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July 6, 2009

QNCC goes for eco-gold

The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), currently under construction in Doha, is going for a gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) green building rating system. The 177,000-square-metre facility, which is due to open in 2011, is the first convention and exhibition centre of its kind being built to this high environmentally friendly standard.


“To capitalise on Doha’s endless sunshine, over 3,600 square metres of solar panels on the centre’s roof will produce 12.5 percent of our total energy requirements,” explained Paul D’Arcy, general manager, QNCC. “To the best of our knowledge it is the first such venue of this nature to achieve such a standard in its entirety.”


Other features that will help the venue to set a benchmark in eco-friendly design include LED lighting in the exhibition halls, a wireless conference management system, and state-of-the art systems for water saving, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.


Construction of the building, designed by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, is on schedule with stage one, including the external steel façade featuring the sidra tree design, already complete. Full enclosure of the building envelope is on course for September 2009 and groundwork has commenced for the 35,000-square-metre exhibition halls, or Stage 2, of the construction process.

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