Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) announced that its Building Retrofit Training (BRT) Programme will be launched in August.
In partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), the BRT Programme begins on 16 August 2017, at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, with the second workshop to be held at the EmiratesGBC office in Dubai on September 13.
The course is aimed at strengthening the efficiency of existing and new buildings in the UAE and bridging the knowledge-gap regarding best practices for retrofitting and building sector efficiency among all stakeholders in the industry.
Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “The Building Retrofit Training Programme is the first of its kind in the region that focuses on strengthening awareness and the skillsets of building industry stakeholders to enhance the energy efficiency of their existing and new projects.
"The programme has been carefully created to address specific requirements of the region, and outlines actionable steps that can help achieve the green vision of the nation."
HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “As part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, we have set a clear goal of retrofitting over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate to make them more energy efficient.
"To help achieve the goal, it is important that the building industry stakeholders have a clear understanding of the actionable steps they can take in effective retrofitting. The training programme by EmiratesGBC is a valuable initiative in this direction, and will lend further traction to achieving our goals.”
The programme offers 72 hours of instruction divided into two levels of curricula and caters to participants with varying levels of technical knowledge and experience.
The programme has been structured based on the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings that is available in Arabic and English, and serves as a handbook for all industry stakeholders to achieve higher levels of energy and water efficiency by retrofitting existing buildings.