Manama: The fifth edition of the Arabian MEP (Mechanical Electrical Plumbing) Conference and Exhibition opened yesterday at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Inaugurating the conference, Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Essam Khalaf said it has become one of the most successful and important conferences encouraging the construction, engineering and contracting sector.
“The conference highlights all the recent and innovative updates in the field, and also sheds light on green technology and its uses; transforming buildings into environment-friendly green buildings.”
He also reiterated the importance of applying sustainable building techniques in order to limit the impact of climate change, provide a better environment that maintains economic and environmental balance and provide a better life for future generations.
“The ministry continues to activate the green buildings initiative, making it a work strategy that has been used since 2010.
“The strategy is being implemented in new projects for various ministries and government institutions in the kingdom; designed, supervised and maintained by the Works Ministry,” he added.
Green buildings have contributed to preserving power and water consumption, in addition to reducing costs of operation and maintenance, which traditional buildings do not do.
According to approved statistics, green buildings have shown positive results, by reducing not less than 30 per cent of water and electricity consumption, 15pc of operation and maintenance costs, 35pc of carbon emissions and 50-75pc of constructional waste.
Participants included more than 60 exhibitors from the region and around the globe, and professionals and experts from the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, in addition to mechanical and plumbing contractors, architects and designers as well as public utility providers and government agencies.
Thirteen seminars will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition, highlighting latest global trends in the field green buildings.