Driven by social, environmental and financial priorities, the sustainable construction movement has gained significant strength and momentum over recent years. With additional pressures from climate change impacts, it is not surprising 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 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 framework and Green Building Guidelines, including the Dubai Municipality’s recently launched AL-SA’FAT Code, applicable to all construction in Dubai. Al-SA’FAT focuses on core sustainability/green building issues and provides land developers with a clear set of building specifications focusing on key design and build challenges, including the following 5 elements:
The course covers critical elements to consider at the design and planning stages of a project in order to incorporate sustainable construction principles. Additionally, the course introduces participants to LEED and ESTIDAMA Pearl Rating Principles and methodologies. For those organisations wishing to improve their overall environmental performance, the course also provides insights into Environmental Management System (EMS) methodologies and Sustainable Procurement Policy implementation and reviews their effectiveness in the construction context and their role in achieving elevated environmental standards and performance.
Participants will be helped to develop their skills as a 'Sustainability Champion' at a project level. A Sustainability Action Plan will be developed by each participant and form the basis of an effective sustainable agenda to be implemented at project level in their organization upon returning from the course.
This highly interactive course will include several International/GCC/UAE sustainability guidelines and case studies allowing participants to truly observe and reflect on the difference they can make to their own construction projects.
All participants will develop and present their own Sustainable Action Plan which can then be implemented in their organization after the course.
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, building/MEP 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.
Stephen Lowe has over 37 years experience across diverse sectors including utilities, technology, construction and civil engineering, rail, waste and local authorities.
Stephen specializes in sustainability and environmental training as well as design, implementation and integration of ISO management systems within the construction and civil engineering sectors. His areas of expertise include waste regulation, permitting and guidance on the subject of duty of care responsibilities, ecological protection, and pollution avoidance. Stephen has delivered scores of sustainability, environmental awareness and compliance training programs for the construction and rail industry, local authority, and higher education clients. He also provides lecturing support (MSc & PhD students) to the University of Surrey's Centre for Environmental Strategy. He is the Director of Atom Solutions (Environmental) Limited, a quality, environmental and sustainability training consultancy, approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Stephen holds a Diploma in Environmental Management, Corporate Membership of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He is also a member of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO).