Please upgrade your browser. This site requires a newer version to work correctly. Read more

Advocacy and policy

+1

Designing a Post-2012 Climate Agreement in a LEED Building

Published on 7 Dec 2012 Written by Peter Templeton Posted in Advocacy and policy

Doha – home to more than 70 percent of Qatar's population, the 2022 World Cup games, and the 5th most LEED registered and certified projects outside the U.S. – is a fitting host city for the UN climate negotiations, also known as COP18.

Qatar has embraced environmental sustainability as an integral part of the nation's future. This commitment is most evident in the significant investments being made in green buildings and renewable energy solutions. Innovative green building projects are underway across Doha including new developments bringing world-class education and healthcare facilities to Qatar. The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has been instrumental in advancing these efforts. QGBC provides technical resources and training to the rapidly growing community of green building professionals who are ensuring these ambitious sustainability goals are achieved.

The artfully designed venue for COP18, the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), is certified to LEED Gold. The QNCC incorporates state of the art lighting and controls to conserve energy, a 3,500m2 solar panel array, and greywater reuse systems to minimize potable water consumption. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change, remarked on the benefits of holding the conference in a green building, stating, “We've never worked in a place [QNCC] as environmentally responsible,” she said, adding that the venue was “fantastic.”

The QNCC forms part of the Qatar Foundation's Education City development. The center is just one of dozens of green building projects on this 2,500 acre campus which includes cutting edge classroom and research facilities, student residences, and event venues. It is a learning environment for students and visitors alike. This setting showcases not only Qatar's deep commitment to a better, more sustainable future, but also the immediate solutions available to us for addressing the global climate challenges discussed at COP18.

  • 1
    Peter Templeton made 1 contribution in the last 6 months

Peter Templeton

Senior Vice President, Global Market Development U.S. Green Building Council

0 commentsLeave a comment

Leave a comment Don't have an account? Create one

You must be signed in to leave a comment.

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on LinkedIn
In Advocacy and policy 04.4.2014

Tax vote brings good news for green building

In Advocacy and policy 03.28.2014

DC to World: We mean green (and it’s code now, too)

In Advocacy and policy 03.24.2014

New reporting initiative helps federal agencies continue their green building leadership

In Advocacy and policy 03.17.2014

Around the world in 80 market briefs