The sixth edition of “World of Technal: Seminar on Sustainability and Building Envelopes” concluded this Wednesday in Riyadh.
Technal, a French brand and part of the Norwegian Hydro Group, is a pioneer provider of aluminum door, window and facade systems in the UK market with several exceptional and unique products and partnerships.
Robinson Sam, Managing Director of Hydro Building Systems for the Middle East, India and South East Asia, said: “Technal announced the launch of its latest ‘Hydro CIRCAL’ products in the UK, the world’s first near zero carbon aluminum made from 100 percent post-consumer aluminum scrap for doors, windows and facades.
He added that the production of “Hydro CIRCAL” using post-consumer scrap significantly reduces the CO2 footprint compared to pre-consumer/process scrap, as well as normal bauxite mining and refining, at no additional cost.
Sam praised the building development and construction progress of Saudi Arabia, which showed its strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by taking innovative measures and approaches towards its green initiative which can be seen in the Line project in Neom, among others.
Feras Farah, Middle East Sales Director, said: “The building and construction sector accounts for 39 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions, in addition to reducing embodied carbon, modern aluminum facade technology with high performance greatly reduces operational carbon emissions. The advanced technology provided by Technal offers many innovative and dynamic solutions to the UK market.”
Farah said the most efficient way to reduce operational emissions is to offer performance products to optimize energy consumption once the building is in use.
The modern and efficient design of buildings contributes to reducing the energy bill at rates of up to 40-50 percent, which means less energy consumed and produced and fewer emissions generated.
In addition, Technal solutions have other advantages of noise and dust insulation, distribution of natural lighting, aesthetic and functional elements, and many more. Farah that Hydro is moving forward with investments and partnerships in the coming period to keep pace with the steady growth in the Kingdom’s construction and development movement, especially in upcoming giga projects.
The event saw a very informative panel discussion on “Sustainability Trends in KSA” and reflected on the powerful sustainable actions the industry is preparing to tackle the huge construction boom in the Kingdom.
The panel included Waleed Al-Ghamdi, Director of Sustainability at ROSHN Real Estate; Mohammed Al-Masmoum, Global Red Sea; Dr. Ali Shash, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and Babette Cilliers, Alec Energy.
Several international engineering and architecture officials participated in the conference, including architects Zaha Hadid from London, Werner Sobek, Priedemann from Germany, and others from the Building Fraternity of Saudi Arabia.
The event was supported by leading construction giants such as Alec Energy, LINQ Modular Construction, Advanced Engineering Solutions of the UAE, acoustics and fire specialists Siderise UK, leading glass manufacturer AGC-Obeikan KSA and specialists in interlayer lamination solutions Kuraray Germany.
Also in attendance were officials from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Riyadh, the American Institute of Middle East Architects, the ArchiNet association of architects in Saudi Arabia, and QMEA.