Thursday, June 18, 2009

DM organizes symposium on using mortar in green buildings

Dubai Municipality- Dubai Central Lab Department has recently organized a scientific symposium on using mortar in green buildings. Many officials from the Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, other municipalities of the country, trainees from General Secretariat of Municipalities and representatives of manufacturers and suppliers attended the symposium.

Eng. Hawa Abdullah Bastaki Director of Dubai Laboratory Department said that the Dubai Government endeavors to implement all environmental methods and standards in the light of the directive of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to implement the green building specifications as of January 2008. The civic authority has also established a modern lab to conduct necessary related tests in line with the approved international standard specifications.

According to Bastaki, some significant tests on green materials and materials from recycling the old concretes were exhibited in the symposium. These materials were intentionally manufactured to mitigate power consumption, protect natural materials, reduce the operational costs, strengthen the building performance and create a healthy environment for work and residence. "A quality mark system will be applied on the green building products" she pointed out.

The advanced technical facilities in the lab will qualify it to perform as the first lab for green materials in the civic body and Dubai city. The laboratory will also conduct tests in the sites in addition to a lot of other tests such as physical, mechanical and thermal tests.

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