Retrofit essential to meet Net Zero Carbon building target, says EmiratesGBC

Emirates Green Building Council offering retrofit training to help companies to reduce carbon emissions from existing buildings

Retrofitting is essential to be able to meet building carbon emission targets, says Saeed Al Abbar of EmiratesGBC.
Retrofitting is essential to be able to meet building carbon emission targets, says Saeed Al Abbar of EmiratesGBC.

Building retrofitting is essential to help meet carbon emission targets, the chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council has said.

Saeed Al Abbar said that building retrofits will be essential to meet targets of eliminating carbon emissions by 2050, especially the target of all Net Zero Carbon buildings by 2050.

EmiratesGBC has launched a Building Retrofit Training Programme to introduce Gulf-region retrofit specifications.

Al Abbar said: “We can ensure future buildings are sustainable through new regulations and innovations in sustainable technologies, but a concerted focus needs to be made on buildings that already exist and their contribution to decarbonisation of the built environment.”

He said EmiratesGBC introduced the Building Retrofit Training Programme as a first step in guiding the industry towards achieving these critical emission targets through retrofitting. The retrofitting 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 begin implementing their own retrofit programmes,” Al Abbar added.

The programme entails an introductory one-day workshop as well as an advanced two-day workshop where participants are introduced to Gulf region retrofit specifications.

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