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DIAC Academic Partner – The British University in Dubai Organises the 3rd International Sustainable Building Symposium

On 15 March 2017, The British University in Dubai (BUiD) organised the 3rd International Sustainable Building Symposium-ISBS 2017 in collaboration with Gazi University from Turkey at the Address Hotel- Dubai Marina. The Symposium, which lasted of 3 days, attracted experts from Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and United Kingdom to discuss sustainable buildings issues and to share their knowledge and expertise in the field.

The Symposium included several specialized sessions with participation from local and international academic institutions. In these sessions, 135 papers were submitted discussing energy and environment, sustainable buildings and smart cities, environmental policies and practices, sustainable planning, and climate change and its impact on the built environment.
The Symposium gave recommendations to focus on renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy, which will support energy production in the country. It also recommended the focus on developing the necessary materials required for buildings insulation, which leads to less energy consumption required for maintaining the desired room temperature. Furthermore, the recommendations called for the development of energy efficient air conditioning to avoid the harmful impact on the environment.

BUiD’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulla Al Shamsi, said that the Symposium presented valuable information about the sector. He added, “The region is increasingly moving towards relying on sustainable energy solutions and green buildings practices as priority elements in all development projects, and therefore it is important to build a new generation of talent who will enhance the performance of the green buildings sector and this is the main aim which the Symposium hopes to achieve”.

The University will be sharing the Symposium’s recommendations with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Moreover, it will keep focusing on the academic and professional awareness through lectures and curricula revisions to include more programmes that support and focus on sustainability.

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