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EcoMENA Newsletter - June Issue

EcoMENA Newsletter - June Issue

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Published by Salman Zafar
The objective of this newsletter is to create awareness and spread knowledge on environmental issues in particular to Middle East & North Africa.
The objective of this newsletter is to create awareness and spread knowledge on environmental issues in particular to Middle East & North Africa.

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Green Building Academy
Gr n Visi n
Educating for a Green Destination
EcoMENA
Powering Sustainable Developmentin Middle East and North AfricaIssue 2, June 2012
For a Green Future
Dear Reader,This is the second issue of the
'Green Vision'
, acombined effort by
Green Building Academy
and
EcoMENA
. You are reading this newsletter eitherbecause you are a visitor to the Green BuildingAcademy Websitewww.learning-green.comor tothe EcoMENA website www.ecomena.org.We thank you for your support.The objective of this news letter is to createawareness and spread knowledge on environmentalissues in particular to Middle East & North Africa.We hope it will be very useful to you and wewelcome your feedback on the same.
 
Expecting your continued patronage.Best Wishes,EditorGreen Vision Newsletter
In This Issue
Eco-friendly House Tips for Muscat Students
SolarEnergy in Jordan
 
MoU Between Qatar and Albania onEnvironment Protection
 
5 
Salient Features of Green Buildings
Saudi Arabia to Make Solar Poly silicon fromDesert Sands
Dealing with Used Lead-Acid Batteries
Common Sense Approach to Green RatingSystem
 
Water Taxis at The Pearl
Qatar
 
About Us
Contact Us
 
 
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Green Building Academy
Gr n Visi n
Educating for a Green Destination
EcoMENA
Powering Sustainable Developmentin Middle East and North AfricaIssue 2, June 2012
For a Green Future
Eco-friendly House Tips for Muscat Students
By Green Building Academy 
An eco-friendly house competition is being organized by The Research Council (TRC) in Muscatwhich aims to promote sustainable development in the Sultanate. The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is taking part in this competition.
Talking about the contest, HCT‘s teamleader Mona al Farsi said: ―We see it as a big challenge in terms of involving the stude
nts. Thishas awakened a sense of environmentally-responsive design approach among both studentsand faculties. It also brings into focus lack of environmental data for design purposes. Thecontest encourages research work while practically integrating all disciplines and stakeholders
from the early stage of design.‖ 
 
Panoramic View of Muscat 
(Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
 
Mona al Farsi added: The competition puts a great deal of emphasis on creating a balanceddesign approach that satisfies the occupant and at the same time improves the economy andquality of energy consumption while promoting proper use of space. She also pointed out that
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Green Building Academy
Gr n Visi n
Educating for a Green Destination
EcoMENA
Powering Sustainable Developmentin Middle East and North AfricaIssue 2, June 2012
For a Green Future
another challenge is to arrive at a delicate balance between the available new modern materialsand methods of construction and their environmental impact on the land in Oman.According to Mona Al Farsi, the key is to re-evaluate old techniques and design elements in itsnew and contemporary essence. Evolving traditional elements and specific Omani features and juxtaposing them into modern and functional elements is a prerequisite. She said: "thisinvolves placing premium on the Omani cultural heritage; saving water and energy; avoidingwasteful consumption of materials; and yet following the scientific approach of the buildingindustry.This competition promotes the use of renewable solar energy and integration of air-conditioning, passive ventilation, and desiccant cooling in the built form, on the wider objectiveof the competition. It would go a long way in enhancing awareness and creating a paradigmshift in sustainable development".Also, periodic visits by school students to understand the viability of eco-friendly houses helppromote awareness about the efficacy of solar energy and also strengthen their conceptualunderstanding of nature.These technologies need to be embraced by the Muscat Municipality, the Ministry of Housing,and Oman Tourism in terms of use of walling and roofing materials, standards and bestpractices, and eventually green building certifications.Visits to eco-friendly house demonstrations by contractors and real estate developers from theprivate sector would go a long way in promoting the use of these technologies and also help inprotecting environment.
Solar Energy in Jordan
By Salman Zafar, EcoMENA
The solar energy potential in Jordan is enormous as it lies within the solar belt of the world withaverage solar radiation ranging between 5 and 7 KWh/m
2
, which implies a potential of at least1000GWh per year annually. Solar energy, like other forms of renewable energy, remainsunderutilized in Jordan. Decentralized photovoltaic units in rural and remote villages are
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