Dubai Municipality holds 6th International Conference for Sustainable Construction Materials
by Kasun Illankoon
Dubai Municipality organized the 6th International Conference for Sustainable Construction Materials under the theme, “Building the Future – Construction Technology of Tomorrow” from 6 to 7 November 2018 at Conrad Dubai Hotel in the presence of Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, CEO of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Sector and a number of researchers and experts in the field of sustainable construction materials.
Al Awadhi, who delivered the opening speech in the conference, stressed the pivotal role played by Dubai Municipality in the use of modern digital technologies and advanced technological applications, which have reflected positively on the services of testing and issuing conformity certificates and labels for construction materials, products and systems, which has a significant impact on enhancing the performance of the construction sector in accordance with the highest standards of quality and sustainability.
He pointed out that this year, the conference focused on ways to look ahead in terms of finding alternatives and smart technologies in the development of construction materials, products and systems.
He said Dubai Municipality has implemented several initiatives, projects and laws related to sustainability, including in many areas such as sustainable urban planning, environment, waste water treatment, solid waste management, thermal insulation, energy conservation, green building and its evaluation system (Al Saafaat), in order to reach the ultimate goal of making Dubai a sustainable green city.
The exhibition was participated by a number of establishments and companies in the field of sustainable construction materials. It exhibits a number of sustainable construction products that are environment friendly. The exhibition also highlighted the results of studies and research carried out by the Dubai Central Laboratory such as study on the use of nanotechnology in dyes and study on the design of 3D concrete mixtures using locally available materials.
On the second day, the conference program included a field visit to Expo 2020 site, where participants were briefed on the progress of the important global event, especially the construction work, as well as a field visit to the Sustainable City site to learn about the most important techniques used there.