Barwa Real Estate Company and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company have announced a partnership with TC Chan Centre for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (US) to introduce a comprehensive 'green building design' rating system for all Barwa and Qatari Diar projects.
"Barwa, Qatari Diar and TC Chan Centre have developed the first ground-up Performance-Based Sustainability Rating System in the Middle East to be applied in Qatar (QSAS) to create a sustainable built environment that minimises ecological impact while addressing the specific regional needs and environment of Qatar," said Dr Yousif Al Horr, President of Strategy and Investment at Barwa.
"Developing QSAS based on local needs while leveraging best practices is a definite advantage, especially for regions where environmental, economic, social and cultural conditions are unlike other areas in the world, factors such as desertification, scarcity of water, pedestrian connectivity and cultural heritage/identity are either omitted or unsuitably addressed," says Mohamed Al Hedfa, Deputy CEO Business Development, Qatari Diar.
The announcement came at the start of Global City, a two-day sustainable urban development forum in Abu Dhabi, which attracted more than 1,000 city and political leaders from 43 countries.
Dr Ali Malkawi, Director of TC Chan Centre, said the QSAS developed a standalone building energy standard to support Qatar's building energy ratings.
"The screening process narrowed down to six frameworks and rating methods – Breeam (UK), Green Globes (Canada), CASBEE (Japan), SBTool (International), CEPAS (Hong Kong) and Leed (US).
These six systems were further analysed and then later evaluated on buildings in Qatar.
The result was a comparative analysis of the rating systems' achievements and limitations used to inform and set the stage for the initial development of QSAS," said Ali Malkawi.
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