Qatar : TRL launches new green construction guide


Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), a transport consultacy and research firm, has announced its support for the green building initiatives taken by the Qatar Government. The announcement comes following the release of their book: Recycled Aggregate in Construction – Qatar Experience

The book is a manual for the construction standards and guidelines required to develop new green buildings. It is a result of a collaboration between Qatar Standards, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Qatar University, key stakeholders in this industry, and funding support from the Qatar National Research Fund at Qatar Foundation.

Along with the release, TRL made clear its intention to raise awareness of the book and its findings to help industry players in Qatar in complying with the construction standards and guidelines.

Through the certification of recycled materials TRL, together with Qatar Standards, is taking part in supporting the industry of recycling.

The recycled aggregates show significant price differences, are cheaper than their imported counterparts, and raise awareness and promote recycled aggregates, the newly released book explains.

According to Dr. Khaled Hassan, Country Director for TRL, raising awareness and helping local companies in the production phase of recycled aggregates that adhere with new standards and guidelines is part of the company’s commitment to meet the goals. TRL will also offer independent audits for material quality checks before they meet Qatar’s standard certification.

The main goal of this project is to  improve Qatar’s construction industry by maximising local resources and reduce the use of imported materials.

Two national and regional awards, including the Most innovative project of the year from the Qatar Contractor Awards in 2013 and the Best Green innovation Project in MENA at the Green Mind Awards in 2014 have also been awarded to the project.

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