The newest member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) will be the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).  Once the QGBC’s membership in the WGBC is finalized, it will join the United Arab Emirates as the only gulf-region countries with membership in the World Green Building Council.

“QGBC will encourage construction industry in Qatar to adopt environmentally friendly “green building” practices and will develop a new model for green building.  This new model will become the standard for all developers in Qatar and will take into account local culture and traditions.” Source: Gulf Times

Although the QGBC is in its formative stages, Qatar isn’t waiting for the new standards to be created before building sustainable buildings.  A quick search of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED registered project list shows 18 different projects under development that hope to attain LEED certification. 

One set of projects that appear on the list is a multi-unit higher education residence hall.  Six female-only and six male-only dormitories should be completed in 2010, and the project is aiming for LEED Platinum certification for each of the buildings in the complex. 

Mike Roark, a LEED AP with Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, is working on the project.  In a brief overview of the project, he writes, “Solar energy will be gathered on the rooftop through photovoltaic cells, wind energy will be harnessed by wind turbines on site, and water will be filtered and retained by the use of bio mass walls.” Source: Burns & McDonnell (PDF)

Not all of the registered projects in Qatar are listed on the USGBC site as project managers have the ability to keep their plans confidential.  One project not listed is going to take LEED certification to a new scale — the Dubai Towers in Doha.

The tower will measure 437 meters high.  For those of us that don’t use the metric system, this is roughly 1,433 feet, which is close to the height of the Sears Tower in Chicago.  This massive multi-use project is aiming for LEED certification, all 437 meters of it.

Photo by Julie Lindsay

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