Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “We can ensure future buildings are sustainable through new regulations and innovations in sustainable technologies, but a concerted focus needs to be made around the large stock of buildings that already exist and their contribution to decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition to our own national targets, there are two important global deadlines approaching - the first is achieving Net Zero Carbon in new buildings by 2030 and the second is ensuring all buildings are Net Zero Carbon buildings by 2050.”“Our Building Retrofit Training programme is a great first step in guiding the industry towards achieving these critical emission targets through retrofitting, which can be cost-efficient, ensure a longer lifespan for the building and have a better return on investment. I am confident that the Building Retrofit Programme can support the nation’s agenda and facilitate the process for industry professionals to physically start implementing their own retrofit programmes,” added Al Abbar.
Over the past few years the BRT programme has had many participants from across the industry who have praised it for its thorough methods in approaching retrofitting in the UAE market.A Sustainability Engineer from a Government Organisation who participated in the Advanced Course said: “I would like to personally thank EGBC for introducing the BRT as it became really a good reinforcement to tackle the issues concerning the built environment especially the existing buildings. Truly, if majority of the building professionals, owners and the building occupants are aware of the impact of buildings, EGBC’s launching of the certification for Building Retrofit specialists will paved the way to transforming buildings and the built environment in general as high performing and low to zero carbon places on earth.”
“I took BRT because I am a non-technical professional entering the retrofit sector in Dubai, I currently hold a position in business development working on demand side management. This course gave me a solid overview about how to begin understanding a building/villa/structure from a retrofit perspective and the current legislation and trends in the UAE,” commented a Business Development Manager, Energy Consultancy, who participated in both the Introductory and Advanced courses.The BRT programme is complimented by the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings that is available in Arabic and English, and serves as a valuable reference text for all industry stakeholders to achieve higher levels of energy and water efficiency by retrofitting existing buildings.