoupling our carbon emissions is a key priority."
"City Centre Masdar is built with sustainability at its core and we are proud of the results we achieved so far. City Centre Masdar is setting new standards for embodied carbon savings in the Middle East and we’re glad to contribute to the regional efforts to combat climate change by sharing our knowledge and experience," he added.
The study is authored by Dr Amiri; Neshat Sakeena, Principal Consultant; Hunyum Murya, Senior Sustainability Consultant; Ishan Kalra, Senior Sustainability Consultant; and Teeba Aljabery, Graduate Sustainability Consultant at Ramboll, and prepared and reviewed by Jinan El Hajjar, Technical Analyst; Jason John, Acting Senior Engineer; and Dr Waleed Yagoub, Director at EmiratesGBC.-TradeArabia News Service


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