Qatar is paving way for green-construction in the region with its innovative eco and economy friendly alternatives for construction materials.
Construction firms in Qatar are planning to use recycled ‘steel slag’, wadi gravel, and used cooking oil in construction. Steel slag is obtained as a by product from steel manufacturing while gravel is a by product of washed sand.
Experts are also trying to have energy efficient roads, which uses less energy during construction and also those which can produce energy.
“We are looking at more innovation into construction industry, this includes low energy roads. Roads will be constructed with much lower energy consumption compared to the current usage. Also, we are looking at ways to utilise roads to generate energy as well, as roads occupy a huge area of our infrastructure,” Dr Khaled Hassan, Country Director and Head of Middle-East Infrastructure, TRL – Qatar, told The Peninsula at the sidelines of Future Concrete 2017 conference.
“Qatar is the first country to have a recycling specification in the region and Qatar recycling standard was adopted as GCC standard in 2015. Qatar is relying on imported materials for construction and promoting recycled materials is both environment friendly and economy friendly,” said Dr Mohammad bin Saif Al Kuwari, Head of the Environmental and Municipal Studies Institute, at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
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